Enough politicking, let’s focus on getting out of this situation

What you need to know:

  • Many members of our elected leadership have become obsessed with 2022 politics at the expense of what needs to be taken care of right now.

Over the past month or so, much of what is transpiring in Kenyan politics has been confusing to the ordinary citizen. We are seeing a lot of contradicting stories and are desperately trying to make light of what our politicians appear to be arguing about.

One of the common themes we see is 2022 succession politics. It often appears that the vast majority of our elected leaders spend more time dealing with what position they will take in 2022, rather than considering how to contribute to the nation they were elected to serve.

Leaders, whether at the community, county, parliamentary or executive level, should be leading, not thinking about themselves. They should have all of our interests at heart.

Unfortunately, many members of our elected leadership have become obsessed with 2022 politics at the expense of what needs to be taken care of right now.

We have many more pressing problems, chief among them the Covid-19 pandemic. And while it is unlikely to last until 2022, there will certainly be many repercussions we need to deal with, as a nation, before then. Once a vaccination for Covid-19 is discovered, we will begin the process of healing our economy. 

Many have suffered from the economic shutdown and lack of jobs, from all of the difficulties that accompany physical distancing and restrictions in movement. While we have now gotten over the initial shock, there will be many changes to expect in the future.

The president’s economic development plans, including the Vision 2030 and the Big Four Agenda, have been temporarily side railed as we deal with the Covid-19 pandemic.

But President Uhuru Kenyatta has not lost sight of the nation’s long term needs.

While others argue about who will be elected in 2022, the president is focusing on realising his pre-election promises. His ability to concentrate on what is important while shutting out the noise around him is the hallmark of his leadership.

The tough decisions he made in March when Covid-19 first reached Kenya and he continues to make with every new bit of information we find out about the virus, are the ones that will make or break our ability to cope.

The president made it clear that he is not interested in wasting time with people who do not support his development agenda. These are the kinds of politicians that think about their own pockets more than the prosperity of the nation. As we all know, Kenya is at war with widespread corruption.

With so many pressing global issues, we really have no time to waste with petty politics and arguments. Too much news coverage obsesses over who will be aligned to who and which parties will be dominant in 2022.

The year is 2020, and there is still a long time before any of our current politicians should be campaigning again. We are on the cusp of promising, life changing moments in Kenya’s history. The BBI may well offer us the opportunity to unify once and for all, to overcome all of our differences and embrace each other as citizens of one strong, peaceful country.

Before Covid-19 happened, we were so close to prosperity. Now we have been slowed down a little bit but we have not stopped completely. While patience is one of the most important virtues, so are kindness and understanding. 

These two characteristics will help us to understand what other people in different situations are going through, and will enable us to have compassion as we find solutions that work for the entire country - not just segments of it.

We have been fragmented long enough, but the BBI offers us the opportunity to renew ourselves and the country.

Michael Cherambos comments on topical socio-political issues; [email protected]