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The urgent need to repair our broken politics, social fabrics

Sunday February 11 2018

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All developed countries have development Marshall Plans to guide them.

Borrowing a leaf from advanced economies, the Kenyan government crafted the Vision 2030 development blue print, which is anchored on economic, social and political pillars.

Drafters considered a broader holistic view to development instead of taking a simplistic and linear economic perspective.

Many countries have placed more emphasis on the economy at the expense of the other two, hence creating an unsustainable development scenario.

Scholars have opined that development is not just about brick and mortar, it goes beyond the two aspects.

Other indicators including political and social aspects must be considered.


None of the pillars can operate in isolation. Issues such as a stable political climate, respect for human rights and the rule of law as well as upholding ethical values contribute immensely to overall national development.

Kenya has scored highly on the broader approach to development by having a new Constitution and Vision 2030.

A review of the country’s development shows it is transforming economically, especially in the area of infrastructure and investment in mega stores.

Jubilee regime has sustained massive infrastructure works began by former President Mwai Kibaki’s government.

Major highways have been constructed across the country, opening up areas that were relegated to the periphery.

More roads have been constructed. The quality of road network has also improved, enabling efficient movement of people and goods.

In fact, each part of the country has a tarmac road.

That is good news for a developing nation. It implies that the fight against poverty is very much on course.

Several economic reviews by reputable international bodies have posted positive results about our economy.

We are among the fastest growing economies in the world.

Many global brands, particularly malls, are eyeing the Kenyan retail market. These are no mean achievements on the economic front.

However, we are not faring well in some crucial areas.

The government ought to pay attention to the social and political spheres of national development.

Kenya is suffering from deficiency of moral values.

Our society has been deeply permeated by a pervasive and debilitating culture of corruption.

This prevalence of graft betrays a latent decay in our ethical values.

In addition, bad political culture is hampering economic development.

We are perceived as an unstable nation. Let our leaders urgently fix the broken political and social fabrics for sustainable development.

Benard Amaya, Nairobi.