The biblical book of Proverbs instructs us to “listen to advice.”
A wise man is humble enough to understand that they do not have all the experience, knowledge and information to make an informed decision.
President Uhuru Kenyatta’s outreach in recent years, not only to opposition politicians, but also to the Kenyan people, is to gain important perspectives about how best to rule and learn from other people.
The authors of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report recently handed it to the people at Bomas of Kenya in a ceremony presided over by the President and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.
Despite being formed by politicians, the ordinary Kenyans’ input has led the BBI process. The details contributed by ordinary Kenyans will lead to the formation of a new Kenya where all citizens have equal say.
The nine issues which the BBI report authors canvassed the people are; ethnic antagonism, lack of a national ethos, inclusivity, devolution, divisive elections, security, corruption, shared prosperity and responsibility.
Looking at these issues as the bedrock of BBI, it is hard to know why anyone stands against it.
Those who oppose the initiative must explain why they are against an important document that seeks to make Kenya a better place.
Do they have the answers to all of society’s ills?
It is the people who suffer from a lack of inclusivity, divisions, corruption and poverty, so they should advice to the leaders who may not understand their needs.
That President Kenyatta, Mr Odinga and others, wish to seek the people’s counsel before making certain decisions should be seen as a strength and not weakness.
These naysayers do not see themselves as servants of the people, as elected people should, but the people’s masters.
These people should stay away from leadership since most of them do very little to promote the people’s progress.
Those who listen and seek advice are the peace-seekers, the unifiers. They understand how Kenya can move in a positive direction.
Those who do not listen to the people are hold the society back.
After undergoing many decades of lack of progress and tribalism, we should be able to identify such people.
For a long time, Kenyans have waited for a servant leader who listens.
The people have been speaking to the BBI team and their words of wisdom will hopefully become the roadmap to a Kenya that can face its challenges.
The people’s process should not be derailed.
Ms Benyawa is a freelance journalist [email protected]