How many angels can dance on a pin head……?
Can you see angels?
Can it be proved they exist ?
The question of how many of these “beings” can dance on a pin head originated in medieval times and was often times used as a metaphor for debates that usually ended up nowhere or had no clear answers.
And that to me is how the debate on who the most popular presidential candidate is to me.
Already it seems we have almost if not more than 20 presidential candidates all seemingly offering miracle cures of the Loliondo kind for what ails this country.
Am beginning to ask myself whether we aren’t being hoodwinked with the popularity contests instead of focusing on the key issues.
Like my pet subject, Vision 2030.
A lot of the time the politicking going on about issues is done devoid of the grand plan for Kenya that was funded by tax payers money.
Politicians and Kenyans too ,forget that what oils the cogs of government is tax payers money,hell even the coffee and sandwiches members enjoyed when they sat till 12.00 am to pass the pending bills was funded by tax payers.
So why aren’t we asking what these presidential wannabe’s are going to do for our beautiful country.
Why are we wasting time discussing polls,tribal alliances and whom we are going to fix next.
Because we are so caught up in non issues we have lost focus of the three key pillars(economic,social and political)that Vision 2030 rests on.
Take the economy for example which at the moment we cant do much about…However, we can be vigilante and show collective displeasure for kleptomaniacs who are hell bent on leaving treasury dry with their pilfering.
We can be responsible citizens by asking for more transparency in the way CDF(constituency development funds) monies are spent,in the way the CDF boards are constituted,such that an MP does not use it to reward cronies.
On the social front ,do all Kenyans feel safe and secure ,of course not! and this is largely due to the social inequalities that exist and also the high rate of unemployment among the youth.
This has resulted in them being the perpetrators of social crimes like theft,burglary,hijackings and all manner of social evils.
But something can be done here,like government creating an enabling environment for the private sector to run business that can soak up the large numbers of unemployed youth.Removing most of the bottle necks and bureaucracy when it comes to investors setting up business here would be a great boost to the economy.Rwanda has already made quantum leaps in this direction and is now number one among the East African countries when it comes to attracting investments,it takes only a day to register a business there.
And what about our politics…..
We need to strengthen our parties,too bad that the amendment by a section of parliamentarians to have party hopping safeguarded even a few days in the lead up to the general elections will do nothing but slow down reform in the political front.
Party hopping a quintessential Kenyan habit especially when it comes to politicians will be with us till another generation sees what lack of national values and political ideology can do.
In part Vision 2030 foresees this on the matter of politics as a pillar towards vision 2030 “…Kenyans shall formulate and adopt a set of national values,goals and a political ideology supportive of Vision 2030.Among the key guiding principles for this third pillar of the grand march to a middle income economy are :constitutional supremacy,sovereignty of the people,equality of the citizens,national values goals and ideology,visible political party system,public participation in governance,separation of powers and decentralisation.
All of the above make sense and if implemented would see us achieve political maturity as a country sooner than later. But after the recent happenings in parliament left me wondering if we weren’t getting ourselves into a fix by going against the very same plan against which our Vision 2030 is going to be propped on.
Pray,how does allowing party hopping and whimsical change of parties days to general elections strengthen or even promote ideology?
Guess this Vision will need another generation before it sees the light of day and that is why i posited in an earlier post that this change we need will have to start in our schools,among young Kenyans or else we will be discussing ethereal beings and their ability to dance or lack thereof on pin heads for a long long time.