April 2010.

My daughter was three years and we  were at the Rift Valley Sports Club in Nakuru .

It was late afternoon and while we were having lunch who comes in?

Kabando wa Kabando in the company of a few other people who looked like MP’s.

My daughter was running around with a book and she happened to pass by Kabando just as he was being shown to his table.

He bent down shook her hand and asked her what she was doing.

On showing him the book she was reading, he took it and proceeded to go through the 10 or so pages with her reading out aloud.

He waved at us and proceeded to join his group.

Now most Kenyan MP’s have this diva attitude about them,like they would rather not talk to the mere mortals who elected them.

They drive around in cars that have tinted windows,have traffic cleared hours before they leave their houses and are members of very exclusive clubs.

I wrote about the reason Kenyans should not be surprised about this behaviour here.

This is in sharp contrast to the very ideal that leadership should be about.

Being a leader is a call to service.

It requires that the men and women who aspire to such positions  be servant leaders.

How many times have you seen a Kenyan leader rise to the occasion and put the country first before self?

Did they do it when they were asked to pay taxes?

Do they do it when joining political parties driven by ideals and not-self interest?

Do they show it when passing legislation in parliament?

Do they show when carrying out their political campaigns?

Are they showing it now as we gear up for the elections in an year’s time?

What really makes a great Kenyan leader?

Published by Santina

Founder of African Lifestyle Brand -Maridadi,I have interests in Technology, Society &Culture,Lifestyle and I am working on taking African brands to the global stage,looking to working with individuals and companies that know acknowledge Africa's potential and the amazing individuals that call it home!


  1. A great leader is one who comes to the support of their tribesman when the latter is in trouble. For example, when new’s of Nancy Baraza’s woe’s were coming to the fore, some leaders came to her defense and support. Notably though, is that these leaders were from her own ethnic community. Led by Fred Gumo. Those are signs of great Kenyan leaders. Atleast that’s the gospel according to our Kenyan leaders, in this case MP’s.

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