Disclaimer: The letter below is meant for diasporadical purposes only. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead is purely coincidental.
Dear Mr. President,
In Shakespeare’s play “Julius Caesar”, Mark Anthony standing over Caesar’s bleeding corpse says: “The evil that men do lives after them, the good is oft interred with their bones.”
Kenyans being Kenyans may continue to have short memories but there is no doubt that posterity is still likely to remember your failings more than the good you may have done for your people during your two term presidency.
As Kenyans anxiously await the year, day, hour, minute and second you leave the Office of the President accompanied by your wife First Lady Lucy, I cant help but wonder: at what point did you change from leader to ruler?
I ask because we believed you were a leader when we elected you the first time [as for the second time, I wont get into that right now] because leadership is what we’ve sorely needed to steer Kenya forward.
But like every other African
despot strongman megalomaniac president known to history, you started out a leader then became a ruler as the power got into your head and as the sychophants and court poets alienated you from the people. It is indeed rare that a ruler can be a leader and do a better job of both.
The difference between ruler and leader?
Well, a ruler has no place in any modern democracy to begin with, since he governs as a sovereign and not as a servant of the people. The ruler is answerable to no one and runs the country as an extension of his personal property. This is quite different from leadership. A leader is creative, adaptive, and agile. He looks at the horizon and not just the bottom line. He acts in the greater good which necessitates having a goal, a direction, an objective, a vision, a dream, a path and a reach.
The bottomline is this: you have destroyed all trust the people may have had in you. Decimated it, actually. In this regard, I echo the sentiments of Prof Yash Pal Ghai that you have consistently betrayed the public trust, trashed all your promises, squandered all the goodwill your people had towards you and hence dashed all hopes of leaving any form of a legacy after your death or welcomed retirement, whichever comes first.
On the subject of the new Constitution, we all knew that your frantic last-minute spirited push for this New Covenant was only motivated by a sense of urgency to leave a lasting legacy. Sadly for you, the Promulgation of the New Constitution will never be your legacy. It is Kenya’s legacy. In fact it would have happened earlier but for the interference of you and your immediate predecessor. Hence, your legacy will, and should remain, your efforts in getting in the way of that historic promulgation day. Even after the coming into force of the new Constitution, you continue to take us back to the old politics of nepotism, tribalism and cronyism.
As for the current constitutional impasse between your coalition partner Raila Odinga and yourself, I believe your puppet Alfred Mutua when he says that you engaged in consultations before making the public nominations of Chief Justice, Attorney General, Director of Public Prosecutions and Controller of Budget. In fact if people are writing history correctly, they will not fault you for being consultative in your approach to leadership. You’ve been over-consultative, in fact. But your definition of consultation goes against the Constitution and it is the very hallmark of your Presidency. Throughout your terms in office you have surrounded yourself with a mixed batch of goons, thugs and crooks on whom you have too heavily relied on for advice and counsel on how to run this country. This does not amount to consultation, at all. This has been a recurring and consistent trend throughout your tenure. Indeed there have been many other instances when it has more than apparent that you had completely abdicated your powers and left the affairs of Kenya in the hands of a clique of close confidants who owe allegiance to no one not even you.
And now, let me tell what your legacy will be: governing Kenya like a tribal village, paying lip-service to the fight against corruption, representing the living embodiment of impunity, dwarfing Daniel arap Moi’s 24 year dictatorship in only 8 years of office, insulting the collective intelligence of the Kenyan people, vomiting on the shoes of West and other development partners to no ends and making Kenya a laughing stock in the international community.
It is my sincere hope that you will be the last of the breed of Presidents we pay Kshs 2 Million every month and then beg them to do their job.