The famous handshake that the country witnessed some few weeks ago has left every tongue wagging. The handshake between President Uhuru and former Prime Minister AKA the people’s president might not leave the lips of most Kenyans for the next few months or so.
Let us face it all it was is a handshake, after closed door talks which we cannot tell what is cooking in the pot. We need to drop that line that it was a handshake of unity. Politics is a diverse industry and in fact a very lucrative profession. A simple background principle on politics. `There are no permanent enemies in politics’.
That said maybe we first need to sort out our issues that regard to national unity before we make the handshake seem like an infrastructure.
Kenya is a country consisting of 44 tribes and we need to embrace Kenyanism as the new face of Kenya. Unlike the tribal showdowns that we have witnessed for the better part of last year and 2018.
The writings are on the wall, political parties are based on voting blocs which constitute to geographical areas amounting to tribal politics. Visit any bunge la Mwananchi at Jeevanjee gardens or City Hall and this is clearly evident, our politics are yet to mature due to tribal linings.
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According to the latest survey by Kenya National Bureau of Statistics indicates out of the 19,000 Kenyans between 19 – 64 years who should be bringing revenue to our debt struck nation, 7 million of them are jobless. The report further reveals that 9 out of 10 unemployed Kenyans are below the age of 35 years.
How has the government facilitated the growth of SMEs? SMEs are the future of the Kenyan economy, you cannot guarantee the future of the economy if majority of the startups cannot breakeven within the first year.
Interest capping rates introduced last year has resulted to banks shifting away from high risking borrowers who majorly involve small businesses.
SMEs can take most of the credit for creating jobs for Kenyans and this is a rising trend expected in the nest decades.Joblessness is nothing tribal it is national let us put that in mind.
Economics aside, Kenyanism should be brought about by the need to close the gap between the needy and the sufficient, our political divide is costing the taxpayer billions due to our focus on tribal blocs instead of putting the government in toes as a country. You can almost tell the direction of a political discussion in the streets based by the second name of the people involved in the discussion.
It is the high time we viewed issues facing the country in a national manner, let us call a spade a spade.
National unity cannot be achieved by mere handshakes by politicians who have created a stalemate because of ideological differences. The country is bigger than leaders. Leaders come and go and leave us languishing in debts, you can borrow a leaf from Greece.
Leaders come and go leaving behind no trails of money they embezzled from the public leaders. The system is so rotten that no one bothers to put them in to question. So who is the problem here is it the leaders or we the people?
The unity of we the Kenyans is what will ensure that we vote in leaders that have the interest of Kenyans at heart.
Let us review issues we are currently facing as a country and re think on who is playing who? Are we the ones giving power to the wrong people or is the society so rotten that it can longer produce citizens who cannot change the face our country?
Parting Shot: “Youth unemployment has been described as a ticking bomb, with frustrated young men and women susceptible to drugs, prostitution, or even being lured into terrorism.” Kenya National Bureau of Statistics.
By Victor Von Njagi