Three Daunting Tasks That Face Uhuru’s Second Term
With the Supreme Court having validated the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta, it is now time for him to turn his attention to key tasks awaiting him. As the dust settles, the newly elected President will have three key tasks he must tackle urgently.
The first is economic rejuvenation. While the electioneering period has not seen much of the destruction that visited the country in 2007/08 post-election violence, the uncertainty it has brought about has stalled economic activity. Businesses have been seriously affected, and many plans are on hold awaiting the signal that this period has finally come to an end.
The counties are yet to receive their disbursements from the National government, meaning that little meaningful economic activity has been taking place there.
The government will need an economic blueprint in short to medium term to jump-start the economy. It might have to offer additional incentives to some sectors such as agriculture to boost production and marketing. In the run-up to the August 8 election, the government subsidized the cost of maize flour to enable families to afford the country’s staple food. This was after a severe maize
shortage caused a spike in the cost of production of the country’s staple food.
The second task is that of national reconciliation, healing, and inclusion. The run-up to the General Election and the intervening period before the repeat election was held, were very divisive periods in the country.
Kenyans tend to be divided along ethnic lines, and this was no different. As a consequence, major tribes aligned themselves with either of the two political formations — Jubilee and Nasa.
However, the problem with these alignments is that they are thoroughly exploited by politicians who feel that the only way they can containerize votes in ethnic communities is by ethnic jingoism.
The President will need to reach out to all in the country to bring national healing. The third task is pacifying the country. A lot of people and communities walk around Kenya with deep wounds from grievances, real and imagined. It is time to deal with these so-called historical injustices once and for all.
President Uhuru made the first all-important step when in 2015 he apologized to all those whose actions of Government over the years had inflicted harm on them in any way.
He even set up a Sh10 billion fund to compensate people who were victims of such grievances.This was a very bold, even audacious, step, and one that broke the ice. He should now move the process to the next step- that of acknowledging the various grievances and seeing through compensation for them. This way, he can create and secure his legacy for all time as the president who dared confront what has been taboo in Kenya for 50 years and laid it to rest.
Very shortly, Kenyans will hear the sound of a gunshot, which will be the signal for the president to start off the blocks for the second round of his presidency. It will also mark the starting of the timer for the three key tasks that urgently await his presidency.
Originally posted on The People Daily