Now that President Uhuru Kenyatta has secured his second
term all eyes across the political divide are on him to see whether he does things
It should no longer be business as usual.
Even under the Constitution of Kenya 2010 and the Senate and
devolution, the Presidency remains the centre of Kenyan politics and the most
coveted political office.
Like Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the
United States (1901 to 1909), he needs to combine force of personality with
aggressive executive policies.
He must appoint a truly Face of Kenya Cabinet, bureaucracy
and state corporation management. He should have not quite a coalition
government, but a most inclusive one.
Given JP’s majority in both Houses, he should reopen the
parliamentary system debate.
And he has the instruments of power to fight corruption
He should slow down on international borrowing which forces
up local interest rates.
Electricity distribution and connectivity are JP’s greatest
legacy so far, and he needs to build on its real quality-of-life factors.