NAIROBI, Kenya-Kenya’s President, Mr. Uhuru Kenya, has been talking about a legacy he wants to leave Kenyans.

But what does that really mean?

It means something he will be remembered for after he leaves office, or he is dead and gone. So, this is serious, is it not?

We believe it is.

Since the president has been talking about “the big four” we want to discuss his legacy under the rubric of those four.

Before we do that, though, let us provide some context.

Mr. Kenyatta’s election on August 8, 2017, was nullified by the top court in the land, based on illegalities and irregularities. This kicked up a storm that has not fully subsided yet.

A fresh poll was ordered, among other things, for October 26, 2017.

The main opposition, a coalition of political parties known as NASA, boycotted the election because several issues the Supreme Court wanted addressed were not.

NASA did not only pull out but managed to convince at least sixty percent of the electorate to stay away.

Although the top court validated the October 26, 2017 repeat poll the nation is still divided.

Kenya’s economy is virtually collapsing under the weight of rebellion and conflict.

So, what should the president do? What should be his top priority? What should his focus be if he is to leave a legacy of any significance?

These questions must be answered simply and completely.

As others have said, sometimes the way we define the problem is the problem.

How will the president be able to leave an open-ended legacy, which he has defined as manufacturing; food security; affordable health care; and affordable housing?

Ever since Mr. Kenyatta’s election on October 26, 2017, was upheld by the Supreme Court, against the wishes of millions of Kenyans, he has been fighting a legitimacy problem that refuses to go away.

The fact is, Mr. Kenyatta is notorious for messed up priorities. A good example is the lap top program.

Based on these misguided, ill-defined goals, as well as disgraceful public pronouncements by some of his surrogates, it behooves the president to gag or replace them.

The riskiest ones are David Murathe, Denis Itumbi, Aden Duale, Kipchumba Arap Murkomen, and the president’s Deputy, Mr. William Ruto. Why?

Because they are self-seekers with agenda that is diametrically opposed to that of the president.

Maintaining the status quo, and 2022  Kenyatta succession politics, is what they eat, sleep and drink ad infinitum.

Under the circumstances in which the president came to power, no meaningful legacy can evade a genuine, spirited effort to unify the country. This is what Mr. Kenyatta’s handlers, in their ignorance, are subverting.

Let us ask a rhetorical question.

How many Kenyans in Takaba, Lodwar, Migori, or Lamu, understand what Mr. Kenyatta is talking about when he says his legacy is manufacturing, affordable housing, affordable health care, and affordable housing?

Affordable to whom? Manufacturing what?

Is he planning to pay one hundred percent the people’s hospital bills, their rent or mortgage; and feed them daily?

The short answer is, no.

Ordinary Kenyans, at least seventy-five percent of them, live in their own homes in the countryside.  Mr. Kenyatta’s big four are vague concepts to which they cannot relate.

 And who can blame them?

When you define your goals is such ambiguous, inaccessible terms, you may not only fail to achieve them, but you lose all the people.

They do not understand you. And they do not take you seriously.

These are high sounding academic concepts that make sense only in an Economics classroom, or to a select few who are lucky enough to live and work in the major cities in Kenya.

So, what must the president do?

We believe Mr. Kenyatta must first get rid of advisers, some of whom are elderly but without wisdom that is supposed to come with age.

Many of these advisors appear to suffer from tribal, colonial hang-ups and related maladies.

The president must replace them with vibrant, progressive and youthful thinkers who abound in Kenya today and can effectively communicate his message.

This segment of the nation’s population consists of Kenyans who only speak Swahili and/or English and have no time for tribal proclivities of the sixties and earlier.

So, what should be the “big four” that will certainly help the president realize his goal to leave a worthwhile legacy? Here they are.

Ending corruption, ensuring the success of devolution; making the rule of law a reality in Kenya; and unifying the nation.

You do not need to define these concepts because the people already understand them. Yes, everyone understands corruption, devolution, the rule of law, and unity.

Achieving them, however, is not simple. It will mean breaking with the past, and some so-called friends, in order to make a breakthrough for Kenya.

Kenyans already know these are the fundamental issues the country has been unable to overcome since independence. The human and economic cost of ignoring these four is unimaginable!

If Mr. Kenyatta, whose administration is today the most disorderly and chaotic one since independence, accomplishes only one, or two, of the above, he will have moved the nation beyond his wildest dreams.

Otherwise, his legacy is already all but assured.

In a word, chaos!

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