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By KENNETH JURA December 2nd, 2014 3 min read

I am not sure whether you will see my article after all it will appear on a meat wrapper however it will not halt my quest to commend you for the good work you have done since you were elected in 2013.

We are almost into the third year of your able leadership. When you recently traveled to The Hague you left us with your ever industrious and multi faceted deputy president who towed the line in making sure the country was efficiently run.

The former Prime Minister is moving around the country discrediting your amazing government yet you have done a lot for my beloved motherland, rebranding of National Youth Service is one example, which is directly under your office led by the ever charming Anne Waiguru your cabinet secretary for devolution and planning.

It is indeed great that the NYS has been tasked to clean and open up Kibera slum. Lord knows there is nobody living in those slums who can do it.

Mr. President, all those against your leadership do not want to see the change that your leadership brings to our country. The recently launched cashless matatu payment will definitely solve challenges of revenue collection as the country’s greatest tax evaders are of course bus conductors, it is well known.


Who needs a better rail network? Who is their mother?

It is very unfortunate that some members of parliament and senators from CORD are vehemently against everything you are initiating. Mega projects such as the standard gauge railway, laptop project for standard one pupils, provision of free maternity services, security surveillance.

The list is endless. Surely aren’t we gratified of what the president has done? They are naysayers who don’t know how to spend money.

The Jubilee manifesto was anchored on the promise of transforming Kenya. Some of the promises included national cohesion and enhanced security through modernization of security forces .

To this end, you have led the way by purchasing a heavily armoured car that no bullet can penetrate. A safe president after all is the same thing as a safe nation, but naysayers don’t understand this.

Your Excellency, when you were the finance minister a friend of mine sought your audience to explain the “typing error” in your budget and he still waits even when you are the commander in chief.

He does not understand that you are teaching him the value of patience; I strongly believe he needs to move on.


Recently, women of this country held a demonstration demanding respect from men after a lady was stripped at the Embassava stage. What I still do not understand is your ubiquitous silence on the matter yet it touched on social life and personal security which is enshrined in the Constitution chapter 4 article 34.

Women are givers of life and so the respect should be held at all times, same to any other person moreover. Her excellency the First Lady is fighting to have zero deaths during child birth. How would this be achieved yet  women are being raped, stripped, maimed and do not feel secure in her own country?

Why give birth in a country that your child cannot be guaranteed of security?

I am sorry your Excellency, I might have seemed a bit critical there. Of course you are not ignoring the women, you are simply waiting for the perfect PR moment to launch a drive for women’s dignity, spearheaded by the illustrious First Lady. Ooops, did I say PR above, it was a typing error. Forgive me.

Kapedo, Lamu, Westgate, Garissa, Mandera, Pangani and other places have been hit hard with acts of terrorism and lawlessness and you are quite courageous to go to such places after these incidences with a bullet proof vest.

The only language some of this people hear is talking tough just as you did in Kapedo and Westgate from State House, trust me on this.


Mr. President it is deeply disconcerting that individuals such Boniface Mwangi and Betty Waitherero and their ilk continue to be thorns in your lean blameless government. In fact they speak your tongue and the least they could do is support and defend your government instead of running on the streets. Do you think they need some “chicken” to have them speak your tongue?

In my mother tongue when your father is mad you don’t run away from him but cover him up. They have done the opposite. They have a sufferer-complex that makes them want to complain and whine all the time. I suggest you do not listen to them ever.

After all, who are their mothers? Yours is Mama Ngina, the first First lady. You are the son of Jomo Kenyatta the founding father of our country. Do not be cowed by individuals who do not know how a government runs.

Kenneth Jura is a creative writer who comments on social issues.