Preparing for our Future

I want to wish every Kenyan a happy and healthy New and invite us to reflect on the year that has been.

2021 was a very hard year for a majority of Kenyans – economically, physically and mentally – particularly because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

I have seen, watched and read in awe and appreciation the resilience of our people when faced with this unheralded worldwide calamity. From in-house schooling, we embraced online learning. From an 8:00 am to 5:00 pm physical working schedule, we acknowledged that all 24 hours of the day could be equally if not more productive as we embraced digital working spaces.

The Kenyan collective in navigating through the worst crisis of our Century makes us all too aware of what more could and should have been done by the Jubilee Government. There should have been an economic stimulus package targeting the millions who lost their livelihoods. There should have been tax reliefs including and not limited to fuel and power utility costs for all Kenyans. There should have been an ease-back-to-school fees payment plan for all families with primary, secondary and university school-going children. More so, there should have been a nationwide policy applied to all Kenyans hospitalised with COVID 19 so that all could and can receive free and comprehensive medical care.

2021 was a year of could haves and many did not’s.

With the lifting of the nationwide curfew by President Uhuru Kenyatta this past Mashujaa Day 20th October 2021, we as a people are now able to sit together, visit together, worship together, rebuild together and transact business together.

Our present requires that we once and for all slay the dragon of corruption. I call upon all the agencies tasked with the Anti-Corruption war drive, to without fear or favour, arrest, prosecute and jail the corrupt. They too must ensure that all our monies hidden here and abroad are returned with interest.

As we head into the Election Year, we particularly put to notice the professionals who conduct Opinion Polls and urge them to exercise due diligence in their information gathering and sharing. I specifically draw attention to the findings within The Kriegler Commission Report established in February 2008 by President Mwai Kibaki to inquire into all aspects of the 2007 General Election and specifically the Presidential Election. The Kriegler Report apportioned some blame to and I quote: “3. Other players in the electoral process and 2007 election fall out… c) Opinion Polls – The impact of opinion polls on the outcome of the 2007 presidential elections was controversial… Every time the various poll results were released, a storm brewed.”

I have no doubt in my mind that if we do not address these Fake polls syndrome, a repeat of 2007 post-election violence can easily occur. We must call out and let the so-called pollsters know that we are watching, we are observing and we are questioning their findings. We cannot and will not go back to those dark and trying times to suit a “Two Horse” narrative.

Like you my fellow Kenyans, I watched in disbelief the events on 29th December 2021 during the Special Hearing of the Political Parties (Amendment) Bill, 2021. I strongly believe in political party coalitions and this particular amendment. But not through fist, water bottles, blood and tears. To the honourable members of the National Assembly, I ask you to ponder on the prophetic words of our dearly departed, the world’s “moral compass” Nobel Peace laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu “don’t raise your voice; improve the quality of your argument.” Hakika Tutaweza.

It is my fervent belief and hope that you will place your trust in the One Kenya Alliance come Election Day. OKA is your realisation of your political and economic blueprint. OKA will effect a 24 Hour Economy. We will implement free health care. We will turn HELB into a grant. We shall turn your small-holder based agriculture endeavour into gold. Most importantly, we will unite the country. OKA is One Kenya, One People.

As we continue to move across the country, our focus as OKA Principals is not on the flag-bearer, but on “our one accord in common bond united that will build our nation together for the glory of Kenya”, to quote our beautiful National Anthem.

OKA and indeed my aspiration for Kenyans rests in the last line of our National Anthem which I paraphrase; that the fruit of our labour fills every heart with thanksgiving for the glory of Kenya.

Hakika Tutaweza.

H.E. Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka, SC, EGH
Leader Wiper Democratic Movement

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