If Kenya had more leaders like Mutua, we would have hope

Leaders should emulate Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua, who was reported to have asked the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to investigate his bank accounts, assets, and wealth.

He also asked the EACC to conduct a lifestyle audit for all Machakos County government employees.

In a country that is reeling from all forms of corruption allegations and plunder of public resources, Dr Mutua’s action is a breath of fresh air.

This is what Kenyans citizens expect of their leaders. Kenyans do not feel optimistic about the government and its institutions.

Suddenly State officials have opulent wealth whose origin they cannot explain. Service delivery in most government institutions is pathetic.

Citizens are dying in ambulances in the precincts of hospitals and the quality of education has plummeted as examinations are blatantly stolen.

Like the Machakos Governor, Kenyans are keen to know how top public officers, including Cabinet secretaries, acquired their wealth.

The Jubilee administration needs to foster this spirit.

This is the kind of leadership that Kenyans expect at all levels — from the counties to the national government.

Otherwise we will remain a frustrated lot, relying on a leadership that seems to have no clue where it is leading us, wishing that we had more leaders like Dr Mutua.