It is time the President addressed the genuine concerns of worried Kenyans

By: GITHUKU MUNGAI

President Uhuru Kenyatta has a duty to Kenyans. He knows that the presidency comes with a number of responsibilities.

He has to address the country. We know that running a country is not easy, but we note the President’s every move.

In July this year, he denied that financial shenanigans were going on at the National Youth Service in reply to his political rival, Raila Odinga.

I remember emailing from Dar es Salaam, saying: “Is the President not likely to subject himself to shame if it is finally found out that there is a problem there?”

Now the President will have to tap expertise in the private sector to try to streamline the government’s financial affairs.

The fat cats in the consultancy firms will, of course, be paid millions of shillings.

We are not going to relent as a country until the President shows us that he is giving us his best. We are being short-changed here.

It is annoying to read reports the wastage of hundreds of billions of shillings due to parallel staff on the government payroll.

Would the executive chairman at a milk processing company pay strange people for work not done?

Come on guys, let us not allow our brains to sleep.

We need to shout until the President is forced to acknowledge that there are problems — corruption and inefficiency. This insouciance cannot be allowed to go on.

President Uhuru Kenyatta needs to grab this opportunity to correct the things that have gone wrong before everything goes haywire, which he seems to think is not possible.

WE NEED ACCOUNTABILITY

He was recently quoted asking where the press can take him.

That is hubris of the highest level. We are not asking for any favours from him.

We are demanding accountability and he has no option but to listen.

The sooner he responds to the demands from wananchi, Mr Raila Odinga and Mr Musalia Mudavadi included, the better.

We are asking him to “guillotine” those who have stolen from the government and to “axe” the tens of thousands on the civil service payroll who have no work.

He is an economist and political scientist and I would expect him to have no problem at all addressing the valid concerns that we have raised.

And as an entrepreneur, he should know that one is paid strictly for work done.