January 20th 2018

Opinion / Commentaries

Real change vs. cosmetic change in Kenya

It would also be equally gratifying if corruption in Kenya were wiped out in record time, with those implicated in it, arrested, prosecuted and jailed in record time.

By Michael Mundia KamauThursday, 21 Dec 2017 11:16 EAT

The 2017 Kenyan Standard 8 K.C.P.E. examination results were recently released in record time by the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC). And now the 2017 KCSE results have been released in record time too. "Record time" should not however b selective and it would also be equally gratifying to see "record time" effected in equal measure across the board in Kenya in all aspects.

For instance, it would b gratifying if unemployment in Kenya was equally eradicated in record time, so that Kenya ends up with a zero percent unemployment rate. It would also be equally gratifying if corruption in Kenya were wiped out in record time, with those implicated in it, arrested, prosecuted and jailed in record time. It would also be equally gratifying if crime, disease, drug abuse and homelessness in Kenya were eradicated in record time. This country needs to start feeling real change, not cosmetic change.

There is an American legend and icon, an American corporate titan called Lee Iacocca who took over at the giant US Chrysler Motor Corporation when Chrysler was on the verge of insolvency and bankruptcy. Iacocca pulled off one of the most remarkable turnarounds in history by bringing Chrysler back to profitability and paying off Chrysler's debts in full in 1983, eight years ahead of the scheduled pay off date of 1991.

So impressed were Americans that Iacocca was asked to stand for US President in 1988 but he declined. Now these are the kind of "record times" that Kenya needs, Lee Iacocca type "record times", not empty cosmetic "record times".

The writer is a freelance journalist based in Nairobi.





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