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Thursday, 23 Nov 2017 16:05 EAT
President Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA leader Raila Odinga should consult to heal the country after a long protracted electioneering period, Dr Jeff Kaluyu, who also contested for presidency during the August 8 and October 26 repeat says.
Dr Kaluyu, who is a motivational public speaker, Educator and Author based in the US has consequently asked President Kenyatta to adopt an open door policy to accommodate his opponents in the just concluded controversial polls.
An IEBC clerk marks Dr Kaluyu finger after voting.
“The country is seriously divided after the prolonged electioneering period and therefore I am urging President Kenyatta to adopt open door policy to meet and talk to NASA leader as well as other leaders who have a stake in society. This will be a positive move towards healing the wounds so far caused by the chaotic election period”, he said when Kenya Free Press interviewed him.
He spoke as the government gazetted Tuesday November 28th as a public holiday to pave way for swearing in of President Uhuru Kenyatta for his second term in office. Raila on his part has refused to recognise President Kenyatta's win and reports indicate plans of him being sworn in the same day.
Dr Kaluyu stated that he was fronting his campaign agenda “Bandilisha (Change) Kenya Movement’ and pushing for implementation of his six point plan by the current regime in Kenya. They are reduce cost of living, create jobs, free skills training, cut taxes, end corruption and Diaspora teaming.
He said he is also ready to participate in the talks that are geared towards uniting the country. “With my experience working in the Wall Street New York, University Dean, Professor, Author, and TV/Radio Host and top rated black speaker in the US, I am ready to offer my expertise in such consultations”, he said.
Dr Kaluyu who hails from Kitulani in Kitui County also offered guiding principles for the country to move forward. “Let’s be realistic here, the most successful people you may know have been associated with failure, setbacks, and embarrassment at some point.
"Was it not Steve Jobs who was wildly successful yet failed numerously and badly? Or is it Michael Jordan who self-admittedly failed time again and again? From Wall Street to K Street, the story of success is often associated with failure and defeat.
“The logic is simpler than it is often expressed. Whether one buys a lottery ticket, chooses to go to school, invests in an economic vehicle or decides to run for an elected office, there is always a risk associated with the choice. However, one thing common to all the successful people in their fields is their determination to see their mission accomplished. Failure was always a possibility, but defeat was never an option.
"Success is therefore a product of risk, he says adding to succeed one never accepts the alternative as the plight of defeat must be big enough to drive us to higher levels of determination and focus.
"It is reasonable, therefore, to state that the logic of success is deviance against status quo and the fear of defeat. The determination to endure failure after failure and the presence of mind to keep the eyes on the prize is what bears that success.
"The question here is not whether you can succeed but how much success you want. The beauty of success is that it is a choice and like all choices it has consequences. Money is normally a consequence of success, but rarely part of the main equation."