How Uhuru can pick right team to deliver his Big Four agenda
12 months ago, 2 Jan 16:32
President Uhuru Kenyatta has elucidated his four key agendas for the next five years being food security, affordable housing, manufacturing, and affordable healthcare for all. These are important goals that if properly implemented, and with the support of the people, without evil will of “wanting to eat”; could transform the lives of millions of Kenyans. The task, however, requires selfless individuals, who have the interest of Kenya at heart to help implement. They require complete political good will, support of the private sector, and proper planning. That said, Kenya is a powerhouse of brains with global recognition. It is this powerhouse that the President needs to rely on other than the political clowns and cronies who will only implement policies that benefit “their” people. Before shining on the global arena one needs to have performed exceedingly well at home. The leaders who the President will put on their shoulders the burden of implementing his four-point policy agenda not only need to be thorough and focused, but also tough and able to stand up to bullies who are only after implementation of the policies of the belly — “tumbocrats”. Three key global leaders that Kenya can learn from are Ethiopian Tedros Adhanom, Nigerian Akinwumi Adesina and Kenya’s own Mukhisa Kituyi. These three gentlemen have a lot in common. They are leaders of global institutions; the World Health Organisation (WHO), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the African Development Bank respectively, have doctorate degrees in their own area of strengths with strong policy implementation backgrounds, have been ministers in their home countries, and have won accolades for transforming the ministries they worked in. They possess the kind of quality Mr Kenyatta should look for while choosing who will see to it that Kenyans have what they deserve. While a minister for health, Dr Tedros supported the building of up to 4,000 health centres, managed to train and deploy nearly 30,000 health extension workers and developed strategic partnerships with the global health community such as Clinton Initiative. During his tenure, child death rates fell by 30 per cent and deaths from malaria reduced by 50 per cent. This saw him lead other key global health committees. For his part, Dr Adesina was a minister for agriculture and rural development in Nigeria from 2011-2015 where he boldly implemented massive policies in the agricultural sector that improved transparency in the fertiliser supply chain and innovative programmes that focused on improving agriculture with the participation of private sector. With the reforms, he won key awards including being the Forbes Africa Man of the year. Dr Kituyi was the Minister of Trade and Industry in 2002-2007, having been a Member of Parliament from 1992. During his tenure, he chaired the African Trade Ministers’ Council — not a mean feat — and the Ministers’ Council for the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa). His role saw him participate in imperative trade negotiations at the World Trade Organisation and the European Union. Mr ...
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