- Jubilee has failed in the fight against corruption. Jubilee government has created a pervasive culture of corruption. Corruption is now a low risk high return activity. Today many people consider winning a government tender the same way they consider winning lottery.
Consequently, the culture of hard work has been replaced with that of working smart, which translates to raiding government coffers for self-enrichment. Government resources benefit a few connected individuals leaving the economy bleeding to death. This has increased poverty and inequalities hence affecting national security and stability.
- Jubilee has mismanaged and destroyed the economy. Under Jubilee meticulous government planning has been discarded and replaced with vendor driven projects. Vision 2030 has been ignored in favour of politically motivated projects with no social economic impact.
Jubilee inherited a functional economy but in just four years has run it down to the brink of collapse. Even the greatest Jubilee fanatic agrees that the economy is worse under Jubilee.
Fiscal discipline has been thrown out of the window. Budgets are bloated and the estimates based on whims rather than evidence. Consequently, looting opportunities have been created since a lot of money is left floating around for the vultures. From being one of the best managed economies in Africa, we are now a laughing stock and a cause for concern.
- Jubilee has destroyed the private sector. Jubilee inherited a vibrant private sector but through sustained poor policies, only a shell is left. In formulating policies, Jubilee has isolated private sector players often treating them as criminals rather than partners. The policy environment has been defined by flip flopping and chaos. As a result, the private sector is on the deathbed.
Hundreds of thousands of jobs have been lost and millions of lives ruined. Jubilee leaders continue to deny the financial challenges facing the country making it impossible for solutions to be found.
If these poorly thought out and reckless policies continue, the economy will enter into a brutal and devastating recession that will take years to reverse. Only you the voter has the power to stop this calamity from maturing.
- Jubilee has borrowed too much too fast. When Jubilee took over in April 2013, total public debt stood at KShs 1.9 Trillion. Today that debt stands at over KShs 4.5 Trillion and is rising fast. If this continues, we will have a public debt crisis within the next two to three years. Nearly all government revenues will go into debt servicing and the economy will grind to a halt. Economic undertakers the World Bank will step in and Kenyans will be taken through unforgiving austerity measures.
Furthermore, such fast borrowing denies future governments the chance to use debt for economic development. Jubilee has stolen from the present and the future. Jubilee claims it has borrowed for infrastructure development but out of the KShs 2.2 Trillion borrowed only KShs 1.1 Trillion can be attributed to infrastructure i.e. SGR-KShs 327 Billion, Roads- KShs 437 Billion and Counties Development-KShs 358 Billion.
Part of government borrowing has found its way into recurrent spending which is an unforgivable economic sin. Borrowed money has been stolen through corruption and the balance poured into vote hunting projects that may earn Jubilee re-election but will never produce a return for the country.
- Jubilee has destroyed institutions of governance. Incompetent leaders value loyalty over performance. This is why under Jubilee public officials feel no need to be accountable to the people. Jubilee inherited a functioning performance management system which it has destroyed.
The only performance required of public officials is to offer endless praises to the powers that be. No country can succeed without strong institutions. Personality cults and hosanna choirs for the country’s leaders are a ticket to a banana republic. Public officials spend more time worshiping Jubilee heads than in delivering services.
- Jubilee government is the worst run in history. This is probably the only government which has no scheduled cabinet meetings. The Cabinet has been meeting on an adhoc basis and for less than 10 times in a year. Past governments used to have weekly scheduled meetings.
As a result, the government is dysfunctional and top leaders have no idea what is going on in the country. This is why the country has been running from one crisis to the next with no relief in sight. The President and his Deputy are completely out of touch with reality. There is no way of monitoring or evaluating government performance. The planning and execution environment has been characterized by chaos.
Jubilee leaders prefer appointing illiterate tribal loyalists into public office instead of proven professionals. Under Jubilee only rubbish can rise to the top. The country’s top brains are wasting away as tribal goons and career failures circle around public resources like vultures to a carcass.
- Jubilee government has been very incompetent and insensitive to citizens’ needs. This government has treated Kenyans with a lot of contempt. It has been run with an elitist attitude that beggars belief. A doctors’ strike was allowed to run for 100 days. Nurses strike is on for two weeks and the President is busy campaigning without a care in the world.
Bandits have seized parts of the country and the government is unable to restore order despite investing billions in security. Life has become cheap. The government failed to plan for the country’s food needs resulting in escalating prices and stock outs never before seen in our history. Jubilee paints a tragic image of a government unable to govern.
- The government has prioritized politics above everything else. Since this government was elected it has spent over half of its life campaigning for re-election. Projects have been initiated with an eye on the election as opposed to their economic value.
People with political influence have been given a free hand to loot the country and to conduct themselves with impunity. Currently, the country is full of lawlessness because anyone who controls a few votes can engage in any crime and nothing can be done to them.
- Jubilee leaders lack moral authority. The Jubilee leaders’ path to power and wealth is not paved with hard work or solid achievements. They owe their success to favours, manipulation of the system and appropriation of state resources to themselves and their political cause. Their path to success is not one any parent can recommend for their children.
As a result, the leaders lack credibility and no one including their juniors take them seriously. Such leadership will take this country nowhere.
- Jubilee leadership has made Kenya a pariah state and disconnected it from the East African Community. Relationship with EAC states is so constrained that the President no longer attends heads of state summits preferring to send his deputy. Other EAC leaders see Kenyan leadership as hopelessly corrupt and a stain on the region. From once an anchor and leader state in EAC, today we are an untouchable mess.
Today Kenya is the sick man in the EAC region a tag once carried by Tanzania. Other EAC countries are choosing alternative routes for their projects to avoid contamination with corruption. Our status as a gateway to the region is at stake.
For these ten reasons you must vote Jubilee out. Kenya will not survive another Jubilee term. Don’t accord them an extra second in power. A vote for Jubilee is a vote against your future and that of your children. I warned you in 2013 and I warn you again. You have already received the first installment of suffering under Jubilee.
CREDIT: Ephraim Njega