The Star (Nairobi)

12 November 2012

Kenya: Issues That Aspirants Cannot Ignore

editorial

Presidential candidates and their campaign teams should pay attention to opinion polls--not to gauge how popular they are -- but to give them an idea of the issues they need to address in their campaigns.

While the issue of alliances and quasi alliances may be topping their agenda at the moment, none of the presidential candidates is addressing himself or herself to how they will deal with corruption, high taxes and poor living standards which are of most concern to majority of Kenyans.

They are not addressing the issue of the high unemployment among the youth, the high cost of living, growing insecurity and negative ethnicity and tribalism.

The candidate who has a concrete plan of action on how to create jobs for the youth; the one whose party nominates women for various elective posts to ensure the gender balance envisaged in the constitution is met; the one who actively fosters (not only talks) peace and reconciliation is the one people will listen to.

Unending talks of alliances and (mis)alliances is peripheral to what Kenyans really need--someone to inspire them. As it is, the alliances are about individuals and personalities and little to do with the problems that all Kenyans, irrespective of ethnicity, are experiencing.

These are challenge which those seeking elective office, specifically presidential aspirants, should address urgently.

Quotes of the day: "An individual should not have too much freedom. A nation should have absolute freedom," Sun Yat Sen born on November 12, 1866 was a Chinese revolutionary leader and considered by many to be the "father of modern China. He served as the first president of the republic of China.

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