The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: New Leadership Needed in 2013

editorial

Today marks the countdown to the March 4 general elections which will map a watershed in the country's history.

Kenyans will slough off the skin of the old Kenya and hopefully, emerge with a refreshed and rejuvenated outlook on the future.

As the countdown begins, it is tragic that the political elite have failed to change their outlook and campaign tactics. They have consistently failed to realize that mouthing off with exuberance loaded with epithets against their perceived rival parties or candidates is not a guarantee of votes.

None of the parties of presidential aspirants or candidates have given the electorate any concrete plan as to how they intend to address joblessness amongst the millions of youth who flock to their rallies. They have also not told us how they will make the economy growth; how to ensure access to healthcare, security and education for all.

It is not too late for them to change tack. They should stop shouting at the electorate and instead, start having a meaningful conversation. That begins with first listening and then addressing these issues in their rallies.

Quote of the day: "Unless we remember we cannot understand," E.M. Forster, born on January 1,1879 was an English novelist, short story writer, essayist best known for his novels Howards End, A Room with a View and A Passage to India among others.

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