DO WE HAVE A STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT AGENDA ACTION PLAN WHICH HAS ADEQUATELY ADDRESSED OUR ECONOMIC BLUEPRINT POLICIES? By Mungai.

 

 

 

Sometimes as a country, state and a republic of Kenya we do wonder about the status of our development agenda considering the nature of our divisive domestic politics which always takes the centre stage as other pressing issues takes a backseat. It is like a politico myritis disease which affects or leaders and politicians.

But in real sense do we really have a strategic development agenda action plan which has adequately addressed our economic blueprint policies? Are these policies prioritized and well funded to ensure the necessary enhancement developments which will prosper the country to greater heights of prosperity for it’s citizens

If you happen to take a closer look at the developed countries, economic blueprints’, or, their budget allocation more emphasis is put in the catering of development agendas and projects and that is why they are more industrialized. Looking at our country’s last budget analytical more emphasis was put in the recurrent expenditure that is 98% of our total budget goes to the payment of wages, while only two percent was factored for the development agenda,

And it seems that we are putting the last nail on the coffin, if the recent lawmakers’ hefty pay pack increment and other civil servants are anything to go by. We are still encroaching on the two percent.

For any country or state to prosper in terms of development it must have a clear cut strategic plan in a place with a substantial percent of the budget allocated to finance this project. This plan acts as a guiding principle to the walk of prosperity. The development agenda must be addressed and prioritized with the necessary funds which must be factored in the budget. The growth of any country depends much on how we have addressed this agenda, mostly infrastructural projects in communication, roads, railways, ports, airports, transportation, and security and above all how efficient they are.

Also, a conducive environment must be created, peace, unity, harmony and key virtues must prevail to deter the ills that slugging a state. This virtue creates an enabling aura for the citizens to live in and harness development.

The domestic politics should be such that they are accommodative, polite, views without fear of intimidation, and, they should posses a right to question their government and its leaders over the execution of their duties and services.

And above all the dissemination of justice and the upheld of the rule of law must prevail at all times and accessible .all citizens must be treated equally irrespective of their gender, tribe, rich or poor to ensure equality and thus curbing the devil of corruption ,halt the culture of impunity and tribalism. And to cap it all our leaders must possess the qualities and virtues to offer, lead and show leadership

At this crucial moment in our history of the country as we head to the referendum where we might either adopt or reject he proposed constitution and we might mould or break if we don’t trend carefully. Politics hangs over Kenya and the impact of the forthcoming referendum has already begun to be felt in an economy described by the World Bank as “running on one engine”. This is despite positive economic forecasts by the government, World Bank and independent analysts projecting growth of 4.5% this year

The economy has been recovering steadily from the shocks of the post election violence, global financial turmoil and drought of 2008/09 and it is a matter of concern to note that our leaders seem to have concentrated their minds, efforts and resources to the referendum campaigns, they have been crisscrossing the country in the hunt of the crucial votes for or against the proposed constitution.

And it seems as if the outcome of the referendum vote might shape up the destiny

Of this country and we do have a case to worry about because most of the crucial issues have taken a backstage while political shenanigans have taken over .but concerns over political shocks are creating jitters In the medium-term economic outlook. On the proposed constitution and whether or not it will be accepted remains uncertain but a fallout could spell doom for economic stability .if it will be peaceful it will have a positive impact on investors.

It is a pity to note that no crucial agenda will be raised until that time we do conclude and decide the referendum vote. And it doesn’t augur well for the country to see our leaders trivializing real issues contained in the proposed constitution as they try to up their games to the different factions they are supporting and where their interests lay

But in matters of introspective and in total disregard of what is transpiring, do we have a clear development agenda action plan for our country, is it visible ,vibrant, or ,has it just vanished in the whole intricate of this happenings? Has the Proposed constitution addressed the development agenda fully, has it laid the necessary strategies which will steer this dear country of ours to greater heights in terms of development?

In spite of all these it was worth noting and reassuring that the agenda happens to be on the card if the interview the president gave the Sunday Nation is anything is to be beliefed. The Kibaki’s presidency can be loaded with accolades as they have proved a point that development wise they have taken a stride. His presidency has extracted us from the rundown economy to a turn around economy. Credit goes to the N.A.R.C government as right from the start of 2003 when they took power from K.A.N.U, they managed to bring the country into the tracks and there has been much improvement.

Right from the start the N.A.R.C government laid down the necessary strategies which created the necessary platform for the launching of our country to the tracks of prosperity. They were able to resurrect the economy, the fallen parastatals key institution, build roads and steered the country into a formidable force to reckon after many years of mismanagement, inefficiency and corruption.

The country’s economy was in doldrums as it was totally ruined down by K.A.N.U regime. They were unable to collect taxes due to corruption and weak rules which created loopholes for mismanagement and thus they couldn’t finance any infrastructural development. The country was totally stunned by the donor community which finances most development.

According to David Landes, the author of a book, THE WEALTH AND POVERTY OF NATIONS, in arguing why some nation and more developed than others, he says that one must be aware of the inextricable tangle of conflicting motives and contradictory effects. Navigation through these rapid demands, constant adjustments and correction the more difficult because policy is constrained by domestic politics.

He further argues that history tells us that the most successful cures for poverty come from within. Foreign aid can help, but like windfall wealth, can also hurt. It can discourage effort and plant a crippling sense of incapacity. As the African saying has it “The hand that receives is always under the one that gives”. No what counts is work, thrift, honesty, patience and tenacity.

But, at the rock bottom, no empowerment is so effective as self empowerment.


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