As we approach 2022, let us not make the very same mistakes we have been doing while electing leaders who all come promising heaven but after voted back, start delivering hell to the electorate.
Many are cleared by IEBC but this time around, we have to scrutinize anyone seeking for elective post and most important, the top seat of President.
The President must pass the litmus test of not being mentioned in any scandal big or small proven or not proven. He or she must not be involved in any kind of land grabbing or allocation of Government trust land, that is a gazette forest, or National reserve.
He must be a person that can show track development records of real projects he has undertaken and his overall conduct, above “very good”.
He must account for all his wealth to prove that everything he owns, was through hard labor and not through shady deals.
The following are the I.E.B.C. set requirements for the Presidential candidate, but there should be more to it in order to get the right candidate.
According to the constitution and IEBC a person must meet the following criteria
- Must be a Kenyan citizen by birth
- Is qualified to stand for election as a member of Parliament
- Must not hold dual citizenship
- Must not owe allegiance to a foreign state
- Must be a registered voter
- Is a holder of a degree from a University recognized in Kenya.
- Is nominated by a Political Party or is an independent candidate.
What does it take to become a President?
That being said and assuming that many Kenyans possess all the above, it is important to further consider some of the basic qualities that make a good leader and we hereby analyze some of the ingredients.
When choosing the president, we should not only look at their mostly untrue political affiliations and believes, but their character and more so, family values.
The qualities a person possesses right from early years in school, to even at home, can potentially determine what kind of leader they will eventually become.
A good leader possesses the qualities of fidelity, uprightness, and determination and without any of those mentioned, it is doubtful if a person can lead and direct a group, or in this case, a whole nation.
Another important aspect of a good leader is steadfastness.
Leaders have a lot of responsibilities, as everyone look upon them for guidance and hence, they must be prepared to deal with each and every aspect that requires action and attention.
At times, leaders make hard decisions out of protocol in order to contain a situation, and after they do, they still must be ready to bear responsibility for those decisions.
When people can sorely depend on you to get them through not only during the good times, but hard ones too, then you have the qualities needed to make a great leader.
Another important quality of being a great leader is truthfulness. The possession of firm steadfastness ensures that a leader can make the most responsible decisions of what they truly believe is best for the country. Leaders that deny and not own senseless statement altered earlier, just prove their weakness and cannot be trusted.
Having integrity means a person is sincere, responsible, steadfast, dedicated, and principled. To be a good leader, you must possess these certain qualities so that you are able to lead fairly and without predisposition to any segment of society.
Without uprightness and good family values, it will be hard to lead a nation.
The last, but not least, essential quality of a good leader is determination. With determination and focus, a president that possesses such qualities, will lead the nation to great heights of prosperity, and still be able to steer the country in times of calamities
Therefore in 2022, when you proceed to cast your vote for the new President of Kenya, remember what makes a good statesman. It will be no time for politics of anything goes and all must vote in line with the following but not least qualities.
Soundness -will ensure that our new leader can be trusted to carry out his job.
Truthfulness -certifies that our new leader has good values to lead us fairly.
Excellence -will ensure that he is fit to do the job
Perseverance– confirms that out new leader will get us through the hard times.
If the person you will choose has all of these basic AND even more qualities not mentioned above, then you can be confident that you will be making the right decision.
Make that STEP decision in the name of the Lord failure to which you will eventually see a title of Mt Kenya or Lake Victoria in someone name.
Arch. Dr. Isaac Kinungi
Diaspora National Assembly For 254