If you were the President of Kenya for 6 months what would you do?
What would you do if you were President for 6 months?
We often complain but offer no alternatives; now, imagine you have all the state machinery & power of the presidency for 6 months – what would you do for Kenyans before your exit?
This is what I would do: –
- Polish then implement my draft foreign policy:
(Read more here: Robert Mũnũku: My Letter to the President)
- I would nationalize healthcare. This of course like (1) above would have a concrete policy plan. Among other things, private hospitals will be forced to reduce their rates and pay a higher tax. We’ll (my cabinet) also seriously revamp personnel and services in public hospitals.
- Nationalize public transport. If we can borrow money to build roads we can do the same (if need be) to create a government-ran public transport system. Think of ‘Nyayo Bus’ minus the corruption & subsequent collapse. This parallel system (as it would be with healthcare) will compete with private-public transport vendors like matatu and taxi services. I would also start a cheaper ‘uber’-type of service ran by government.
- Declare unemployment a national disaster. Again, if need be, I would borrow money to have a policy created to put all unemployed Kenyans to work, county by county. Unlike a road, this can pay itself back through statutory deductions that those put to work will remit notwithstanding the fact that they are building the economy by working.
- Nationalize land. All land in the country will belong to the government (protected by the constitution). No single citizen can own land but be allowed to lease & produce on it. Likewise, no foreigners can own land but can be allowed to produce on it/use it for commercial services that can build the economy.
- Revamp then nationalize the education system (see the same principle in 2 above)
- Lobby for a referendum to review the IEBC and subsequently political positions. This will be in order to reduce the superfluous wage bill that goes into our currently over-represented country. Reduce MPs (<200), Senators and MCAs. Abolish the Women's Rep role and instead lobby for the gender bill which will ensure QUALIFIED women are given a chance to hold office.
- Reform the police force.
- Reform the prisons system
- Revive regional integration and cooperation towards Pan-Africanism