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MR PRESIDENT, KENYANS CAN STILL SURVIVE WITHOUT EXTERNAL DEBT

 

By Salad Malicha

President Uhuru Kenyatta should make one more trip out of the country and go see 92-year-old Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.

Mahathir will tell him all he needs to know about the downside of Chinese loans and its ‘debt-trap diplomacy.’

I am sure after talking to Mahathir, Uhuru will return a much changed man. Uhuru also will need to reconsider his “Big 4 Agenda”.

There is simply no money to fund the Big 4 Agenda. The opposition ODM MPs have already called on him to discard the Big 4 Agenda as his legacy and devote his tenure to fighting corruption which is stinking to higher heavens.

The era of mega projects for prestige and glamour is fading fast as we race into bankruptcy. We cannot live on borrowed money. Neither can we build on borrowed money.

Let us cut our coat according to material available. Let us build even small projects with the little we have but it will be ours.

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If all President Uhuru wants is to leave behind a good legacy, let him put this country on an even keel. It is in a mess owing to corruption in public service.

√ Let him stamp out corruption. That would be his biggest legacy.

√ Let him make services that have collapsed start functioning smoothly once again.

√ Let him go to Galana – Kulalu irrigation scheme and make sure that it produces the targeted 20 million bags of produce instead of 40,000 bags.

√ Let him go and rescue the medical goods worth billions that were donated to Kenya but are held by Kenya Revenue Authority for duty and will expire anytime.

√ Let him go to such places like Tiaty in Baringo with army engineers and NYS and build decent classrooms for pupils learning under trees.
√ Let him lead water engineers to such pastoral areas where pupils have been photographed going dangerously down into dry wells for water and build them boreholes.
√ Let him provide plots of land and contract Almar Ltd., builders of containerised and prefab houses, to build container housing units for police.
√ Let him go lead repairs on potholes and ensure there is water in our taps.

Cut down your expenses. Kenya has become a debtor-holic nation. The government has become a compulsive borrower.

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Trim your expenses and live within your budget. And therein is your legacy.

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