The statement by the President with respect to spreading the occupancy of the highest office beyond two communities deserves our attention.
I recognise that he was very constrained in having to make it, noting that if we want to be divisive there could be a counter that is as equally divisive.
I took the President to say, don’t start a fire you cannot stop..and that no one holds the monopoly for being divisive. This is a perfect checkmate
Indeed, if the mkokoteni rider deserves opportunity to a decent life, so do minorities whose numbers have been ignored for too long. Being a first born in a family, places greater responsibility to ensure equity and fairness for younger siblings. It is not an opportunity to amass and lord over the others for eternity.
Leaders from all walks of life must never seek to use the plight of their people for selfish gain.
Traditionally, race, class, religion and ethnicity card have been used to create a narrative to isolate a target group. These attempts are often a cover for the real interests of the political class.
We must appreciate that the divisions we create in pursuit of power can have huge adverse effect on the communities. Let’s use leadership as a uniting pivot.
The author is Nakuru Governor
Hon Lee Kinyanjui