A story is told in the Bible of three fellows whose master decided to go for a journey. He called the three servants and gave each a portion of his property. To one he gave five talents of money, to another he gave two talents and to the last he gave one talent, each according to his ability. After a long time the master returned and summonedeach of the servants to know what they did with their talents. To the one he gave five he was brilliant enough and went and put the money to work and gained five more, the master replied to him, “well done good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.” The one with two also gained two more and the master applauded him and put him in charge of many things too. Lastly the one with one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid the money. When the master asked why he hasn’t gained more. He replied master I know you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. The master rebuked him as one wicked, lazy servant and he took away the one talent and gave it to the one who had ten.

Governor, on the 4th of March 2013, we the Nairobi voters gave you 692,483 talents worth of votes hoping that you will be as the wise servant who received the five talents and later on invested and earned a double. From among the list of gubernatorial aspirants we all thought that you had the ability to turn the city of Nairobi and make it an economic hub, a 24hour economy, attract many investors who might create jobs thus reduce unemployment rate, ensure there is accessible clean and most preferably piped water in every homestead, clean the entire city by clearing all the dump sites, have your county officers restore sanity and order within the county, minimize and disband the many vigilante groups that had mushroomed in every informal settlements in the county and hopefully return it back to its original name as the “city under the sun.” We had high hopes in you which were cemented on March 28th, 2013 when you were sworn in. We demystifiedpopularity as some of your contenders had and we went after leadership.

Unfortunately, Mr. Governor you have failed us. You and your county cabinet have slept on the job. Sir, I know you always claim that you are working and truly you are. Some of your handy works include slapping your fellow county leader and later recanting the action, mounting traffic lights that no longer meet their intended purpose, increasing the parking fees without a clear guideline on how you are going to improve the services, or maybe this are the funds you are using to bribe the county assembly members from impeaching you? Deploying some of the former city council “askaris” as Traffic Marshalls without any training or knowledge on their new roles, and playing power games with matatu owners leaving millions of Nairobi residents stranded…. Oh don’t get me started on this transport issue. Mr. Governor in short the Nairobi County has lost its glory under your watch and you have denied us from enjoying the benefits of the devolved system of governance.

This is why terrorist are taking advantage of your inability to perform and they are hurling grenades in the county you are in charge of. Mr. Governor as a resident of Nairobi I have never seen or heard you condemn the terror attacks or issue a statement on how you will ensure your people are safe. Mr. Governor, or is it your Excellency? Whichever the case, you have failed us. You took the talents we gave you and went, dug a hole in City Hall and slept on them making merry with your cabinet and county assembly members while our County is becoming unsafe and dirty. Mr. Governor I was among those who thought you were up to the task but sadly you have proved me and my fellow Nairobi residents wrong. All you wanted was status, good leadership and performance was not part of your agenda. We are eagerly awaiting the supreme court verdict but whichever the case Mr. Governor come 2017 we will demand back our “692,483 talents “ worth of votes and give it to someone else who is more capable of transforming this great county because to who much is given much is expected.

Article by,

Dennis Mwaniki

A Political Scientist


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