Unveiling the Wealth Chronicles: The SAD Tale of Competence Versus Connections In Kenya

By Steve Biko Wafula / Published November 15, 2023 | 7:20 am




KEY POINTS

We need to wake up as a people of Kenya and fight for the soul of the country. We need to return to what is right and valuable.


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KEY TAKEAWAYS


We need to accept the fact that education is not only important but that it is what helps us move forward as a civilized people and that we need to create a country and a society where everyone has the opportunity to further their education and be able to compete fairly on the table of competence.


In the realm of wealth, the list of our country’s wealthiest individuals unfolds a captivating narrative—a narrative that delves into the very fabric of our economic structure.

We are residing in a world where brilliance begets affluence, or does the echelon of wealth echo the intricate dance of connections?

If the crème de la crème of our nation’s wealth often boasts ties more than intelligence, we find ourselves in a connection-based society, and herein lies the problem that Kenya is facing and the current leadership doesn’t belong to find solutions rather, they have made the situation worse with their transactional mode of democracy.

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This is the realm where alliances, relationships, and proximity to power hold the keys to financial prosperity. A quote by Vusi Thembekwayo echoes in the corridors of truth, emphasizing that in regions like Africa, Asia, and Latin America, connections often outshine competence. This has led to a belief amongst the youth in Kenya that connections are far more important than education and this has cast a dark and worrisome cloud over the importance of education, which in essence is meant to be the great equalizer of all men and women.

In such landscapes, the repercussions are profound. Top talents, driven by meritocracy, bid farewell, seeking refuge in societies that honor competence. The wealthy, mindful of the volatile nature of connections, externalize their investments, safeguarding against unforeseen shifts in power dynamics.

This is why our president is now being called and labeled a slave trader because he has been pushing for the best of our minds to go and work in other countries in very demeaning and repugnant positions. Instead of making home better, the President and his people are busy passing and enforcing policies that are evil, retrogressive, repugnant, reprehensible, and above all, have all the undertones of slavery all over.

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Contrastingly, countries where their economic zenith is sculpted by entrepreneurs who rise from the soil of ground-up ventures, reside in a competence-driven utopia. Countries like India and, the USA are perfect examples of such societies that value competence. Here, free markets unfurl their wings, propelling the diligent forward with the promise that effort matches reward. It’s a system where competence reigns supreme. This is what we constantly talk about yet when it comes to electing the right leadership, that’s where we draw the line.

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In such havens, top talents are beacons of foresight, shaping their future trajectories based on personal competence and ability. The affluent, rather than fleeing uncertainty, become pillars of societal growth. They channel their wealth through angel investments, spearhead enterprise building, and allure foreign direct investments, cultivating an ecosystem that thrives on competence. This is what Kenya and the rest of Africa need and desire yet it is the most elusive thing ever.

Now, pause and reflect. Where does our nation stand in this dichotomy? Does it echo the symphony of competence, or is it a melody of connections? We need to delve into the narrative, observe the interplay of wealth, and ponder the implications for the future. The leadership that we have elected between 2013-2027 has in the shortest span destroyed all the right positive attributes of our beloved country Kenya. The saddest thing is that we seem resigned to fate about all this negativity.

We need to wake up as a people of Kenya and fight for the soul of the country. We need to return to what is right and valuable. We need to accept the fact that education is not only important but that it is what helps us move forward as a civilized people and that we need to create a country and a society where everyone has the opportunity to further their education and be able to compete fairly on the table of competence.

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About Steve Biko Wafula

Steve Biko is the CEO OF Soko Directory and the founder of Hidalgo Group of Companies. Steve is currently developing his career in law, finance, entrepreneurship and digital consultancy; and has been implementing consultancy assignments for client organizations comprising of trainings besides capacity building in entrepreneurial matters.He can be reached on: +254 20 510 1124 or Email: info@sokodirectory.com

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