In the Kingdom of Lies, The Truth Becomes the Enemy: A Serious Look At Leadership Gone Astray In Kenya

By Steve Biko Wafula / Published February 12, 2024 | 2:52 pm



Democracy

In a world where the truth is often stranger than fiction, the president and his coalition have elevated the art of deception to dizzying heights, making Pinocchio seem like an amateur in comparison.

It’s said, “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes,” but in this administration, it seems the truth has been left barefoot and chasing shadows.

The president, with a flair for fabrication that could make a spider jealous of the webs woven, has turned the political arena into a theatre of the absurd. It’s as if he lives by the African proverb, “He who tells the truth is chased out of nine villages,” and decided to make the entire country the tenth. His leadership style, a cocktail of bluffs, boasts, and blunders, serves as a masterclass in how not to run a democracy, especially one with a constitution so progressive it shines like a beacon of hope in a sea of despotism.

The tales spun by this administration are so fantastical they could be mistaken for folklore. Yet, unlike the moral of most fables, the lessons here are murky at best. One might recall the Arab proverb, “He who speaks the truth must have one foot in the stirrup,” suggesting that our leader is perpetually ready to flee from the very truth he tramples upon.

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Under his guidance, lying has become not just a political tool but a fashion statement, worn proudly, as if dishonesty were a badge of honor. It’s as though he believes another proverb, “The mouth is the best cook,” thinking he can simply talk his way out of any situation with recipes for reality that leave a bitter taste in the mouths of those yearning for a morsel of honesty.

This leadership style, if it can be so called, is a warning to democracies everywhere. It’s a live demonstration of the adage, “A small leak will sink a great ship.” In this case, the ship is our nation, and the leaks are the lies that threaten to drown us in a sea of deceit. The constitution, our ship’s blueprint, designed to navigate us through stormy seas, is ignored like an outdated map, leaving us lost in waters where truth and integrity are swallowed by the waves of falsehoods.

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It’s high time for a change. The president must heed the warning, “The sun cannot be covered by a sieve.” No matter how many lies are told, the truth will emerge, shining light on the darkness of deception. If not, we risk sinking into the abyss, where the ideals of democracy and progress are but relics of a bygone era, spoken of in hushed tones by those who remember what it was like to live in a land where truth was cherished and lies were the exception, not the rule.

So, to our president and his coalition: Change course before the ship of state is irrevocably lost at sea. Let us not be the generation that had all the tools for greatness but chose instead to wallow in the mire of mendacity. After all, as the proverb goes, “A clear conscience makes a soft pillow.” Isn’t it time we all slept a little easier?

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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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