Cord needs to offer a viable alternative, not fundraisers

Jubilee’s leadership style ‘primitive’ – CORD leader Raila Odinga
Jubilee’s leadership style ‘primitive’ – CORD leader Raila Odinga

By Joseph Lister Nyaringo

The Coalition for Reform and Democracy (CORD) can only be viewed as an alternative government if it desisted from pursuing piecemeal solutions to the challenges facing the country.

Though I laud laud Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka for their empathy on the plight of striking teachers, asking Kenyans to fundraise for them isn’t the best way to go.

Now that the court has suspended the teacher’s strike, what will happen to their reactive solution?

Secondly, who will be the beneficiary to the meager funds they have collected and, will this not provide raw fodder jubilee critics?

Soon, the two principals will be accused for swindling Kenyans under the aegis of fundraising for striking teachers!

Cord needed to show us a better alternative which is the surest way to convince voters that if the coalition takes power in 2017, they will mitigate national challenges through viable and long-term remedies.

Watching the Cord rally at Uhuru Park, I was extremely disappointed that no leader was able to propose anything tangible except threatening how they will occupy Harambee Avenue. Will this ‘occupation’ produce money to pay teachers and restore learning in our national schools?

Launching a pay bill number to solicit for donations from Kenyans to cater for 300,000 KNUT and KUPPET members wasn’t a well thought idea. In view of the large number of teachers in the country, could the contributions make an actual difference for teaches?

Secondly, what Cord will do if Civil Servants under the Civil servants Union and the Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) downed their tools demanding more pay? Will they launch another fundraiser?

It’s worthy to remember that, we haven’t been told what happened to the Orange Relief Services launched in May and spearheaded by Governor Ali Hassan Joho.

Besides, the OKOA Kenya Referendum initiative whose issues resonated well with the nation appears to have stalled.

Instead of launching half-baked ideas, the opposition should give Kenyans hope.

We want to hear concrete policy proposals to tackle the bloated wage bill and reducing income inequality which are the genesis of perennial industrial unrest, poverty, disunity and tribal disharmony in the country.

The opposition should talk about issues like corruption in the national government and Counties, how they will recover funds stashed in offshore accounts should they take office.

They should tell us how they will conclusively deal with culprits involved in the mysterious disappearance of funds from the treasury and downsizing the number of elected representatives in order to reduce recurrent expenditure.

We also expected the opposition to hit at Governors who have formulated costly bureaucracies instead of applying reasonable and cost cutting measures to improve service delivery at the Counties.

It’s also worrying that during Cord’s rally, no MP backed the bill proposed by ODM Secretary General, Ababu Namwamba which is intended to slash the MP’s salaries by 50 percent to raise money for teachers.

Also, why did the Mwingi Central MP Joe Mutambu renege on a bill he was pursuing last year whose enactment would have resulted in the reduction of the number of counties, senators and Members of the National Assembly?

It’s high time we started questioning the consistency of the leaders we elect in order to hold them accountable for their actions.

This blog was written by Joseph Lister Nyaringo, and the opinions expressed herein do not represent the views of Citizen Digital or the Royal Media Services.

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