- I propose that there should be 1 (ONE) presidential term for 7 years. This means the Prez know there is no second chance for a "legacy". It will also eliminate dilly-dallying by a Prez in Year # 5 trying to get re-elected.
- Savings & productivity will accrue as there is only 1 campaign "season" every 7 years. The Prez can continue with running the government (Year 7) while the candidates run around like headless chickens.
- We adopt a ZERO party system thus making ALL candidates independent while eliminating the need for party loyalty.
President: Anyang Nyongo
- KE said: He reminds me of Manmohan Singh. He's a smart, well educated techocrat who could really fix Kenya. He just needs to get out of Raila's shadow.
- I met him about 6 years ago at a function where he was one of the keynote speakers & he came across as not only smart but very articulate.
"Prime" Minister or Head of the Civil Service or some powerful post: Titus Naikuni
- He is efficient, smart & a no-BS guy. I was impressed by his performance at KQ. He even told off moi when moi fired Naikuni! Guts!
Minister of Finance: Mohamed Adan
- KE said: The current MD of Barclays bank. This guy pulled himself up from the bootstraps of mandera, to the harvard business school to barclays.
- I have met him. He is very smart! See the post on the Barclays 2005 AGM (held in Apr/May 2006) on Bankelele. I agree with KE on this choice.
Minister of Agriculture, Conservation & Water: Wangari Maathai
- KE said: Agriculture depends on good environmental policy. She's the one.
- My choice too!
Minister of Justice: John Githongo or Prof. Yash Pal Ghai
- KE said of JG: You want to eliminate corruption? he's your guy.
- My take is to have a (smart & clean) lawyer not sullied by politics thus I propose Prof. Yash Pal Ghai. Perhaps he can get us a better constitution that does not allow for crooks to run for protection under the "constitution".
- JG certainly needs a position in government but not a political role. He needs to be the head of KACC or a ministry whose role is to "audit" the other ministries.
Attorney General: Maina Kiai or Pheroze Nowrojee
- MK is a Human Rights & Anti-corruption crusader who made life hot for moi. Definitely an excruciating thorn for kibaki & cronies associates!
- PN is someone who has stood up to the government on numerous occassions esp when defending the "undesirables" in court. Well known among the Human Rights circle.
Minister of Telecommunications: Ayisi Makatiani or Sammy Kirui
- KE said of AM: We've got to diversify the economy away from land and into high-tech.
- There are good candidates. I like Kirui (current Telkom MD) since he is intimate with the industry. He has been responsible for the refreshing direction Telkom has taken of late.
Minister of roads, public works: Mukhisa Kituyi or Manu Chandaria
- KE said of MK: He'a a hard worker and he understands that trade cannot take place without the proper infrastructure.
- I don't think kituyi cuts it any longer! Uchumi failed under his watch when ICDC warned him of the "impending" doom! His threats to Nakumatt - when Nakumatt (cheekily) asked for a "subsidy" similar to what the government offered Uchumi - was unprofessional. He does not have real brass-knuckle experience in the business world. I think we need someone from the private sector e.g. Manu Chandaria. He is very knowledgable about business in Kenya, trading with the world & dealing with MNCs. His firms are among the largest in E.Africa & has investments in UK, Nigeria, S.Africa, India & Australia!
Lands & Housing: ????
Foreign Affairs: ????
I like the recent trend in the US where Governors (not senators/congressmen) are elected as Presidents since they have more experience running a "government".
GW Bush- Texas
Bill Clinton - Arkansas
If Kenya had "real" governments at the provincial level, it might provide us better choices. I am not supporting divisive majimboism but I admire the (imperfect but working) US system.
Disclosure: I used Kenyan Entrepreneur's comments as a foundation for this blog entry. I don't know how to link to her comments. Thanks!