It’s been a while!

Thursday, July 30th, 2015 @ 7:12AM

With good reason, the last weekend uplifted the spirit of the Kenyan people. We were honoured to welcome Barack Obama, the President of the United States of America. His visit was a moment of national pride that also united us as a people; many smiled together. It’s fitting that the first sitting US president to visit our country not only has Kenya as his home but is also proud of his Kenyan heritage.

I also commend President Kenyatta and the government for being a good host and for putting Kenya on the global map.

It is noteworthy that his visit was a celebration of entrepreneurship an area in which many of our people – young and old – are making great strides.  The honour bestowed on our country to host the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2015 is as recognition of the potential we have and a celebration of the success of many of our people who have built successful business.

The entrepreneurs however need to be encouraged and facilitated. We must continue to create an enabling environment in which those who are willing to their skills are rewarded. The growth of many business ventures in Kenya that market their products locally and internationally will bring us much needed revenue, spur economic growth and create employment opportunities for our young people.

In this respect, the reform efforts and investment that have been ongoing in the country are commendable. Nonetheless, much remains to be done. We should heed Barack’s call and continue to pursue a path of good governance, eradicate corruption, guarantee security for our people and investments and enable our people to live up to their full potential.

Beyond his position and linkage with Kenya, our collective excitement around Barack Obama is because he is an embodiment of, in his words, ‘that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes, we can!’ On the acknowledgement that there are many like him who live and walk amongst us we can also echo the same creed ‘Tunawesmake’.

Dreams are valid. Let’s give build a better country so that all who are willing to work hard may achieve theirs.



9 Comments to "It’s been a while!" add comment
Peter Mwaura
July 30, 2015 at 8:34 am

True Mheshimiwa!

Barack Obama is actualizing his dreams and we too can dream and actualize dreams of a better Kenya. Many who will read more about Barack will understand the many obstacles that stood his way to success- parents separation when he was a toddler, upbringing by a single mom, winning elective post in society where majority were whites, re-election as US president. The man is living beyond his dreams and we too can.

Peter Mwaura
July 30, 2015 at 8:36 am


I too have a dream that you and only you who will lead us across the Jordan.

– Mwaura, Subukia

July 30, 2015 at 8:59 am

Yes we can President Obama visit was also a wake up call for us to unite and desist from tribal ethnic based politics based on individualistic and personalized politics a sort of cult and hero worship .Where It is them versus us .Or politics that is not based on any ideology or ideas or policies that can move or take this Country forward .We need to embrace his ideas on issue oriented politics and leadership that is committed to make the necessary changes that we want and can propel this Country to even greater heights of development one that is committed to eradicating corruption ,nepotism ,tribalism and other ills that beset our beloved Country and hinder our progress to the promised land .

Peter Mwaura
July 30, 2015 at 12:23 pm

Obama was very right.

consider all the 42 tribes pulling in one direction- there is a lot we could have achieved all those wasted years since independence. We have wasted all these years with stupid and tribal politics plus endless corruption.

With Obama’s presentation, can we ALL now say enough is enough with tribalism and corruption?

July 30, 2015 at 9:44 am

I concur, and we must keep abreast of all the progress to take up from where the country will be, come 2017.

James Muhoro
July 30, 2015 at 11:49 am

That is the best trend for the kenyan goverment to take and move in right path on investment.Mheshimiwa i concur with on entrepreneuar empowerment.

Leonard Cheruiyot Korir
July 30, 2015 at 12:57 pm

Barrack’s visit to kenya was a source of pride to us as a nation. His success has been possessed in our joys and the ultimate fruits has been the inspiration it draws among st the youth. We all need to embark on a journey of transformation,we need institutions that serves the citizens,a government that is responsible of its actions and a people who do not trade patriotism for cheap politics. we all can na ndio “Tunawezmake”

Donald Thomas
November 9, 2015 at 8:33 am

Hi Peter.
It seems you have been very quiet lately but Kenya is looking for leadership and you need to be seen and heard.
Recently talking with a Muslim teacher at the coast about the lack of leadership he said “What about Peter Kenneth”.
Hoping to hear from you,
Best wishes,
Donald Thomas

Donald Thomas
November 9, 2015 at 8:36 am

Hi Peter.
It seems you have been very quiet lately but Kenya is looking for leadership and you need to be seen and heard.
Donald Thomas

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