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Can BBI instil trust in government?
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|Can BBI instil trust in government? by Kenyans247(1): Mon 26, October, 2020 12:29pm|
Management of Covid-19 has put the performance of many governments in the world in the spotlight. Least of all United States and Great Britain.
Two superpowers who seem to be struggling to contain the spread of the virus and save its economies from tanking. How then will the rest of the so-called ‘smaller’ countries going to fare if superpowers struggle?
The ‘smaller’ countries of Sweden, New Zealand and South Korea have shown how it is possible to manage the virus and keep the economy ticking on at the same time. How did they manage to do it? Through trust.
Majority of the citizens of those countries interviewed had unbridled belief in what their government was doing and trusted what they were told. It was mutual trust according to a Swedish citizen, who said, ‘we trust what the government tells us, and they trust us to do the right thing’.
As BBI report is unveiled, many Kenyans will be going through it with scepticism. Others may ignore it having a preconceived idea that it is hogwash and perpetuates leaders’ selfish interests. I read it out of curiosity.
I am going to be a devil’s advocate and say, there are many wonderfully sounding issues raised in the BBI report and some on leadership format that will require a good ‘salesman’ to sell to the sceptics, like one would a fridge to an Eskimo in icy Alaska,
BBI like many projects initiated by the State has been received with suspicion. Huduma number is the other one. Its timing has been rumoured to be linked to the next election.
The delay in issuing Huduma cards has only heightened the suspicion with which it was held, not to mention a huge bill that came with it. There may be legitimate reasons for introducing huduma number and BBI but history of mistrust between subsequent governments and citizens has turned Kenyans into eye rolling, doubting Thomases. Would BBI change that and win the government trust from Kenyans?
In its conclusion, BBI report deals with what it calls Notable Issues. At number four it says, ‘Kenyans do not trust their leaders, institutions and systems’.
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