As President Uhuru Kenyatta’s term nears an end, City lawyer Donald Kipkorir has suggested Kenya needs a benevolent dictator to progress effectively.
According to the flamboyant advocate, the reasons why Kenyans suffer after every electioneering period is because they run back to their tribal cocoon and vote against their perceived enemies.
Kipkorir said Kenya has to emulate other developed countries such as Thailand, South Korea, Singapore, and Malaysia who have benevolent dictators to thank for their rapid growth.
“Thailand, South Korea, Singapore & Malaysia are now developed countries, Kenya like them needs benevolent dictator to social engineer the country to end tribalism, corruption and bad manners. Benevolent dictatorship will catapult us to join our playmates,’’ he said.
A benevolent dictatorship is a government in which an authoritarian leader exercises absolute political power over the state but is perceived to do so with regard for benefit of the population as a whole, standing in contrast to the decidedly malevolent stereotype of a dictator who focuses on their supporters and self interest.
Rwanda’s president, Paul Kagame has been described severally as an example of a benevolent dictator in Africa with Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni considered a malevolent dictator.
As the race to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta gains momentum, a section of Kenyans believe not all leaders are elected genuinely but are imposed by the ‘deep state.’
Kivumbi.co.ke earlier reported that with less than 15 months to the 2022 Election, Kenya’s power brokers (Deep State) are angling for what is considered safe pair of hands to succeed Uhuru Kenyatta in 2022.
Rumour has it that the deep state prefers the One Kenya Alliance pair of Baringo Senator Gideon Moi and the Amani National Congress party leader Musalia Mudavadi to take over from the retiring Uhuru Kenyatta.
“Either Gideon or Mudavadi is the proffered next president and the deep state will stop at nothing to actualise this. It is clear they are a safer pair of hands compared to William Ruto,” a source familiar with the matter revealed to Kivumbi.co.ke.
However, Deputy President William Ruto has on several occasions declared that he will not bow down to the machinations by the deep state that he claims was determined to ensure he does not succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Ruto in a recent interview on Citizen TV rubbished claims that he was in talks with opposition chief Raila Odinga adding that Odinga is the only strong competitor he has ahead of 2022 elections.
Already, former vice president Musalia Mudavadi and the once Member of Parliament for Kimilili Mukhisa Kituyi joined the long list to express their interest in the presidency.