Kinna Likimani: Citizenry must demand accountability from leadership

Kinna Likimani, the Director of Special Programmes, Odekro, a Parliamentary Monitoring Organisation, has entreated the citizenry to play their part in promoting good governance by focusing on their needs and engaging in the right conversations with leadership.

She explained that, “Until the citizenry determine with exacting clarity what their needs are, and demand that the political leaders provide for the needs, the country will remain underdeveloped because governments have been repeatedly berated for poor governance and for failing to solve the country’s challenges.”

Ms Likimani indicated that despite persistent complaints by the citizenry, the delivery of public goods and services had remained poor, with the country’s challenges believed to be getting worse and attributed that to the citizenry not reaching out to leaders with their needs, demands and what they deserved. 

“Though leadership is a challenge in the country, the citizenry should move their focus from elections to how political leaders solve their challenges, we need to take the focus out of elections and put it back on leadership, since elections alone are not a guarantee the citizenry challenges will be solved. 

“We have to re-align what we need, demand, be assertive, we should interrogate the systems that underpin our lives, the dysfunction of the government is as a result of the system of governance, its inability to achieve its purpose but unfortunately, religion plays a role in creating the dysfunctional system.

“Religion is contributing to the dysfunction, prayer is not going to solve anything,” Ms Likimani lamented.

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