Folks, among the many lessons that we must learn from the performance of the Jubilee administration is that even with a clean slate and a good wind behind them, Laurel and Hardy governed as if everyday was a campaign to out other people in their place. 1/N
A harvest of the communication after the elections in 2014 shows an obsession with proving to foreigners and any dissenting voices that they intended to stamp authority and be in everyone's face. 2/N
But their biggest and early error was a belief, cheered by their supporters who were none the wiser, that the national treasury is a personal cheque book for rewarding cronies, allowing theft and spend the rest on fancy projects. 3/N
Whatever we say, the Jubilee Administration and in particular Laurel & Hardy were unqualified to run a complex country like Kenya. They relished the ability to determine expenditure of public treasure but thought they can bend the rules of economic management. 4/N
The state of Kenya today is their answer. Illiterate men, whatever diploma certificates they hold, are ineffective leaders and their sycophants are busy trying to find space in any coming Administration. 5/N
Whatever else they can achieve, it didn't have to take two painful terms to know that Laurel& Hardy are as incompetent as they are vituperative. They have lost the country a half generation of development that Kenya so desperately needed. 6/N
Even with the most competent management, their successors will need another decade to get things going well again. May Laurel & Hardy always be reminded of their grievous errors. 7/N
Begone guys. I think your history is written and judgement will remain harsh on this side of life. Whatever happens in the next phase is not in our hands. Thankfully! N/N

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