With the current stand off on BBI referendum bill, discrepancies of which is the true report, the harsh economic turmoil and difficulties as well as the balooning foreign debt has had Kenyans cry out to an extend of wishing the former president Mwai Kibaki was still in charge.

A lot of Kenyans have found themselves engaged in succession politics and talks of comparing the previous presidential regimes. The one comparison that has captured the eye of many is the one between president Uhuru Kenyatta and his successor, Mwai Kibaki. With the regime of President Kenyatta already in its homestreach, it is fair to conclude that not a lot can be completed in the final year of his tenure. whether or not he outdid Kibaki remains a matter of argument.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, Mwai Kibaki and Deputy president William route : photo courtesy

When comparing the two regimes, education, economics and politics emerge as the main areas of comparison. Lots of Kenyans, including the deputy president, have ruled out the current regime due to the current economic strain. But are they right to dismiss the current regime when its first term was arguably the best?

President Kenyatta introduced the new competency based curriculum. Whether or not this counts as a bigger achievement than Kibaki’s free primary and secondary education remains a matter of contention. Jubilee also introduced the 100% transition program and perpetuated the development of infrastructure in schools. In this case, it is fair to conclude that the Jubilee administration built on the strong foundation laid by the former regime pretty well. This smooth continuation in education, however, does not show in the economic sector. While some progress was witnessed in the first 5 years of the Jubilee government,a lot of Kenyans still complained of job losses and a high cost of living. The second term has seen the economy take a free fall. The public debt has sky rocketed and the covid-19 containment measures have not helped either.

The famous handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga at Harambee House on March 9, 2018 which gave birth to the Building Bridges Initiative. PHOTO | COURTESY

President Kenyatta, on the other hand has performed better in the political wing. He has managed to pocket all of his competitors in the 2017 general election in spectacular fashion. While Kibaki did fairly well in politics in 2002, his defeat in the 2005 referendum and the ugly scenes of the 2007/2008 post election violence make him an inferior politian when compared to President Kenyatta.
At the end it remains your choice as to whom you think was the better president.

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