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VISION: A globally competitive education, training, research and innovation system for sustainable development.
KENYA MPYA - Selecting and Holding County Leaders to Account
Kenya Mpya is a movement of Kenyans that seek to bring about issue based; a result oriented and people centered leadership in the county as a key for accelerated national development. The movement is not a political front for any party or individual but seeks to be a catalyst for achieving Vision 2030 within the County. The movement is an initiative of I Choose Life-Africa, other civil societies and the Government.
Kenya Mpya challenges the status quo and then outlines how we can greatly strengthen our leadership selection process at the County and National levels through the development of people driven and owned strategic plans and use this in the selection of the right kind of leaders. It goes further and proposes how to put in place a performance management system for our leaders in order to ensure that they enhance the counties delivery of Vision 2030 in the fastest and most effective way.

The Kenya Mpya Book
The period between January and October 2011 saw the Kenyan shilling depreciate by over 20%.  The consequences were fast and furious including food prices shooting through the roof.  This was just a symptom of a badly managed economy.  The country had performed poorly globally, with our income per capita ranked 154th out of 183 countries.  The reason for our poor performance is the calibre of leaders the country has had in the past.  The quality of leaders we elect will determine how fast Kenya develops and the opportunities that we will enjoy and bequeath future generations.  To get the right leaders, we must get our leadership selection process right and then put in place performance management systems.

Kenya Mpya boldly challenges the status quo and outlines how we can greatly strengthen our leadership selection process at the county and national levels  It goes further to propose how to put in place a performance management system for our leaders to ensure that they deliver and empower counties to achieve Vision 2030 in the fastest and most effective way.
This book is igniting a positive revolution that is long overdue.  It puts into words what is in the heart of every Kenyan who desires the right calibre of leaders, while giving practical suggestions to enable each citizen to be a part of the change.  The call to action will ignite in you a fire that you will find hard to put out.

Chapter One: Without a Vision, People Perish
This chapter explores the importance of having vision, both a personal vision, as well as vision for Kenya.  It explores the importance of Kenya’s Vision 2030 as blueprint for Kenya’s development, but emphasises that unless individual Kenyans embrace and start to action the Vision it will not succeed.

Key Reflection Questions for Chapter One:
What is Kenya’s vision/what do you think should be Kenya’s     vision? What are the dangers of having no vision?

Chapter Two: “It’s the Economy, Stupid!”
The second chapter explores the bleak reality of Kenya’s economy, marred by facts such as Kenya not maximising exports, high national debt and corruption in business. It is suggested that in order to achieve the Vision 2030 objective of national economic growth of 10% per annum it is time to start viewing elected leaders as CEOs with responsibility to the shareholders (all Kenyans).

Key Reflection Questions for Chapter Two: If you were the CEO of Kenya Ltd, what measures would you put in place in order to achieve a 10% economic growth annually? What course of action would you recommend be put in place in order to ensure better financial accountability in the management of the citizens’ finances?

Chapter Three: People, Power and the Plan

Chapter Three presents the idea of Counties undergoing Asset Mapping and the development of a Strategic Plan. Through Asset Mapping, Counties will be able to identify resources specific to that area which can be maximised to contribute to development of the County, and through the Strategic Plan Counties will determine a vision, mission and objectives for how the County will use its assets to develop. This chapter also proposes that in order for the Strategic Plan to be effectively delivered, a job description should be created for elected leaders to ensure selection of right leaders.


Key Reflection Questions for Chapter Three: Obtain your County data sheet from and fill out the background information of your County. What strengths do you notice stand out? What weaknesses are evident? What type of job description would you create for your Governor to ensure the development of your County?   

Chapter Four: Electing the Right Leaders
In Chapter Four the concept of selecting the right leader is further explored.  It is suggested that a Leadership Selection Committee (LSC) be set-up at every level of election with the responsibilities of ensuring a leadership selection process is in place and that every candidate goes through the vetting mechanism.  This would include, for example, the potential leader detailing how he or she would deliver the Strategic Plan during their term and the holding of public debates.  The chapter goes on to consider how the leader is held to account once elected and presents the following tools as key in that process: a job description, performance monitoring plan, performance contract and leader appraisal.

Key Reflection Questions for Chapter Four: How can we strengthen the Leadership Selection process in order to choose the right leaders? How can we enhance the current contractual process between the citizens’ and their leaders?

Chapter Five: Leader’s Recall
The Constitution of Kenya, 2010 makes provision for recalling an elected leader who is deemed by constituents not to be performing.  Chapter Five proposed that as part of holding leaders to account, a Leader Recall Network be established to enforce the steps of a recall if necessary. 

Key Reflection Questions for Chapter Five: What recommendation would you suggest in order to strengthen the consequences of under performance by some leaders and the rewarding of those who perform well / the super achievers? What role will the Leaders Recall Network (LRN) in ensuring that leaders are held accountable?

Chapter Six: Universities, the Missing Catalyst for County Development
Chapter Six discusses Kenya Mpya’s partnership model, called triple helix approach, through which corporates, government and universities work together to support the development of the community as a whole. Working in cross-sector partnerships is the only way to achieve County development and universities have the ability to play a unique role in County development through their information and knowledge management and research capabilities, which are useful in Asset Mapping and developing the Strategic Plan.
Key Reflection Questions for Chapter Six: Do you see how the triple helix approach is applicable in your County?Are there universities in your County which could participate in development?
Chapter Seven: The Kenya Mpya Movement
In Chapter Seven starts with an affirmation of the importance of national values of Kenya and presents the four cornerstones of Kenyan identity as: our flag, our national anthem, our Constitution and Vision 2030.  They should shape our aspirations and bring unity.  Kenya Mpya builds on those cornerstones 4 key pillars: Social Justice and Cohesiveness, Economic Prosperity, Accountability and Transparency, and Leadership and Governance (SEAL), and calls all Kenyans to start looking outside themselves and join in a movement of people committed to the development of Kenya, starting with their Counties.
Key Reflection Questions for Chapter Seven: How can the National Values of Kenya be strengthened? How can we build up the Kenya Mpya Band movement?

Chapter Eight: Kenya, the Land of the Legends

Kenya has made significant contributions to the modern world.  Kenya is the cradle of mankind.  It is the land of the legends. Kenyans are marked by collective team spirit and resilience, having persevered through hardships and won many great victories. However, Kenya has lost some of its glory and we must focus on the race to win our development goals by 2030.  This cannot be done alone, but only together with that wonderful spirit of Harambee.
Key Reflection Questions for Chapter Eight: What do you see as Kenya’s greatest achievements? How can you and those you know contribute to achieving Vision 2030 in your County?

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