Majority Leader who is also the Garissa Township MP has in a strongly worded Facebook Post, hit at the Garissa Governor Ali Qorane. In a post he termed as ”Free advice to Garissa county Government leadership” the MP lambasted the Governor asking him to carry his own cross and own up the mistakes of his county administration. In what now appears to be an open war between the legislator and the Governor that has hitherto been conducted behind emmisaries the Garissa Township MP released an avalanche of open air attacks on the governor today.
”In the world of leadership where the traits of accountability and personal responsibility are so highly regarded, I have one question? What’s with all the finger pointing? What’s the panic? Why community meetings?
One of my pet peeves is coming across leaders who think they’re always right, and that any problem or challenge that arises must clearly be the fault of someone else. Here’s the thing – as a leader, anything that happens on your watch is your responsibility whether you like it or not and as the CEO of the county you must take responsibility and no one shares with you as per constitution. This level of responsibility just goes with the territory and leaders who cannot accept this do not deserve to lead.
The last time I checked, we all make mistakes – I know I do. Most of us don’t look for perfection in leaders, we look for leaders who see mistakes as a chance for opportunity, growth and improvement, not an opportunity to blame shift. Leadership isn’t about blaming others, but realizing any blame levied should rest solely upon the leader. The best leaders will only point the finger at one person – themselves and not us, not the community.
The truth of the matter is no victories are won by participating in the blame game. It’s been said, “The only thing that happens when you throw dirt is that you lose ground.” and you are a classical example. Blame doesn’t inspire, it breeds malcontent and discord. If trust is the cornerstone of leadership, then blame can only be viewed as the corrosive behavior that eats away at the foundation. Don’t be the “Teflon” leader who worries about what might stick – be the mature leader who takes the hit, deals with the issue, and moves forward with character. Lead – don’t blame…
Real leaders won’t accept credit for success, but always claim responsibility for failure. In analyzing why some leaders struggle with blame shifting I’ve concluded it usually comes down to an overabundance of pride or lack of courage. Excuses, rationalizations, and justifications will never serve as an adequate substitute for courage and humility. Those in leadership positions who talk rather than listen and point fingers rather than take decisive action have simply failed to lead.
We’ve all witnessed leaders who are masters of the quick draw when it comes to pointing the finger. Leaders full of deceit, cheerleaders, lack confidence, feel political insecurity, wants to intimidated free thought and freedom of expression. These are also the leaders who most quickly lose the respect of those they lead.
Almost nothing impugns the character of leader faster than attempting to dodge an issue rather than deal with it. The interesting thing is that distortions and deflections might seem to work in the short-term, but reality always seems to find its way home. The fastest way to make an issue fade into the background is to own it, and then do everything in your power to resolve it. Attempts to do anything else only end up amplifying the issue.
Leadership is not just about enjoying the fruits of success. It comes with a fair share of failures and challenges as well.
We cannot be the leaders who blame others for their failures. After many elections we gave you an opportunity to serve the electorates and test your leadership for future, barely two years in office systems don’t exist, corruption is rampant, service delivery is at its lowest in the health sector, water, garbage collection, ECD, County roads, agriculture and livestock?
Why we do blame successive regime as the people of north for marginalization when devolved units with resources and county legislature was to make the life of our people better than those regions that benefited from a centralized governance structure.
As Edward Clay, former UK Ambassador to Kenya during the NARC administration said and I quote
“After eating public resources and indulge in poor leadership, because of stomach constipation, we will not allow you to turn around and vomit on our shoes “that’s what am telling you. We won’t accept your administration to vomit on our shoes, carry your cross.
To the people of my constituency and the county don’t be intimidated, blackmailed, distracted from the critical issues of the day , given community lunch, keep asking questions, seek accountability from your leaders, as provided in article 34 of the constitution.
For me, my track record is with the public and I am ready for a rematch of the previous election. The result will be more disastrous. Prepare for the long haul Mr Governor.”