Meerkats live in colonies. While one meerkat looks out, the others are busy looking for food. This is how they benefit from living in a society, instead of living alone. More of them can eat in peace, instead of worrying about enemies. This social benefit is entirely funded by social responsibility, and this is how society works.
People choose to live in a society because collectively they benefit more than they pay out. People choose to have a government because they benefit more from having a government than not having a government. So the government exists to BENEFIT THE PUBLIC.
So then, the proper evaluation criteria of choosing a government official is OBVIOUSLY - how much have you benefited the public? This is not rocket science stuff. This is just asking if people are as intelligent as meerkats.
Leaders who are the BEST at.........
Improving education, improving infrastructure, increasing GDP, protecting environment, lowering unemployment, lowering crime rate, should be at the top in any government.
What If I made a lot of money for myself? No this did not benefit the public. We have people who have used publicly-funded roads, publicly-educated labor force, publicly-funded dispute settlement system, publicly-funded defense, got fabulously rich, and never paid a dime/or maybe pay little in taxes. They have never benefited the public in their entire lives. We call these people “very smart” and elect them to run our affairs. Eh - does this make sense to you? Have a look at Kenyas political landscape, it is full of people like these.
How then do we go about getting the leaders we need? Or rather the best public servants.
The most basic is to know which sport you are watching! You can not just grab Usain Bolt, and market him for weight-lifting, or” the best swimsuit model”
“Merit” is a vague and biased term, which should not be taken for granted. The more precise term is “Selection Criteria”. You select for running ability, then you get people who run fast. You select for jumping ability, then you get people who jump high.
You select for the ability to sell ice to the Eskimos, then you get people who can sell ice to the Eskimos. You select for people who screw other people successfully, you get LEADERS who will screw YOU successfully.
So the question every Kenyan should ask themselves is what are YOU selecting a leader for.
Secondly, we need to separate “private merit” from “public merit”. Your own smarts and hardworking ethic are your private merits. You give more to the society than you take from it, that’s public merits. “Private merits” such as the ability to make money makes one a good marriage prospect, but nothing else.
“Public merits” are the pre-requisite to enter civil service and also the criteria when selecting our leaders. Not kieleweke or Tangatanga or maybe we kenyans are not as smart as the meerkats.