CHICAGO: With half a dozen degrees in law under his belt, Dr George Luchiri Wajackoyah, a Kenyan aboard, has decided to jump in the fray with many other potential candidates for the position of President of Kenya in the forthcoming elections in early 2012.
With chances rated 50 per cent by his own admission now, Dr Wajackoyah is showing great optimism as his recently establish Shake the Tree Movement (STTM) is slowly getting more and more acceptance with the Kenyan intelligentsia and the general public beset with number of problems ranging from burgeoning corruption to poor education facilities and extremely slow economic growth. In a talk to the ethnic Indian media here, he asserted that his topmost priority would be to eradicate corruption at all levels of the government and public places, followed by a number of measures that would spur economic growth with infrastructure development.
Dr Wajackoyah was accompanied at the press meet at Mysore Woodland on Devon Avenue with his Kenyan-Indian businessmen friends, whose support along with nearly 2 million Kenyans in North America, he values utmost. He said that rampant corruption is killing all initiatives and induces lethargy within the government and disenchantment in the society at large. “This needs to be addressed to restore faith in the government and ensure all round development,” he said.
For achieving a faster economic growth, his plan is to get the Kenyans settled abroad, including many Asians, to come back and revive the businesses and industry. “We would help them get back their property besides offering inducement to start business and industry. I have great faith in their talents and integrity,” he said. He said that people of Asian descent constitute about 15 per cent of the population and many are in business. We need their help for the development of Kenya,” he added.
The economic development will presage a significant improvement in infrastructure and Dr Wajakoyah would pitch for a hefty increase in investment in roads, water works and energy production. The spread of education, especially higher and technical education, would be assigned a priority as without the pool of skilled workers, economic growth would not be sustained. He also talked about the implementation of new constitution and putting up with the existing constitutional framework. He felt that the new constitution would let Kenyans and the people of Kenyan descent abroad actively participate in the Kenyan affairs.
Talking about his past and the way he had to put up with hardships in getting higher education, he said that to fund his educational journey he held countless minimal jobs that required maximum effort; he resorted to digging graves and working as a security guard while his application for asylum was pending. After he acquired several law degrees at, the Universities of Wolverhampton, London (SOAS), Warwick, and Westminster & UOL Birkberk, he opened an immigration law practice in London, where he led a formidable fight against Daniel Arap Moi, the former Kenyan dictator. George remained in the UK for almost two decades before he relocated to the United States.
In America he enrolled for an LLM program at the University of Baltimore. He is currently an adjunct professor of law at the American Heritage University of Southern California. He has lectured extensively on law and economics, human rights, constitutional and international law all over America and also has become an intercontinental teacher addressing members of parliament in the UK, British MPs, and equally, members of congress in America.
He has been honored by the American Jewish society and has recently become the Vice President of a newly born company, My Network 1 Inc, in Rancho Cucamonga, applying his vast knowledge and practice. However, his priority, within all of these occupations, is the liberation of Kenyans from a long line of corrupt leaders. He is currently organizing the last touches of his campaign to be launched in Kenya next year, when he will return after many years of exile from his homeland.
India Post News Service