A cursory glance at conditions in Kenya today reveals rather vividly the very important, if not dominant, the position of state in the life of millions of Kenyans. This is true in the more advanced states as it is in the underdeveloped nations like Kenya, seeking to develop. Certainly the complexity of interdependence in human relations and the large tasks that man has claimed for himself to accomplish call for large scale development, massive effort and unified direction. In the more advanced states, governments play a key role in promoting peace and economic growth and maintaining economic stability. Political leaders play an important role in promoting and or hindering the enhancement of peace and tranquility the world over. These leaders are the key in promoting development when they act in conformity to law of the land and with the view to ensuring development of the people. The pertinence of leaders is on development hence what they echo will also the followers echo. Let leaders bear in mind that they still have to press forward with speed and urgency, for us Kenyans have much to do in this winter of peril and possibility. That we have much to repair, restore, heal and build.

Our history has been a constant struggle between the Kenyan ideal that we are all equal and the harsh, ugly reality that tribalism, nepotism, corruption, nativism, fear, and marginalization have long torn us apart. The battle is perennial and victory is never assured. In this regard, what leaders do is important for the assimilation of the people they lead, since followers tend to copy the doings of the leaders be it voluntarily or involuntarily. We appreciate from both theoretical and praxis perspectives, that leaders are the key in both development and peace orientations. In this view political leaders assume day to day processes of creating value of their people for the attainment of the path they want.

Noting this fact, that political leadership is a concept central to understanding political processes and outcomes. Leaders can change the dimension of the world if they want to. Great leaders emerge to change the world; it could be positively or negatively. We know that literatures the world over have indulged into expounding theories of leadership and/ or types of leadership and the management but they seem to capture little on the leadership role in fostering peace and tranquility on the current verge of the global trends of events and especially in Kenya. Perhaps it is because those who author the various literature are basically not politicians and hence they culminate the perceptual angle which may at times be deceitful.

As we head to the august polls and as nominations continue hitting the grounds, our Kenyan leaders have huge role to play in improving peace and hence development. We know that political parties are bound together by policies that they put in place. Policies step from the vision of those who lead the party. We appreciate the presence of machinery and various structures of the political parties, which drive political organizations. Political parties‟ main objective is to clinch power of the state. In doing so some parties attempt to schedule a period for achieving the same. Our experience indicates that some do not. Even parties that fought for the independence of various countries in Africa and the world over, had varied spelt period of attaining independence-power of the state. Indeed some did not have. This is common even to those oppressed. Some determine the extent of their waging of war against those who oppress, some fight without that determination of period, hence to them victory is an unpredictable situation.

In the current world, it is important to realize that whether leaders have time set to get in power, few important things are imperative. That the intentions of political leaders should enshrine peace in everything they do. Also, plans and actions of these leaders should be adherent to development. Spoken policies and thus speeches of political leaders should profess truth. Leaders should learn to appreciate defeat and thus victory in times of elections without undue influence of pegging failures to others even when such is not the case. Parties and alliances are not important compared to the peaceful environment on which we thrive as Kenyans.

Enshrining Peace in all undertakings, plans and strategies to get in power should always be responsive to peace, tranquility and development. The focus of what we plan should tell us that we prefer prevalence of peace and development than success of our plans at the expense of jeopardizing peace and tranquility. In achieving this we must appreciate that the land we work has existed before the creation of parties. Of prime necessity is life and it has to be lived and continued. History, faith, and reason show the way, the way of unity. We can see each other not as adversaries but as neighbors. We can treat each other with dignity and respect and in doing this we can create a better Kenya.