The Kiongozi challenge is a Transform Nations initiative/campaign that sensitizes the people of Kenya on values of a true leader especially as we head towards the general elections in August. This campaign rallies Kenyans to rate their leaders through a criteria of evaluation known as the “5C’s OF A LEADER”.

What then are the 5C’s of a good leader?

  1. Conciliatory
  2. Competent
  3. Character
  4. Caring
  5. Compelling Vision


Who is a conciliatory leader?

This concept begins by understanding who a leader is and what the word of God says as concerning leadership. A leader is a peacemaker (Matthew 5:8 – Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God). King David is portrayed as a shepherd of Israel. A shepherd is made one by his flock. His number one role is to keep his flock together, at peace with each other.Therefore a conciliatory leader loves and preaches peace and unity. He builds bridges across religious, social, political and ethnic divide. This leader respects everyone regardless of their gender, religion, generation, ethnicity and/or political opinions. A conciliatory leader is also tolerant of different views, opinions and convictions.

In the year 2007/8, Kenya would experience one of the worst civil wars in Africa. Neighbor turned against neighbor. Mayhem and severe political tensions birthed pools of innocent blood shed along tribal divides. Kenya was burning as the rest of the world watched. In this catastrophic political and humanitarian crisis, it is estimated that over 1,000 people were killed and over 500, 000 others displaced. In the midst of heightened politically propagated agendas, politicians were recorded calamitously inciting Kenyans to fight along ethnic lines. 

Could this crisis have been mitigated had our political leaders advanced a conciliatory approach? The answer is YES! At a time when Kenya was in the brinks of death and probable implications of the Rwanda Genocide approach, our leaders failed to reunite the people. While a few of the leaders were seen to be making a genuine effort to promote cohesion among all our indigenous people and cultures, majority called for chaos and disruption. Public displays of feuds between leaders of varied ethnic groups contributed to the pervasiveness of violence in Kenya.

As Kenyans we have come far; we have toiled to build a culture of tolerance and appreciation for one another and our rich diversity.As we head towards the much anticipated general elections, let us examine whether the leader we cast our vote for is out to be a peacemaker or a mayhem worker. We can all agree, too much blood has been shed and wounds have taken years to heal. We MUST rally for conciliatory leaders who love and honor Kenya and us a s a people.



Does your leader get the job done?

 A true leader gets the job done.  (Ps. 78:72) … with skillful hands he led them.

One of the biggest criticisms of MCAs in Nairobi is that they do not know what they are doing, and when in doubt they resort to violence. David led Israel with skillful hands. He was an effective leader – he won the wars, expanded the territory, maintained security and builds the economy. Before he took office, he had proved himself (Goliath, bear and lion).

  • Skills – What are the leaders skills and abilities? Is he a fit for the job? Evaluate your leader on the premise of his prowess. Does he posses skills required to get the job done? For instance, is your leader a man of the people?
  • Achievements – What has he accomplished before? Keenly examine accolades and recognition that you proposed leader has garnered from previous projects.
  • Commitment – What is he committed to do for the people? A competent leader should have a clear agenda of what he purposes to do for his/her people. In spite of obvious challenges, the leader should remain focused and committed to the course.



Does you leader posses integrity?

A true leader is committed to doing what is just and right!  (Ps 78:72) And David shepherded them with integrity of heart.

A leader with character is authentic, quick to admit shortcomings. He can be trusted with power. A person of integrity submits to a higher power – from where he gets the absolutes. The key to becoming a person who successfully leads in the real world is character.

  • Moral integrity – is responsible sexually and committed to family
  • Financial integrity – can be trusted with finances, abhors corruption
  • Relational integrity – can be trusted to keep his word



Does your leader have your best interest at heart?

A true leader truly is a shepherd to the people. (See John 13:11 – I am the good shepherd. The shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.) Caring for people opens the door to followership. People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.

A shepherd’s commitment is the welfare of his sheep. He spends time with them, knows them, meets their needs and defends them from predators. He cares.

A caring leader;

  1. Understands the people’s needs; is able to articulate the real issues and come up with ways to alleviate them.
  2. Is willing to sacrifice for the sake of the people, a servant leader whose main agenda is not to amass power for personal gain.
  3. Upholds human dignity, justice for all & equality of all

When a shepherd is in charge, life should be good! (Psalm 23)


Compelling Vision

Can your leader paint an image of the preferred future?

A true leader sees and paints a picture of the preferred future. (Prov 29:18)  Where there is no vision the people perish.

A true leader sees and paints a picture of the preferred future. (Where there is no vision the people perish – Proverbs 29:18) David was a visionary. Besides building Israel into glory and achieving the Israeli Dream, he dreamt of building a temple for God. God stopped him, but he prepared the resources for it. He had thoughts of what future Israel needed to be, and he made it a reality for many. A shepherd has got to paint a clear picture of the destination of his flock.

  1. What? – Is the vision clear, specific, and possible?
  2. How? – How do we get there from here?
  3. When? – How long will it take to get there?


As the general elections approach, we need to use this score-card to rate the candidates. We encourage Kenyans not to vote for someone because he is a friend, they come from the same tribe, they have money, or they are one of us. We must vote for leaders who will lead us into Kenya mpya. We need to establish a culture where our leaders know they will be held accountable; a culture that obliges leaders to be 5C leaders that we can trust with the future of this country.


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