The Kenyan political scene is a circus that never ceases in its innuendos. From elections to campaigns and campaigns to fresh elections.
The experience reminds me of the 2005 event which literally split the nation into the Orange and Banana antagonistic campaign fronts . This polarization greatly contributed to the post Election violence that rocked our country following the bungled presidential elections in 2007.
In 2010, the scenario was almost similar, although less heated than it had been previously. The country is yet again tossed into the referendum debate, the main question being whether the Executive is frustrating the devolution agenda for the County Governments.
The push initially by the governors crusade and firmly supported by the Senators and most recently the Opposition under the three CORD principles. This argument is valid as long as it seeks to put the Central government in check and especially when it appears to frustrate the efforts of the Constitutionally recognized devolution process.
The counties in my opinion ought to be supported in establishing their governance structures and ensuring that the grassroots effect that they had so much hopes in, can really project towards improving their living standards. The counties can and should cumulatively become the economic hubs for the nation. The natural resources present in these counties can be tapped and exploited for revenue both to the county and to the citizens. I concur, as far as the intentions of the governors crusade envisions my line of thinking, or something more organized.
In concurring with this point of view, I need to express my disapproval of the CORD’s top brass approach of overhauling the Presidential system of government for a Parliamentary one. This, in other words means that Parliamentarians would be entitled with choosing the Head of State and keep in check the decisions of the Executive. Most importantly, this would strip the electorate of the power to vet their head of State and in turn give way to the manipulation of MPs to influence voting outcomes.
If I were asked, I have more confidence in the current presidency than in the parliament. Our MPs are known for the greed that is always up their sleeves and with no one keeping them in check then only the worst can be imagined of them.
CORD, in keeping the government in check should not forget that we have a President who is legally in office and the least they can do is keep up with it while strategizing for the 2017 General Elections.
We instead should have counter policies from the Opposition. Policies that are mature and highly applicable to the lives of the citizenry… ones that could depict them a worthy alternative to the Jubilee government.
The nation is keenly watching as each party pulls on a different direction. Whether in pursuit of individual interests or the national agenda remains a mirage. Either way, the bickering needs to become more creative.
Ooko Victor – Secretary General, Students Union of Egerton University.
Ookoscope, the way it is!