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Devolution Must Be Had In Kenya

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In this week’s Star column Devolution Must Be Had In Kenya, I note how Kenyans continue to be sold bill of goods, especially on this phony age issue.

Excerpt:

While the new constitution did away with the colonial administrative units of PCs, DCs, DOs and Chiefs in favor of these 47 counties led by their respective governors, however, Kibaki in total disregard of the law basically created a parallel county government comprised of commissioners who would keep close taps on county affairs in behalf of the president.

President Uhuru has somewhat scaled back this illegal parallel or duplicative county government system by recalling and redeploying all provincial commissioners but county commissioners still remain in place with their questionable but useless roles from the taxpayer and voter’s perspective.

As noted above, Jomo Kenyatta immediately sought and successfully dismantled the majimbo provisions in the constitution soon after assuming power with the help of none other than Daniel Arap Moi himself.

This is significant because on the one hand Moi went against the interests of Rift Valley, especially the Kipsigis and Nandis who preferred majimbo.

On the other hand, by allowing Kenyatta to use him in the manner he did in exchange for smooth climbing up the job ladder, Moi helped create circumstances under which all land injustices in RV can be traced to.

A good case can be made Kenyatta the son is attempting to do what Kenyatta the father did in the 60s and that’s yanking from the constitution guarantees and protections for a devolved government. He will not or should not succeed, though, for a number of reasons:

First, unlike his father who already had state tools he could employ at will to effect whatever his wish was, Uhuru is constrained by the very state instruments and tools now available to ordinary mwananchi and these include the right to sue government or initiate and effect constitutional amendments.

Second, Uhuru practically owes his presidency to IEBC’s incompetence and his deputy William Ruto whose region RV could not allow him to be used as Moi was to yet again dash their hopes to be in control of their own destiny and resources.

Third, the country as a whole other than the minority from the president’s backyard has no more appetite for continued hogging and exploitation of national resources at their expense and for the benefit of only two communities who thus far have been exchanging presidencies.

Finally, but not least, we may have in some ways come full circle to the time Kenyatta the father ruled but the world has changed so dramatically in terms of the political awareness knowledge of what those in power connived is not limited to state controlled media which did the bidding for those in power.

It’ll be foolhardy for a leader or leaders not to know there’s nothing more fatal to their ill-advised machinations and scheming intended to exploit, use and abuse than an informed public.

While the new constitution did away with the colonial administrative units of PCs, DCs, DOs and Chiefs in favor of these 47 counties led by their respective governors, however, Kibaki in total disregard of the law basically created a parallel county government comprised of commissioners who would keep close taps on county affairs in behalf of the president.

President Uhuru has somewhat scaled back this illegal parallel or duplicative county government system by recalling and redeploying all provincial commissioners but county commissioners still remain in place with their questionable but useless roles from the taxpayer and voter’s perspective.

As noted above, Jomo Kenyatta immediately sought and successfully dismantled the majimbo provisions in the constitution soon after assuming power with the help of none other than Daniel Arap Moi himself.

This is significant because on the one hand Moi went against the interests of Rift Valley, especially the Kipsigis and Nandis who preferred majimbo.

On the other hand, by allowing Kenyatta to use him in the manner he did in exchange for smooth climbing up the job ladder, Moi helped create circumstances under which all land injustices in RV can be traced to.

A good case can be made Kenyatta the son is attempting to do what Kenyatta the father did in the 60s and that’s yanking from the constitution guarantees and protections for a devolved government. He will not or should not succeed, though, for a number of reasons:

First, unlike his father who already had state tools he could employ at will to effect whatever his wish was, Uhuru is constrained by the very state instruments and tools now available to ordinary mwananchi and these include the right to sue government or initiate and effect constitutional amendments.

Second, Uhuru practically owes his presidency to IEBC’s incompetence and his deputy William Ruto whose region RV could not allow him to be used as Moi was to yet again dash their hopes to be in control of their own destiny and resources.

Third, the country as a whole other than the minority from the president’s backyard has no more appetite for continued hogging and exploitation of national resources at their expense and for the benefit of only two communities who thus far have been exchanging presidencies.

Finally, but not least, we may have in some ways come full circle to the time Kenyatta the father ruled but the world has changed so dramatically in terms of the political awareness knowledge of what those in power connived is not limited to state controlled media which did the bidding for those in power.

It’ll be foolhardy for a leader or leaders not to know there’s nothing more fatal to their ill-advised machinations and scheming intended to exploit, use and abuse than an informed public.

– See more at: http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/article-133307/full-devolution-must-be-attained#sthash.IPWSX94B.dpuf

While the new constitution did away with the colonial administrative units of PCs, DCs, DOs and Chiefs in favor of these 47 counties led by their respective governors, however, Kibaki in total disregard of the law basically created a parallel county government comprised of commissioners who would keep close taps on county affairs in behalf of the president.

President Uhuru has somewhat scaled back this illegal parallel or duplicative county government system by recalling and redeploying all provincial commissioners but county commissioners still remain in place with their questionable but useless roles from the taxpayer and voter’s perspective.

As noted above, Jomo Kenyatta immediately sought and successfully dismantled the majimbo provisions in the constitution soon after assuming power with the help of none other than Daniel Arap Moi himself.

This is significant because on the one hand Moi went against the interests of Rift Valley, especially the Kipsigis and Nandis who preferred majimbo.

On the other hand, by allowing Kenyatta to use him in the manner he did in exchange for smooth climbing up the job ladder, Moi helped create circumstances under which all land injustices in RV can be traced to.

A good case can be made Kenyatta the son is attempting to do what Kenyatta the father did in the 60s and that’s yanking from the constitution guarantees and protections for a devolved government. He will not or should not succeed, though, for a number of reasons:

First, unlike his father who already had state tools he could employ at will to effect whatever his wish was, Uhuru is constrained by the very state instruments and tools now available to ordinary mwananchi and these include the right to sue government or initiate and effect constitutional amendments.

Second, Uhuru practically owes his presidency to IEBC’s incompetence and his deputy William Ruto whose region RV could not allow him to be used as Moi was to yet again dash their hopes to be in control of their own destiny and resources.

Third, the country as a whole other than the minority from the president’s backyard has no more appetite for continued hogging and exploitation of national resources at their expense and for the benefit of only two communities who thus far have been exchanging presidencies.

Finally, but not least, we may have in some ways come full circle to the time Kenyatta the father ruled but the world has changed so dramatically in terms of the political awareness knowledge of what those in power connived is not limited to state controlled media which did the bidding for those in power.

It’ll be foolhardy for a leader or leaders not to know there’s nothing more fatal to their ill-advised machinations and scheming intended to exploit, use and abuse than an informed public.

– See more at: http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/article-133307/full-devolution-must-be-attained#sthash.IPWSX94B.dpuf

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