Well done CJ and
It was befitting
that the last election test the provisions of the
Constitution and it did that well up to the point of the
challenging of the presidential election.
We still have
nearly a hundred and fifty other pieces of litigation that
have to be sorted out which challenge various outcomes and
aspects of the other five elections that took place,
namely - Governor, Member of Parliament, Senator, Country
Ward Representative and Women representative.
Our hope is that
the resolution of all this litigation will set sufficient
precedence which, together with the ruling on the
presidential election, will streamline the election
process for future contests.
The only sad
thing (and I may be crucified for this) is that we did not
proceed to a run off and all its razzmatazz.
I reckon that we
needed to go the whole way in order to fully test and set
precedence for the whole election process.
This would have
meant that we would have had less tension in future
elections as the waters will all have been tested and the
populace will be less excited at the prospect of a new
As it stands
now, there is likely to be some serious drama should we
have a future election that proceeds to a run off.
In that period
as well we have had the opening of parliament and the
inaugural “State of the Nation” speech by Prezzo.
It was good to
see that the message he gave to the nation has been
consistent with their campaign pledges and also with the
speech that he made during his inauguration.
We, the people
of Kenya who elected the team (whether we voted for them
or not is a moot point), should now hold them accountable
for delivery on their promises.
We need to move
away where the end of elections and the end of the
euphoria of winning or the commiseration of losing meant
our loss of interest in the functioning of the government.
been brought closer to us by the devolution of power and
the delivery of the national promise will mainly be at the
county government level.
were contained in nine high level pillars - an honest and
transparent government, an end to corruption, delivering
devolution, protecting people’s rights, peace,
stream-lining the national government, implementation of
the Constitution, extending basis services to all citizens
and also creating jobs.
This is a lot of
work and we must, as Kenyans, not sit back and wait for
the government to “deliver”.
We are also part
of that mechanism and we must play our part.
something that each of us can do to help the government
deliver on the nine pillars, We are the government so we
must all act honestly.
If we don’t then
we cannot expect the people we interact with to do the
This goes for
the elimination of corruption.
If we refuse to
be corrupted or also refuse to be accomplices to
corruption by paying bribes or abetting the commitment, we
shall have done our bit as Kenyans.
continue down for all nine pillars but this should suffice
to illustrate our role - and it is a big one - in helping
the government deliver on its promises.
Let us also roll
up our sleeves and get to work. Baking the national cake
is not a one or two handed activity. It requires that we
all do our bit to create this monstrous cake.
If we can
jointly pull this through then it means there will be
enough to go round and there will almost certainly be some
pieces left which can be put aside for a another day as a