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April 19 - 25, 2013


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Government Has Been Brought Closer To Us By Further Devolution Of Power

Baking the national cake is not a one or two handed activity

Coastweek -- In the last two weeks, Kenya has gone through some important milestones in the shaping of the future of our country under the new political paradigm, writes TETI KAMUGUNDA.

The Supreme Court gave their ruling on the challenges by various organisations, including the CORD Coalition, against the election of President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta.

It then explained earlier this week the reasons why they gave the ruling and the jury will be out on this for some time to come as the aggrieved party lawyers, the legal fraternity and other experts all dissect the reasons and give their two cents worth of opinion.

The Supreme Court has gone one stage further and arranged to publish the reasoning behind their ruling so that wananchi will be able to also read and maybe understand the convolutions behind their ruling. All this augers well for the future elections.

One master stroke, Mutunga et al will inform the populace on the details behind why they ruled the way they did and this act will also act as some form of civic education.

Well done CJ and your team.

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 drama emerging.

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.

Government has 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.

The promises 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.

There is 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 same.

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.

We could 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 national saving.

As Kachumbari says: “Sasa ni kazi kwa sisi sote si kazi kwa vijana tu!”


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