Kenya Is Ready For Majimbo.
The argument that Majimboism is going to divide Kenyans is not true and I argue President Kibaki and his team to tell Kenyans the truth behind Majimboism. Majimbo as a political system has worked in many countries and I don’t see why not for Kenya. A majimbo system is going to help in securing democracy and human rights especially in a country like Kenya where politicians don’t obey the law. Public choice theory that was demonstrated during referendum is that majimbo is what Kenyans want and that’s why they rejected the banana constitution. It has been argued that in smaller political units, individuals can participate more directly than in a monolithic unitary government. Moreover, individuals dissatisfied with conditions in one Jimbo have the option of moving to another. Of course, this argument assumes that freedom of movement between places is necessarily secured by a majimbo system.
What is Federalism or in Swahili Majimbo?
According to Wikipedia, Political federalism is a political philosophy in which a group of members who are bound together (Latin: foedus, covenant) with a governing representative head. The term federalism is also used to describe a system of the government in which sovereignty is constitutionally divided between a central governing authority and constituent political units (like states or provinces). Federalism is the system in which the power to govern is shared between the national & state governments, creating what is often called a federation.
Wikipedia continues to explain that through a system of separation of power or “checks and balances,” each of these branches has some authority to act on its own, some authority to regulate the other two branches, and has some of its own authority, in turn, regulated by the other branches. In addition, the powers of the federal government as a whole are limited by the Constitution, which leaves a great deal of authority to the individual regions.
The following characteristics are among those shared by countries with a federal system of government;
• At least two orders of government;
• Division of powers between the orders of government as defined in the constitution;
• Division of revenue sources to ensure each order of government certain areas of autonomy, also set out in the constitution;
• Written constitution that cannot be amended unilaterally.
Reasons for Kenya to adopt a federal system include the need to reflect on the linguistic, economic and cultural differences that Kenya has been experiencing for many years. Up to now, the common Kenyan in the village has no political or geographical links to whatever the central government is all about. CDF is a small example of how majimbo can benefit the local Mwanainchi. Each CDF had its own member of parliament appointed by the people of Kenya and its own administration. Kibaki himself is proud of CDF and I don’t understand why he does not support the Majimbo system. A number of external factors will encourage the region to unite, i.e. Swahili language, higher education institutes, food among others. Given the political conditions prevailing in Kenya right now, majority of Kenyans will favor a federal type of government.
Kenya will be divided as the following:
Region 1, consisting of the following districts – Kwale; Mombasa; Taita Taveta; Kilifi; Lamu; Tana River and Malindi
Region 2, consisting of – Makueni; Machakos; Kitui; Mwingi.
Region 3, consisting of – Meru Central; Meru South; Meru North; Tharaka.
Region 4, consisting of – Mbeere; Embu; Kirinyaga.
Region 5, consisting of – Isiolo; Marsabit; Moyale.
Region 6, consisting of – Garissa; Ijara; Mandera; Wajir.
Region 7, consisting of – Kajiado; Narok; Trans Mara; Kuria.
Region 8, consisting of – Kisii Central; Gucha; Nyamira.
Region 9, consisting of – Teso; Bungoma; Busia; Lugari; Kakamega; Vihiga; Butere/Mumias.
Region 10, consisting of -Turkana; West Pokot; Marakwet; Trans Nzoia; Mt Elgon; Keiyo; Uasin Gishu; Nandi North; Nandi South.
Region 11, consisting of -Kericho; Bureti; Bomet; Baringo; Koibatek; Nakuru; Samburu; Laikipia.
Region 12, consisting of – Kisumu; Bondo; Nyando; Siaya; Suba; Rachuonyo; Homa Bay; Migori.
Region 13, consisting – Kiambu; Thika; Murang’a; Maragua; Nyandarua; Nyeri.
Region 14 (Nairobi Metropolitan), consisting of the following –
Westlands; Kasarani; Lang’ata; Embakasi; Starehe, Kamukunji.
Munala Wa Munala.
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