Why Kenyans Cannot Celebrate.
Following the disputed elections in December last year, Kenya was in the verge of a civil war break out and we do thank God that it never happened despite the fact that more than 1500 Kenyans lost their lives and more than 300000 were displaced without mentioning destruction of properties worth billions of Kenya shillings.
Today there is sigh of relief that Kenyans are going on well with their daily lives despite the fact that price of commodities has sky rocketed and famine is looming. When Dr. Kofi Annan and other eminent African leaders helped to broker peace accord between president Kibaki and prime minister designate, Hon. Raila Odinga, all Kenyans of good will celebrated and we were all relieved that our country wont slide into civil war or genocide.
After the deal, parliament was recalled and the new accord was passed in very quickly and it was put in our constitution. Then after, there was the issue of naming the much awaited cabinet and once again PNU and ODM could not agree on the cabinet portfolios and shamelessly, Dr. koffi Annan has to talk with both principals in order to agree on the issue of cabinet set up. According to reports which were being filtered by the media and other sources, PNU was rooting for a cabinet of 44 while ODM was for 34.Religious leaders and civil organisations wanted a lean cabinet in order not to overburden the Kenyan tax payers since Kenya is one of the country in the world whereby parliamentarians are amongst the highest well paid.
After some weeks of jostling about over the cabinet naming with some leaders even calling for a re-run of presidential elections, if President Kibaki and Raila were not agreeing; both Kibaki and Raila pulled a fast one and agreed on a cabinet of 40 which will be named on Sunday-6th April. Now if we are going to have a cabinet ministers numbering 40 and the same if not more number of assistant ministers, it means that we gone have almost the half of parliamentarians in the cabinet. This is a big burden to the Kenyan tax payers to sustain such a huge cabinet. Kenyans voted for change in last December elections, but now its emerging very clearly that our politicians do not have the well being of our country and its people at heart and rather its only for their well being status together with their cronies.
For the past one month, none of our leaders who has been talking about the displaced Kenyans but they have been busy lobbying for cabinet posts because that’s what they care most about. Kenyans should learn a very big lesson from the current leaders we are having because when they were campaigning and soliciting for votes last year, our sky was full of choppers but today those choppers cannot fly anymore to go and preach peace and reconciliation, address our own internal refugees and even give them hope of how they will be re-settled and to be compensated.
What has emerged now in Kenya today is elite political class who are hell bound to stay in power with their cronies and once they are done, their children to take over. So common mwananchi has no place in our political frame work and that’s why we the ordinary Kenyans should re-examine ourselves and form a political party based with one common interest called Kenya. Unless we start ideological politics, tribal chiefs will always have a free field in Kenyan politics and they will continue playing tribal cards after every five years and we will continue killing each other in their names, and once the “animal” is down, they will continue getting the lion’s share.
Githuku Wa Muirani.
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