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Oligarchs- Kenyan MPs

July 28, 2010 Leave a comment

A new frontier dubbed “Triangle war” has been opened, its scale not witnessed since the birth of Mother Kenya.

The Executive, Parliament and the Judiciary have been at each other’s throats since the inception of the 10th Parliament. A new brand of democracy or the markings of the jinx that is a defining feature of coalition government politics is dawning in Kenya.

The speed and unison on the floor of the august House in passing the National Accord and Reconciliation Act 2008 cut the MPs an image of patriotism; of men and women who were ready to salvage our burning nation’s pride of place on the global stage.

Parliament became the first line of defence against conflict. Immediately after the 2007 disputed presidential election, Parliament was the next stopover for election of a National Assembly Speaker, as Agenda Number One to arbitrate over the business of a country that was at war with itself.

The Speaker’s position is always the compass to lay down Government Business in the House. the Process was historic, rough, shaky, but laid the foundation of the Grand Coalition.

The maturity and transparency of the speaker’s election engendered a collective sigh of relief  for the bleeding nation, leaving Hon Kenneth Marende to steer the ship to safe anchorage during a turbulent period.

Marende did not disappoint. Thereafter the MPs could only compete with the Russian oligarchs in their rapacious greed. The term ‘Oligarchs’ is commonly used when referring to business  tycoons who acquired tremendous  wealth in Russia and wielded political power during different periods, and said to run amok in Russian business circles and the Kremlin.

In Kenya, a brand of oligarchs (MPs) has been visible during the tenure of all three presidents, baby seated by a pliant Judiciary and now be mourned by the Executive and wananchi.

What do I mean?

Since the birth of the Grand Coalition, Parliament has axed the powers of the Executive and emasculated the Judiciary. Parliament torpedoed the Local Tribunal Bill to try the perpetrators of the post-election violence and resoundingly voted for the Hague option. It has censured cabinet ministers at will and executed some politically.

The international community is today running out of patience with Kenya and its politicians. Using carrot and stick (visa revocation threats), they hope to tame this new breed before the 2012 General Election so that the country does not slide back to anarchy. These measures to check the misguided powers of MPs are on the walls. The high and the mighty have been at pains to disparage donor nations on the pretext of defending Kenyan sovereignty.

Hitting out at US Ambassador Michael  Ranneberger for ‘misadvising’ President Barack Obama about the slow progress in implementing Agenda Four reforms is self-denial.

Who doesn’t know that President Obama is well versed with the common man’s life in Kenya? As a young man, Obama used out matatus to travel, helped Mama Sarah carry vegetables to the market and slept and lived at her tin-roofed semi-structure house with no running water and electricity.

How many of our ministers or presidential hopefuls know how to use public transport or live in a house without running water or electricity even for a day?

Kenyan oligarchs refused to lift a finger to question why the Treasury sat on requests for money to expedite Committee of Experts’ work and other Agenda Four commissions to conclude the review process are now crucifying the treasury for refusing to implement their salary increment.

Our MPs were loud and clear in the House last week: “It is our way or the highway for the electorate and a toothless Executive”.

The only way to counter this unsurpassed greed is to vote ‘YES’ on August 4 where neither MPs nor Executive and Judiciary can determine their own salaries.

The Proposed Constitution is the emergency brakes to halt these 222 sharks and champion rebirth of Kenya.

Now playing- oops reading- Crazy monday

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