MPs Behaviour is Selfish
The move by Members of Parliament to amend miscellaneous bill in their favour is selfish and unconstitutional. It is betrayal to the people of Kenya who elected them during the last general election.
By MPs wanting to amend the Elections Act to lower the academic qualifications is an insult to the constitution and to the republic of Kenya and more so the education sector. What this shows is that they are overlooking the education sector which has been fighting day and night to ensure that as many Kenyans as possible enjoy higher education. It again gives aspirants a reason to smile and relax since it will no longer be mandatory for them to seek post secondary education. For a country that holds education as a driving force to accomplishing vision 2030, this is more of betrayal and insensitivity to the law and to the people. Thanks to the MPs who brought a motion to reverse it.
Secondly, amending the Political Parties Act to allow for party hopping is another big injustice. What other explanation do we need to define impunity if not this? The action shows that political promiscuity in Kenya will never come to an end and this kills the spirit of the new constitution. A member of parliament who cannot sustain their stay in one political party can as well not sustain his promises to the people and cannot hold true development values. What is happening in parliament is a bad joke in spending the public finances.
Thirdly, the Attorney General Githu Muigai is losing his value very fast in the face of the public. His action to exercise powers and amend the elections bill to allow Presidential Candidates and their running mates to present their names for nominations shows that he has no sense in protecting the constitution. He ascertains that he is less concerned about women, marginalised groups, physically challenged and other special interests groups that should be the beneficiary of these spaces. What he is simply doing is overlooking the oath of allegiance took to defend the constitution.
Fourthly, the MPs and the office of the Attorney General are holding the Kenyan people at ransom. We cannot differentiate between leaders and dictators. They have proved to dictate what Kenyans must take to the bank. It is so cruel that people who branded themselves as true champions of democracy and leaders in integrity and defenders of the rule of law can turn their guns and knives against the people who voted them out of good will. It is inhumane and unacceptable before the law.
Finally, the MPs are indicating that the Judiciary is a weakened arm that cannot act once they have had their voice. For a long period of time, the judiciary has been termed as the weakest arm of the Government by people who have been influenced by politicians. It is the high time the Chief Justice mobilised his crew to come in rescue of the oppressed Kenyan people. It must apply its constitutional powers and rule in favour of the rule of law and constitutionality and not by influence by MPs.
The Kenyan people should also take this as a wakeup call and challenge them by voting in the best in the coming general election.
By Koome Kimonye, Nairobi
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