With the country already unofficially choked past the KES 9 trillion debt ceiling, and officially to hit that borrowing cap in a few months, the next chorus you will hear in parliament is a very casual “will as many as of the opinion say aye”, and the speaker shall notorious pronounce “the ayes have it”, without any substantive people centered debate on the matter.
Then come the following morning, the same people that were loudest during the “ayes have it” will be on television complaining about how the raise in debt ceiling will negatively impact our economy. Fast forward to the subsequent weekends, and you find the same (dis)honorables in some villages and markets lecturing to the people about the debt ceiling and about how the government, yes, the that they serve in, doesn’t care about them. Albeit, to people whose only idea of debt is that to the local kiosks.
Case in point:
The increase in fuel prices where the very honorable members, with memory of their 2018 “ayes have it” decision on the imposition of the 8% fuel tax having escaped their memories, as usual, were on TV, social media and in funerals yapping about how the implementation has and would negatively affect their lives. They however refused to tell Kenyans that the tax and its life-threatening effects were a result of their willful choices in execution of their constitutional mandate. What is worse, the honorable members reserved a special session to gloss over the matter, an action comparable to the special sessions that they usually reserve to celebrate their comrades when they pass on. In a functional system with functionally awoke legislators, that session would have been reserved for the presentation of a legislative amendment to recall the 8% tax on fuel. But as usual, funeral-like speeches reigned supreme in parliament, allowances were earned, emotions were whipped amongst the perceived ignorant populace, and worse still, votes were earned.
- When did we change from a parliamentary legislation country to a funeral, TV and Social Media legislation country where people elected to solve the problems of this country through legislative actions in parliament pass life shattering laws in parliament, then instead of correcting their mistakes in the same parliament, they proceed to complain about the consequences of their mistakes in the media and funerals with a view to whipping emotions from a perceived ignorant populace? Is it that the people are stupid and can’t see the games and hypocrisy of the legislators, or the honorable members are too shallow and dump to know and remember their mistakes; and/or too desperate and indebted to the powers that be to stand their ground and do their job?
- If you were to ask your MP to tell you any bill that they proposed or passed in parliament that had an instant money-making impact for the people and country, relative to the instant money consuming bills that they pass through acclamations, can they have an instant and convincing answer? How can you be an instant consumer without being an instant producer? Where do people, especially leaders, get the conscience to consume without producing?
- Uhuru Kenyatta, The President, might be a dictator as many damn to care, yes, but come to think of it. . . have you ever seen or heard any law being proposed at Statehouse, Harambee House or in Gatundu, passed at the same place, and ascended to, without passing through parliament and getting the approval of parliament? Doesn’t Uhuru just ascend to laws passed by parliament, whether socioeconomically and socio-politically progressive or not? What if the parliamentarians did their job, and rejected any proposals or amendments that are not people centered and universally progressive, in the short and long-term? The one man one vote one shilling drama during the revenue sharing stand off is an example of the legislature deciding to do its job independently. Did Uhuru bypass the senate and sign the law without the adoption of the same by the senators. With all the powers and executive arrogance, didn’t he wait until there was choreographed consensus that led to the passing of the bill by the senate before he ascended to it?
- As for the numerous illegal presidential executive orders, policy (mis)directives, disobedience of court orders and illegal appointments that have been confirmed to be unconstitutional by our very honorable courts, have you seen any member of parliament raise the same issues on the floor of parliament or in a parliamentary committee through a structured, executable and implementable constitutional amendment, that is realistically enforceable? Of course, other than their usual yapping and ranting in funerals, on Tv and social media.
- In the war against corruption, the conflict-of-interest issues, abuse of power by state officers, the dreaded Chapter 6 of our constitution and disobedience of court orders; why can’t parliament enact laws that can seal the loopholes in the current laws; loopholes that have always provided a safe heaven and escape route for the criminals within the system. Isn’t it time we shifted the blame to the doors where it should reside: PARLIAMENT! Doesn’t the entire justice system operate within the precincts of the laws passed by parliament? Aren’t the bail terms and court decisions always guided by the provisions of the law as expressly laid out in the constitution and other legislative and policy provisions?
What is more tormenting is waking up to the realization that we have the progressive and protective 2010 Constitution, and that this Parliament has legal and other professional A-listers like Dr. Otiende Amollo and co.; and not the likes of Mulu Mutisya, Shapashina Oloitipitip, Ezekiel Barngetuny or Kariuki Chotara. Of course i would understand if parliament was still in the hands of the latter, and if we were still under the pre-1992 constitution. Anyway, other than the educational variance, is there any functional difference as far as their parliamentary functioning is concerned? Just thinking aloud. . . Or am I overthinking?
What Kenyans need to know and understand is that with a functionally independent, ideologically 21st century compliant, people aware and people centered legislature, both at county and national levels, all other arms of government will function effectively and serve their purposes equitably and judiciously; because there will be conclusively enforceable universal laws made to serve the people, not those in executive power, and without gaps or traps; budgets will be allocated timely and sufficiently on a priority basis to enable execution of functions and delivery of services to the people; and there will be clear and non-discriminatory consequences for members of the executive that are notorious law breakers that consider themselves to be above the law. . . this is what will breed peace through constitutional compliance and the feeling of equality amongst the people.
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