The reasons why MPs rejected Amb. Dr. Monica Juma are logical and plausible. MPs are the representatives of the WILL of the people. If the people of Kabuoch (Ndhiwa Constituency) or Ogwedhi (Suna East Constituency) are not comfortable with a particular police officer or chief or DO, or DC (whichever new names they have) a single letter by the MP should be reason enough for such persons to be moved.
In the US, by the way, law enforcement officers are ELECTED by the community they serve under. The municipal or town council mayor is ELECTED. The local police boss (SHERIFF) is ELECTED. The State Attorney General, the state prosecutor, every significant public office is all ELECTIVE offices. The judges are either democrats or republicans, conservatives or liberals.
The idea of neutrality and passivity has no place in representative democracy. This way, any decision made at any locality represent the SOVEREIGN WILL of the people. See, Kenya’s constitution brought in this American politico-legal jurisprudence.
The very thought that a factotum sitting in Nairobi can reject a request of an MP to make a change in his constituency is not just wrong but also BIZARRE! See, the reason why Grace Kaindi could easily order police officers under her command to shoot to kill protesters in Kisumu in 2007 is because she had NOTHING TO LOSE even if the whole of Kisumu were razed to the ground. Didn’t come from the place. Didn’t know the hopes and the aspirations of the people of the place. Was just there to impose Nairobi’s will. But FIAT is what the 2010 constitution killed. FIAT.
In essence, what MPs were telling Dr. Juma (and others) is that we as a country must start taking SOVEREIGNTY very seriously. It is there in the Preamble to our constitution. Sovereignty is to citizens what Oxygen is to life. Without sovereignty there is no citizenship.