Albert Einstein once said and I quote, â€œYou donâ€™t really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother.â€ When I faulted the current constitution while it was still a draft, Kenyans from every nook and cranny berated me. Political traducers slapped all sorts of oral stones in my face.
Together with the current Deputy President, members of the clergy, political and economic pundits like Shitemi Khamadi and a few wise men of this country like Israel Robert Burale et al, we cautioned Kenyans against voting for this constitution but they wouldnâ€™t listen. Now, we thank God because the stone that the builder refused has become a corner stone.
Unfortunately, the valiant people of Kenya are bearing the brunt of their stubbornness. We warned them that this â€˜rubbishâ€™ they now call a constitution would haunt them some day but they chose to ignore us. Yes, I call it â€˜rubbishâ€™ because it is only worth the paper it is written on. It is now evident that this constitution is sitting on a precipice and no one needs a Solomon to know it. I warned Kenyans that this constitution could give birth to an economy that produces nothing but consumes everything.
I warned Kenyans that this constitution could collapse our economy by having people steal government resources without restraint and nobody could get punished for stealing but they assumed. Instead, they chose to believe lies that were being peddled by the yes team. A clear proof of sabotage lies in the irony that this constitution was bound to create more jobs.
What politicians did not tell us is that the jobs belongs to politicians after realizing that their swelling numbers could not be accommodated by the obsolete constitution.Â¬ Finally, they are agreeing with me after realizing that through the new constitution, they owe civil servants salaries for months. They have discovered that unemployment has worsened. It has dawned on them that their constitution has asphyxiated Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
Politicians have woken to the fact that nobody aims to engage in productive activities anymore. Not even the unemployed desire to labour for honest pay any more. Young people are no longer interested in farming and small-scale businesses given the fact that they can earn jumbo amounts of money by becoming thugs of politicians, by shoplifting chains, by breaking pipelines to siphon fuel and by peddling hard drugs. Others â€“ especially those from Central Kenya â€“ have taken to armed robbery, terrorism and other heinous crimes.
This constitution has made life tougher for ordinary Kenyans. All these are signs of a collapsing economy. Couple these with the activities of terrorism and political hooliganism and you have a failed state. Thanks to this constitution, more than 70 per cent of the nationâ€™s revenues are consumed by useless public servants.
By Comrade Albert Nyakundi Amenya Banana Pedlar