By Justus Atuti
On behalf of the Kenyan Community residing in Minnesota in the United States of America, I want to thank you for the endless efforts that CORD/OKOA KENYA has put up in the quest for finding a lasting solution to the people of Kenya who have been fatigued by a poor and careless leadership 50 years down independence. Finally through your endless and fearless effort, a referendum is here with us where KENYANS are once again going to be given an opportunity to decide on the crucial issues affecting them.
To say the least, Kenya’s problems are many and are increasing by the day. All the problems can be downsized to two issues; The Jubilee administration and The Mutilation of Chapter 6 of our constitution on Integrity.
After August 2010, we the people sat at one point admiring the independence of the institutions we created through the new constitution, meant to enhance transparency, accountability, efficiency and a timely delivery of services to our people. At that point, we thought that, finally, justice would be our shield and defender as per our nationalism as enshrined in our national anthem. We finally thought that the emblem of our two strong lions will finally be lions enough to deliver services to the people who had been fatigued by years of misrule. We thought that finally Kenyans will find justice from our judiciary, the justice that always went to the highest bidder in the corridors of power. We thought we had created a competent independent judicial system. We thought we had created competent commission services to enhance delivery to our people. We thought we had created competent independent institutions free of power brokerage. We were wrong.
Institutions without the right people in place will be a waste of time and resources. The Judiciary was compromised to mess chapter 6 of our constitution. They mutilated Chapter 6 giving it a dishonest interpretation. This was a plan to give a leeway to render power to an illicit cartel that has thrown us once again back to where we started from. Money exchanged hands to deliver power to hyenas. IEBC was compromised against our expectations as a people.What are our expectations as a people?
Jubilee is the root of all evils in our midst today, and avoiding to discuss the subject will not be honest of us. Amending our constitution, removing IEBC, etc with Jubilee in power will be a waste of time. With time, we will go back the same way. Will we be forced to call for another referendum?
A flashback to the amendment of sec 2 A of our former constitution. We all fought to ensure section 2 A was repealed to give a leeway to multiparty democracy. We thought it was the beginning of a great journey to the promised land. We were wrong. The same hyenas were on the throne and the journey that started in the 1990s has been this long to date, marked with treachery and pride from our oppressors. Oppression has been on the rise and today, Kenyans are more oppressed like never before in our history as a nation.
This is why the referendum must address this root once and for all. Addressing IEBC and the constitution is a welcome move. But this is only addressing the branches, the leaves, the flowers and the fruits of a tormenting, poisonous tree. We may shed all the leaves and cut all the fruits and the branches and burn them in a bonefire.. But as long as the tree stands with its roots intact, at some season the branches, leaves, flowers and fruits will make their way back to the tree, and the problem will begin afresh, maybe more health and strong this time round.
If really this referendum is about the people of Kenya, if really it is all about removing the bad tree in our midst so our journey to the promised land will continue, then we must address the roots of this bad tree. Jubilee is our problem as a nation. It is the bad tree that has led to the birth of bad branches, bad leaves, bad flowers and bad fruits that we are addressing. The referendum must be about me and many KENYANS residing in Minnesota and many parts of the United States and the many Kenyans in the diaspora who have been the recipients of a bad governance. The referendum has to do with the many millions of KENYANS on the grassroots, agitating for a meaningful change, a meaningful devolution, to bring services to the ground, closer to them, rather than the greed exercised by the hyenas in leadership, the lions who have turned to be wolves and hyenas. Jubilee, as it stands is agains the economic, social and political empowerment of our people. This is fortunate in the 21st
century, in a competitive global village.
The referendum must be about Jubilee and chapter 6 of our constitution on integrity. KENYANS must be given a chance to vote if they want to continue to be subdued by Jubilee till 2017. Jubilee being the root of all evils in our nation today, it will be a lie to pretend not to see or feel the mood on the ground. The people, Kenyans of all walks of life, both within and without, need Jubilee out of power by yesterday. This is why the referendum must give us the power to decide the Jubilee fate.
Chapter 6 of our constitution has been mutilated and given birth to wrong leadership as it was never intended to be. What is the purpose of chapter 6 if it can’t be correctly interpreted for the benefit of the people of Kenya, the owners of the constitution? The judiciary failed us as a nation through a wrongful interpretation of the same chapter. KENYANS through the referendum must be given an opportunity to reinforce this chapter and speak about it once more, louder and clearer this time round. KENYANS must be given an opportunity to punish those who intentionally and erroneously misinterpreted this chapter to give us rulers for leaders, against our intention.
This is our voice as the people residing in Minnesota. This is the voice of many voiceless Kenyans on the ground who are counting losses from this magnitude of misrule. This is the voice of reason. The referendum conveners will have to listen to us on this one. The exclusion of these two crucial issues in the referendum will be unfair to the fatigued Kenyans. We hope we won’t be let down.
To the CORD fraternity and the pannel entrusted with the duty of ensuring the referendum becomes a success. To the OKOA KENYA fraternity. To all the people who are tirelessly seeking for a just Society. To Raila Odinga who has tirelessly fought for our nation selflessly. To Stehphen Kalonzo Musyoka. To Moses Wetangula and all those fighting tirelessly to redeem the image of our nation. Thank you. Please do not set aside our wishes as a nation. Together we soldier on.
To those involved in tribalism, pride, arrogance, corruption, nepotism, etc. impoverishing our people, SHAME ON YOU