By Justus Atuti
Whether a referendum or not is no longer a debate. It is agreeable. KENYANS are ready for a referendum. Duale calls the support for a referendum as support for Raila. It doesn’t really matter. Ababu Namwamba rubbishes it. William Ruto and Uhuru Kenyatta are burning the oil day and night to make the call for a referendum appear evil, untimely unnecessary and a wastage of the meager resources. As far as I know, the referendum is unstopable.
The big question. What are the best issues to be debated on, constructed and brought forth to the public for debate and voting? What debate will favor Kenyans who are the recipients of a one sided administration? What questions will bring the Kenyan out of the quagmire he has been in , over 50 years down the road of independence? Will it be about the greed of politicians, the same reason why we find ourselves where we are today?
Duale and Kamau Kuria have realized this support for Raila Odinga for a referendum is unstopable. They have toned down and reduced it to a contest of greed and self seeking. They are now supporting Raila Odinga. Did I hear Duale threatening senators that any support for a referendum is support for Raila Odinga? So they have decided to support Raila Odinga?
Will a call for the age limit as greedily proposed by TNA favor Kenyans? Limiting the age for a presidential contender will remain to be perceived as an extended war against one man Raila Odinga, to ensure he doesn’t qualify to be president in 2017 as he will have exceeded the 65 years mark. What about after Raila Odinga? What has age to do with wisdom? What was the age of Nelson Mandela when he became president of South Africa? Then if really age is an issue, the Kenyan retirement age for a public officer is 55 years. Nobody above 55 should vie for the presidency, and any president who finds himself in the office at 55 should retire immediately, that’s, if age is really an issue within the jubilee circles.
This is mere NONESENSE that Jubilee is trying to bring on board. This is an indicator as to how Jubilee has no clue on the issues affecting Kenyans. This is a clear indication as to how Jubilee is taking Kenyans for a ride, for granted, for fun, just for voter machines.
KENYANS are not voter machines to be set aside after every voting exercise. Every vote must be a vote of reason. The age limit as proposed by Jubilee is insultative and a clear indication of a leadership, clueless as to where they are leading their flock towards.
As I once said, and I want to say it here, a referendum without the Jubilee Administration and the misuse of chapter 6 of our constitution will be a weak referendum.
Jubilee has failed in its mandated duty of administering Kenyans in regard to the constitution. Chapter 6 has been abused to give KENYANS rulers who can’t by any means pass the test of any integrity. We need a reinforcement of chapter 6. We need a tough punishment for all those who mutilated chapter 6, those who misinterpreted it to fit their cronies, those who misused the chapter to give the likes of William Ruto, Uhuru Kenyatta and the latest Kamau Kuria, a clean bill of landing to vie for a public office. KENYANS must be led by men and women, disciplined enough to take us to the next level. KENYANS must be given reasons why the Charles Nyachae led CIC did not deliver, but was reduced into a political tool. KENYANS must be told why the Kavulundu led POlice Service Commission did not deliver and why some rules were changed to favor the rulers of the day. This is indiscipline at its best.
While Jubilee remains in office, legally or illegally, the truth remains that Kenyans have been reduced to mere tax paying machines. Nothing has been delivered so far. The 100 days promises have never been delivered and we will not be fooled as a nation to wait to vote after 5 years in 2017, where a new bag of lies has been put in place to lure us into voting again. We need to hold into account the Jubilee Administration of the delivery of pledges. 100 days are over and we need to gauge them. If they didn’t deliver on the simple pledges, then they don’t have the ability to deliver on anything, the reason why Kenya is not moving forward. We need to decide their fate in the referendum.
How many more times shall Kenyans be taken for a ride? How many more times shall our elected leaders change into wolves and hyenas and the man eaters of tsavo, against their electorate? We elect leaders who, instead of concentrating on the delivery of pledges, are busy demanding 2 full terms each, fighting Raila Odinga day and night? I thought Raila Odinga is a Kenyan like everybody else in our nation, also waiting for a delivery of pledges Jubilee made? What an insult in a democracy like ours?
To the conveners of the referendum call, a failure to address Jubilee’s failure in the delivery of pledges made during campaigns and a failure to address chapter 6 of the constitution will not go down well with us, the voters. Anything without this will be perceived as the same selfish demands by politicians who are not putting the wishes of KENYANS ahead of theirs.
We wish you luck in addressing the future of our great nation.