By Comrade Albert Nyakundi Amenya â€“ The Banana Pedlar
According to the 2014 Failed States Index, Kenya is ranked position 14 after Nigeria. Thanks to our political corruptionists who we defend with our lives when summoned to take personal responsibility. Important to know, the Parliament of Kenya is the idlest legislative organ in the world. It is no longer news that instigated impeachment gale keeps on sweeping across opposition Counties in Kenya.
What is news is that our National Assembly led by the Mount Kenya Mafia, has decided to overlook the avalanche of impeachable offences committed by the chief instigator of the impeachments, President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The Parliament of Kenya, as a legislative arm of the government, must desist from genuflecting before the executive regardless of the tyranny of members being from the government. The legislature, by its sheer population, presupposes that its members are harbingers or reason, wisdom, logic and rationality.
Therefore, they must desist from becoming pawns in the hands of the executive. Nevertheless, its refusal to activate its oversight roles has bred monumental corruption and tyranny in the presidency. The President feels all-powerful. He is presently deploying his powers inordinately to frustrate progressive politicians at will.
When Koffi Annan handed over the envelope to Ocampo, the suspects pretentiously forged a disserving coalition between their two communities/tribes (Kalenjin and Kikuyu). During that time, Kenyans had a feeling that the two individuals could be relied upon to defend their hard earned-democracy. Conversely, the events that have since defined their character have left them pondering a barrage of unanswered questions.
Nobody should entertain any illusion. As it stands today, the National Assembly of Kenya is only being tolerated rather than being respected by the executive and the judiciary as a necessary evil. It is like, â€œlet them have their say, we (the judiciary and executive) will have our wayâ€ One wonders why the Jubilee legislatures should asphyxiate themselves by proposing to bury many illegalities emanating from the CORD legislatures.
Where are the checks and balances as envisaged in the principle of separation of powers? If the National Assembly of Kenya has become a sell-out, then, we can say bye-bye to freedom of the people because they are the grassroots. We can as well repeal article 1of our constitution just like Moi did to section 2(a) of the obsolete constitution.
Collectively, the National Assembly is supposed to hold the government accountable to the people far above far above what a million non-governmental organizations can do. Their failure is the cause of our stagnated development.
Following the overprotection by the loyal apparatchiks especially Aden Duale & co, the President is today deploying excessive powers to annihilate the opposition. He has committed countless impeachable offences which the National assembly has resolved to turn a blind eye to. On his way from The Hague, the President slapped a man who tried to reach out on him.
No one has come out to condemn that. ‘Governmentally’, that was uncalled for, constitutionally, that was an impeachable offence. The Senate has chosen to sweep the Presidentâ€™s impeachable offences under the carpet, what a shame! What a waste!
The Kenyan National Assembly has, just like Esau, sold its democratic rights to the Presidency. If it was upon me to decide, most of those over-indulging the president would never be allowed to find their way into the hallowed chambers in the next polls. They have ripped Kenyans off by abandoning their sacred duty as mandated in article 1 sub article 2 of our constitution, to hold the government accountable to the people. They are today after filthy lucre. Those who have failed deserve no chance to be re-elected. Their place let another take.
The National Assembly must not soil the temple of justice. Judgments influenced by cash or political considerations will ultimately blight our democracy and doom our nation. This will not be in the interest of all Kenyans. The judiciary must stop colluding with the executive to thwart the will of the people. They must know that in their judgments, they judge themselves. Just like they say hips donâ€™t lie, such judgments donâ€™t lie.
Finally, the National Assembly as the bastion of our constitutional democracy cannot afford to stifle the maturation of our democracy on the altar of their personal interest. Our lawmakers are yet to regenerate themselves. They are still awash with pedestrian and parochial interests. Much as nothing is wrong with probing an erring public officer, probes with the intent to impeach should not be instigated from outside. It should emanate from a constitutional process of lawmakers being sober to their responsibilities.
If our democracy fails, most of our lawmakers who have colluded with the executive both at the state and national level to rob Kenyans should be held to account. One such of such collusions is their refusal to sponsor impeachment notice against Kenyatta for gross misconduct. I REST MY CASE