There is mischief in this civic education fiasco

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I read ulterior motives in the way civic education on the proposed Constitution is (not) being rolled out.

For avoidance of doubt, the civic education programme was supposed to have commenced on May 7 and end on June 5 – which is 12 days away!

Have any of you out there encountered anyone conducting civic education?  (I would like to know where it’s taking place so I can attend a session at my nearest social hall).

The only tutoring on the proposed Constitution I can see taking place is in form of campaign rallies by the Yes and No rivals.  Both sides have deep-seated interests and they will only give us their side of the story.  The role of civic education cannot be gainsaid.

Another cause for alarm is the (un)availability of hard copies of the proposed Constitution as promised. 

The document was uploaded on www.capitalfm.co.ke minutes after the Attorney General released it, but the government’s responsibility went beyond making it public.  President Kibaki pledged that the government would print five million copies for distribution to Kenyans. Just how many have they produced so far?

Since the error at the government printer was detected, Mr Amos Wako has been MIA.

Was there talk of producing drafts in Kiswahili?  If the ones in English are unavailable, will the Kiswahili version ever be printed?  We will have little use for them after the referendum.

Why has there been back-and forth between the Treasury and the Ministry of Justice over funds to conduct civic education?  Why has the Committee of Experts not been readily given the resources it needs to conduct civic education?

Is everyone involved in this process being forthright with Kenyans?  Is the CoE content with the way it has been empowered to carry out this legal duty?

Do I sense a level of frustration by the technocrats at the CoE as a result of selfish interests by the political class?  You see, the problem is that we have ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ men in the government and you never know whose interests one may be serving.  How else do you explain the insertion of the words “national security” in the clause on Bill of Rights?

Is the mafia also frustrating the civic education campaign?

I recall Moi saying Kanu iko na wenyewe.  So, Kenya pia iko na wenyewe, ama?

Can the CoE come clean and tell us if all is well?  We are anxious to get educated…  They need to make some headway – at least as we wait for the new drama following Monday’s ruling on Kadhis Courts to unfold.

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  • Andy Jacobsen

    I hear you on this one. Even though I’m not Kenyan, I share in the frustration of your generation. It is a pity that politics can stand in the way of youthful people ascending into high office. I have advice for you and Mr Miller. It’s now NEVER. If he let’s this one go, we get stuck in the same rut. Please insist on this one. PLEASE. You will do many of your generation a huge favour. It is time to rid this country of political patronage.

  • Young Turk

    Miller should not give it up that easy. He and those who are pushing for his appointment should fight it out to the very end. For how long will we just give way for the Kaparo’s,Raila’s and the rest of the wazees. They should go home and look after cattle as Energy Minister Kiraitu Murungi once advised former President Moi.

  • Amina Hassan

    Fight to the bitter end Mr Miller. Kenya needs fresh impetus. Do not fail us on this one!

  • Mutua Ndunda

    I get your point Michael. The youth in this country need to go back to the drawing board. We have been beaten on this one but there is a chance to make a difference. Lets get more young people in Parliament. That way, there will be no wazees to fight nominations like that of Mr Miller. Are you prepared to take up the mantle Michael and Co?

  • A.T

    He should let it go. He can fight another day. This is because by the time politicians are through with him, he wont have a name. and as a lawyer, he needs his name to attract clients.

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