MPs must stay focussed on new law

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Now that Parliament has reconvened, I am hopeful that lawmakers will be able to pass the necessary Bills required for implementation of the Constitution and make the relevant changes.

I am optimistic that this debacle with the International Criminal Court will not deter the Minister for Justice from pursuing his previously stated goals.  More importantly, I hope that Parliamentarians will not use that minor setback to discredit him or use it to scuttle our progress and desire for change.

But I also wonder; how ready is the public to embrace these changes? 

Often when a life-changing event happens, in this case the reorganisation of political structures in the country, people often find themselves resisting the implementation. 

For example, whereas the majority of us voted to change the Constitution, you find that there has already been misunderstanding regarding both the Provincial Administration and the judicial system.

 How can we be expected to review these crucial structures, and many more to come, when we cannot seem to agree on the interpretation of the law?

But I also read mischief.  Could it be that powerful elements opposed to change are playing us like fiddlesticks?  That they fully understand the implications of the proposed changes and place their livelihoods first at the expense of the country? 

Let it be clear to us all; that no matter how much resistance we yield, the changes will inevitably occur.  New structures must be established and will inevitably take the place of old ones.  As the saying goes, you cannot put new wine into old wineskins.

In my opinion, what is required at this point is more of management than leadership.

According to Peter Drucker, a famous management guru, “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.”   We are now in the stage of implementation that requires us to look critically at the details of all these Bills. 

For example, there are a number of commissions that will be set up to aid the implementation of the Constitution.  Are we in civil society and private sector paying particular attention to the people being nominated for these positions?  More importantly, are we taking the time to nominate candidates who are suitable for leadership?

Let us not wait for another TJRC situation; where we refuse to pay particular attention to the nomination process and end up crying foul much later. 

I opine that the best way to ensure proper implementation of the Constitution is by full involvement of the citizenry in the process.

Our current leaders, if they are to be authentic, need to get Kenyans involved in this change process from the onset.  It is well known that when people take ownership of a process, the will usually feel more vested than those on the sidelines.  In this case, we want to ensure that ‘Wanjiku’ is properly represented. 

Furthermore, any citizen who is able to yield influence at their own levels, whether county, constituency or nationally should get involved for the sake of our future.  Do not watch from the sidelines as things go wrong.  Approach your local representatives and convince them and us why we need to pay particular attention to some things. 

Managers connect with their people, and motivate them.  This is what is needed of all of us.  Let us think of this process in the same way we would run a company.  If we iron out the small issues, the bigger picture will fall into place much more easily.

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