Opposition inspired by disaster to dance at every scene of tragedy

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BY ERIC NG’ENO

With their last press conference, the Opposition has confirmed my worst fears; that many of our leaders do not understand the Constitution. They may claim to have read it – even to read it daily at bedtime- but the understanding they display is worrying.

The Constitution is not the manifesto of make-believe desiderata. It is a real document governing real situations in a real country. One of these realities – an immutable reality of our political and legal order- is devolution. Executive and legislative power has been devolved to 47 counties, together with the resources required to make devolution meaningful to Wanjiku and Ewoi, Kanze and Wafula, Mueni and Otieno.

The Jubilee Alliance has done everything it can with the resources available, to make devolution happen. It has enabled the county governments begin executing all the 14 functions set out in Part 2 of the Fourth Schedule of the Constitution without delay.

Part 1 of that Schedule vests the national government with 35 functions. The President is the Head of State and Government, and exercises the Executive authority of the Republic in accordance with the principle of service to the people of Kenya, and for their well-being and benefit. The President directs and coordinates the functions of ministries and government departments. Because of this immense responsibility, the Constitution mandates the President under Article 132 (4) to establish any office in the public service in accordance with the recommendation of the Public Service Commission.

He has a mandate, and is accountable for that mandate. Towards this end, the President has moved to perfect the Executive by making it rational, effective, professional and accountable within constitutional parameters. Our tragedy as a country is that we have an Opposition which only just over a year ago, were part of Government. Their performance as components of a governing coalition was dodgy at best. To be honest, a number of the problems Kenyans grapple with today are a direct result of their ‘leadership’.

This is the reality that CORD and its fan base wishes to deny. Under the pretext of containing an ‘imperial presidency’ they insist that the presidency and national Executive can only operate in State/Harambee houses, leaving over 562,000 square miles of Kenya unattended, except through the 14 functions of county governments.

National Government means exactly that: Government services throughout the Republic. The President has moved to coordinate government vertically and ensure that all parts of Kenya receive Government services wherever they are, without having to travel to Nairobi. Anyone resisting this wishes to deny Kenyans important government services, effectively disenfranchising all citizens.

The argument by the Opposition is therefore absurd. Are they protecting devolution from Executive encroachment, or are they denying wananchi effective Government service? Taken to its logical extent, the Opposition actually are using devolution as a mere excuse to undermine the national Executive.

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  • Nyakwaragakhan

    This is a misguided opinion in deed. Corruption and tribalism have collectively contributed to the ills that eats the country now. May you advise the president that the 562000 sqmiles has practically been ignored by the presidency. CORD or whoever the opposition is has not appointed the security heads from just one ethnic group hence compromising intelligence. During the Moi regime, it never mattered who was the head of the police or the army, and the intelligent network was very spruced up. The govt is paying a corruption syndicate huge sums of money without any service delivered, you still see the gaps missing at the opposition. Advise the president to stop undermining the devolution and restructure the provincial administration, instead of empowering them like before.

    • james

      CORD IMMIGRATION MINISTERS WERE BRIBED TO BRING IN ILLEGAL REFUGEES FROM SOMALIA- CORD GOVERNORS ARE LEADING IN MOMBASA AND NAIROBI, WHERE INSECURITY IS HIGH, CORD SENATOR IS BEHIND ANGLO LEASING CONTRACT

  • Benson Kilonzo

    i bet you must have been paid to churn out this long and boring piece of incomprehensible none sense. it has not worked, if you must know. and this Jubilee still perpetuates tribalism among other ills currently plaguing the country.

    • Msema

      Mr. Ng’eno does not need to be paid to write this, he is working at the office of the president, that means it is his responsibility to communicate the president’s intentions.
      I agree with you that tribalism is a problem in this country and has penetrated into all of us as demonstrated a forthnight ago by one of our national leaders utterance-Kalonzo Musyoka. But that does not justify the use of it (tribalism) as an excuse to condone evil or to distort the truth. In other words, the point Mr. Ng’eno is putting across, needs to be read without bias.
      It is true that we have county governments with their clearly laid-down mandate, and it is also true that we have the national government with its mandate as well.Any of these governments have a responsibility to deliver services to the common mwananchi. For the county governments, the governor needs the help of the county administrator in order for him/her to be effective, the president on the other needs the help of the county commissioner for him to be effective.
      Any other argument that suggests that the national government is undermining devolution is actually a fallacy that is being advocated in the hope of creating animosity between the national government and the mwananchi.
      Having said this, I also want to call on the president and those in government to be conscious of the fact that Kenya belongs to all of us and no one should feel discriminated against based on their tribe, religion, race or creed. In otherwords, all appointments, utterances, compliments and crticisms should be free from tribalism if we have to move this great country forward.

  • james

    Keep up Eric, this opposition is useless, colourless and clueless. It own senators are the architec behind Anglo leasing, its leaders talk about democracy but they are unable to hold basic elections for leaders since they are happy to serve as unelected dictators with the support of goons or men in black, these are the mediocres that will call a press conference to discuss jubilee performance and start profiling journalist on the basis of their tribes.
    Call it the thearter of the absurd, mediocres, jokers, court jesters

  • George

    Come to reason, Jubilee’s hunchmen never fail in proclaiming medieval reasoning. I supported CORD in condemning the various security initiatives. This government’s misplaced initiatives are just like rocking chair. They’ll keep the country busy but take us nowhere. Is Kenya doomed?

  • Bernard K

    The coherence of this opinion predicated as it is sound on jurisprudence is a testament to the existence of a “thinking core” at the heart of the government. The opposition has a right to criticize and cry wolf but it is for the administration to stay the course and react to its opponents with pieces such as this one! Mistakes in the course of governance are bound to be made but that is not an excuse to cede ground to the opposition.

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