After new law, we must get down to business

There is an aura of excitement across the Kenyan socio-political landscape that the long-search for a new Constitution is gradually coming to a close.

I made it clear that I sit on the greener side of this stratum and want to take the debate further. 

After the enactment of a new Constitution, then what?  Will we have solved all of Kenya’s problems?  I think not.

This will just mark the beginning of a long journey to empowering our people and ensuring economic prosperity for all.

How are we going to use the new laws to ensure equity for all?

The Constitution will give us a fresh impetus but a lot more will need to be done.  We need better planning in government and prudent utilisation of State resources so that we do not encounter a situation like we are, where the government now has to buy bad maize from its people.

Why didn’t those in authority open the National Cereals and Produce Board stores in time to purchase the maize from farmers so that it would be stored in a proper environment?
We are going to spend a staggering Sh2.3 billion to buy toxic maize.  What a waste!

The government must plug the influx of sub-standard goods into the Kenyan market to protect genuine local industries.

Waste in government must be stopped.  I am reliably told that the withdrawal of 2000cc cars from use by Ministers has had little impact on government spending. 

It is prudent for the Ministry of Finance to make public how much is spent on running and maintaining high-end cars in public offices for the public to gauge the effectiveness of the cost cutting measures.

We need transparency in government purchases. Everything must be laid out bare in the public domain and published on a website for instance.  Where is the list of 2000cc-plus government vehicles that are being auctioned and their cost for a start?

We are creating strong institutions to provide an oversight role on the Executive under the proposed Constitution and I hope they will play their due role.

We must ensure that the public is not exploited and good governance takes its rightful place in government circles.

But more importantly, the drive for a new Constitution cannot be de-linked from the economic blueprint Vision 2030.

This should become the next most important document for Kenya after the Constitution.

If we can dutifully utilise this document and get yearly status reports from the government on its implementation, then we will be headed in the right direction.

We need to see a country where majority of Kenyans live on more than a dollar a day.

I hope this is the meaning of a new Constitution.

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