Uphill task for law review experts

By Joseph Kamotho

Handlers of the negotiated Agenda IV  under the chairmanship of the  former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan  in the  aftermath  of election violence  have an uphill task  to overcome  in a society inflicted  with  deep rooted  ethnicity  and related vices. Unfortunately, hard line positions by forgetful and hypocritical  political leaders   and their parties of choice are notable obstacles  to the restoration of  peace  that is  vested  on the  reform agenda  that includes  delivery of a new  constitution.

A parallel document popularly known as the Wako draft was rejected in the referendum. Side shows stood on the way to delivery of the new constitution concluded and sealed in March 2004 at the Bomas of Kenya.  Similar issues have since resurfaced before the Committee of Experts tasked to fine tune parallel drafts before presentation to a referendum.

With  the  so called  contentious issues  reintroduced into the  long awaited draft, the  likelihood of  the document  seeing  the light of day is  remote. And should the document be presented to a referendum, the pre and post election wounds would be re-opened. With the  support of leaders, an idle   group has emerged  that  conditions  the ratification  of the  draft on additional constituencies  in regions with higher  population density and another wants geographical sizes to be  the criteria for determining  electoral and administrative units.

At the  rooftops and in broad daylight, leaders  shout loudly  how Kenyans badly need reforms but in  private the  self same  facilitate   discordant voices against  the  necessary changes  that must come  before  the next general elections to avoid  the recurrence of chaos. The fear of  an earlier polls  could largely be  the reason  for  opposition to  the   timely delivery of the supreme law  that inevitably   has to bear a  new date Already, elected leaders don’t want  to go to the polls under the new law  before their term ends.

The problem in the country is not a bad constitution but ill-mannered political class and malice towards meaningful and genuine desires for change. That is understandable. The political leaders are key beneficiaries of the problematic hybrid system and its inherent ills.

The abolition  of a parliamentary system  and scrapping of the  second chamber  in the original Lancaster House  constitution  for a hybrid was  the  genesis  of governance woes that  have eroded  the public confidence and democratic tenets.

Be it hybrid, parliamentary or presidential system of government  , the Committee must, as a matter of necessity, separate government from state with separate office holders was the case  at independence and in serious democracies.

Until and unless the  three state organs  are independent  and political leadership divorced from the  government  and state, the  new  constitution would be  a  worthless piece  of  paper. For purposes of checks of executive and legislative excesses, a second chamber is a must in the new law.

Party barons who also double up as members of parliament and cabinet ministers are in the habit of favouring their sponsoring parties with public appointments including politicizing the security forces. The same goes for political favours that more often than not go to the clan or the tribe of the chief executive.

The foregoing being the guide, justice cannot be done and be seen to be done and the opposition has to live in fear of retribution. The fate  of the  country  is  in the hands of these  commissions  who  have suddenly  realised that their  mandate in a ceasefire situation  is  a  tall order.

If the experts  are  to leave  a legacy  and match public   expectations, they would  do  Kenyans proudly ignoring  the wishes  of  busy bodies. This time round, the governed expect the best from the people mandated to seek truth, justice, draw boundaries and handle elections.

Utmost  caution must,  therefore, be taken  through  a  careful postmortem  on why a referendum   campaign was explosive, divided  communities and became  a  reference  point  in the  2007   general elections.

(The writer is  a former cabinet minister and national party official of two political  parties)

35 Replies to “Uphill task for law review experts”

  1. Love on top by Beyonce
    Ara by BrymO
    Dami Duro by DavidO

    I love the songs above becuase 1) you can dance to 2) to me these are timeless songs 3) the songs talk to me 

  2. Good Feeling – Flo Rida…I love this song coz the intro of the song is just amazing and always puts me in a dancing mood even if I had such a boring day
    Addicted- Camp Mulla…As much as people might not appreciate local music, when I hear this song I just feel like am listening to the like of new edition back in the day coz the vocals have just been perfected plus the dynamics just make the speakers cranked up and it kinda puts me in a relaxing mood.

    Let me ride- Dr. Dre…Men I can replay this song like forever. The vocals in the song have been blended very well and you can hear the bass, flutes, percussions distinctly and this makes you bump to the groove any time of the day. This song just blows my mind.

  3. I was here- Beyonce                                    ————-> Makes me think of my legacy
    Power of Love/Love Power                            ————-> Reminds me of the power of Love  Lotus Flower Bomb (Ft. Miguel) – Wale         ————-> Sets the standards of how He should treat me  

  4. Beyoncé – Party ft. J. Cole
    Mavado – Settle Down
    P-Unit ft Sauti Sol – Gentleman
    This songs blend nicely n they range from r&b, dancehall to Kenyan music#IkibambaSanaWapiNduruWewe

  5. Beyoncé – Party ft. J. Cole

    Mavado – Settle Down

    P-Unit ft Sauti Sol – Gentleman

    This songs blend nicely n they range from r&b, dancehall to Kenyan music#IkibambaSanaWapiNduruWewe

  6. BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE – CHRIS BROWN; ~ this song just lifta up my spirits and does wonders to my self esteem and morale in general … plus who doesnt love being a beautiful person… 🙂

    YOU MAKE ME FEEL – COBRA STARSHIP FEAT. SABI; the track of this song is just insane makes you wanna get up and dance plus the lyrics compliment it fabulously.

    LOOKIE LOOKIE – STELLA MWANGI ~ clearly there is a trend here its all about confidence and that little umph in your attitude plus this song gives my play list the perfect belend between local and the international that resonates well with me

    now can i have those earphones to take my listening experience to the next level please… 

  7. 1. Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa – Young, Wild and Free ft. Bruno Mars

    2. Rihanna – Cheers (Drink To That)

    3. T.I. – Live Your Life Feat. Rihanna

    this songs simply explain who i am. they make me feel at ease and gets me in the wright mood be it morning, Monday, mid month… its just what i need to be me!!!

  8. Fugees – Fu-gee-la……………ol’skool.
    M.O.P, Busta Rhymes……….lost skool.
    Dr.Dre,Snoop,Akon……………new skool

    AudioHeaven right thurr…..

  9. 1.Ita waiter by Madtraxx
    2.Set Fire To The Rain by Adelle
    3.Lento by Professor ft Speedy

  10. 1. Fally Ipupa – Sexy Dance

    2. Gelly & AT feat Ray C – Mama Ntilie

    3. Lil Wayne – How To Love

    a liltle bit of everything lifts my spirits up! and this is how i choose to do it, works all the time!!!!

  11. Don Omar -danza kuduro
    Tinie Tempah ft Kelly-Invincible
    Lilwayne ,yungmoney crew-I made it
    these songs just make me fill awesome evryday of the week they make me who i am as they lift my spirits and inspire me to greater heights!

  12. 1. Coldplay – Paradise.        —–           When ma spirits are down, this will do it for me.

    2. Rihanna – Cheers (Drink To That)  —- For that Good Weekend feeling.

    3. P-Unit ft Sauti Sol – Gentleman —–   This ma favorite local jam, to ease and tone me down after a long    tiring day.


    2.P-Unit ft Sauti Sol – Gentleman


    I  like the songs of the different genre since they make my day.when i feel low they brigthen me up..

  14. 1.Redman-Lets get dirty
    2.Lupe Fiasco-show goes on
    3.Young joc-its going down

    these tracks get me jumping!they lift up my mood,now mattwer how mad i am! the redmann gets me back many years when we used to watch music on m.c.m after school.it hasnt lost its glitter in ma head!

  15. 1.G.R.I.N.D (Get Ready Its a New Day) by Asher Roth.- Everymorning when I wake up I have 2 listen to this song, especially those days U just wonder if lyf is really worth the hustle, it just lifts me up & gives me motivation to face a new day.

    2. UJINGA NI? by Babu Gee – This song combines some really hilarious mchongoano and nomata what type of day Im havin, it makes me laugh nomata how many times I listen to it.

    3. LANDLORD by Mejja – This song just reminds me of my former landlord who would knock at every door in the estate on the 1st of every month very early in the morning askin 4 rent then 3 days later u come home to find that Nairobi Water Company has disconnected coz the landlord hasnt paid the water bill. I just laugh when I hear that song coz I nolonger pay rent & my landlord problems are over.

  16. 1. CAN’T TELL ME NOTHING by Kanye West – Evrytime Im sitted thinkin about how much Ive struggled, all those student loans, those exams, this song just gets me really uplifted because I know when I make it Im gon be driving a Hummer & at that moment I will be my own boss & no one will be there to tell me anything.

    2. ROCKSTAR by Nickelback – Everytime I hear this song even when Im in the office I just turn whatever Im holding into an imaginary guitar & I just imagine myself being a Rockstar living the type of life that Nickleback talks about in this song. 🙂

    3. I FEEL GOOD by James Brown – I call this song my feel good song coz it doesnt matter what Im doin, even if Im moppin the house, in my mind the mop automatically turns into a microphone & I just 4get everything else & the good feelin kicks in & I get to dancin mode.

  17. 1. Dermaco- True Friend. This song is very important to me because it’s very important to have true friends but always watch-out for fr-enemies who act as if they are your friends but they are really back stabbers.
    2. Chris Martin- Betta Dem. You can’t please everybody but if you want to please somebody just please yourself always please yourself. Need i say more???
    3.Chris Brown-Beautiful People. It’s a song that encourages me to keep my head high and discover the beauty inside me. Always know that you are Beautifully and wonderfully created by God.

  18. 1.Missing you – Busy Signal – gotta listen to this jam makes me think of her always and every day
    2.Lets go – Beenieman(overproof riddim) – this song gets just brings backs tha good memories you knu summer feeling
    3.Cheers – Rihanna – after a long day—what can i say Cheers to that>this song gives you that feel good factor that  Fanta gives you

  19. hustlin by rick ross-no matter the job u doing,this song always lifts me up in every hustle i do
    got urself a gun by nas-i love this song,brings out the g out of me
    still dre by dr dre-the beats that one can freestyle to no mattre what you saying

  20. Old school courting was fun I guess and not the kind we have now that is so one sided   and based on material things…makes people to be too cheap!!!

  21. Old school is the best way the rest comes with baggage’s n hurt n loads of disappointments no matter what

  22. im not stuck up in the past when i decide old school is the new new school,i just happen to have# standards,period!

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