The Star (Nairobi)

30 January 2013

Kenya: A Kenyan Manifesto Is What Is Needed

opinion

This is the manifesto of the political party we want : "Now therefore the party commits that its decisions and political actions are, and shall remain, governed by its ideals, principles and beliefs that:

The unity of Kenya and its peoples is paramount and the firmest guarantee of the well-being of every Kenyan. This party denounces and categorically rejects political activity and political parties based upon ethnicity, regional origin or the division of our peoples. The party rejects ethnic hegemony by any group or groups.

Every Kenyan is a part of the nation and its rightful beneficiary. Our diverse peoples in unity are cords of unassailable strength. The unity of Kenya is the bedrock of all our national activity, the spring of our prosperity, the source of our creativity, and the test of our political actors and actions.

All Kenyans are equal parts of Kenya, equal in dignity, in the right to resources and to opportunity. The party's urgent task is to ensure a national democratic transformation away from the destruction, sectionalism and inequities of the past.

The party is and shall remain a political party committed to social justice. Social justice, fairness, equity, tolerance and lawfulness are the historical demands and struggles of the Kenyan people, and the stated aims of our Constitution.

Government reflecting all the peoples of Kenya, and excluding none, is a historical demand of the Kenyan people. The party is a party conscious of Kenya's noble history and greatness and its true traditions of national struggle for its ideals.

These ideals have persisted against governments of betrayal, corruption and murder. Government is a covenant that there shall always be increasing convergence between the promises of the Constitution of Kenya and the circumstances of every Kenyan's life.

The purpose of Government is to ensure that liberty, nutrition, shelter, education and the Rule of Law shall be adequately and increasingly the possessions of all Kenyans.

The priority of Government is first to ensure Food and Knowledge to every Kenyan. It is an old African political manifesto, of the Pharaohs. Education shall be the foundation of Kenya's future, ever improving and deeper.

Technological knowledge and resources are for the widest possible use by all Kenyans in every single part of Kenya. Attack on deprivation is and always will be the priority of the party's Government and vigilance against poverty and injustice shall always be a constant.

The party will be and remain real. For only words and actions that have a basis in truth and possibility have reality to those in long difficulty.

To a people there, change is only change if something has moved from the intent of words to the tangibility of altered circumstance. We must be ready to face the criticism born of cynicism, spoken and unspoken, with decisive restorative action.

The task of government approached correctly and with the affirmation of our people, will not only make the party a strong force within the country but also make Kenya a strong force for social justice within the region and on the Continent, pushing back the ever-alluring masks of fascism and oppression.

The party and its officers and members have loyalty to ideas and not individuals or ethnic group or region or ethnic hegemony. Government is on the basis that all its peoples are an integral part of the nation and its decisions, remembering always that our different counties are mutually interdependent in ensuring our national survival and advancement."

So then should Kenyans join this party? The party would say, do not join us. Instead, when it comes to implement change, let it already find your ready hands working. When it comes out in peaceable action, let it already find you there. When it comes to elections, let it find you already there as candidate or voter for that change. It will be there. Meet it there.

Forthen you will emulate another great Kenyan, Councillor David Mbewa Ndede. When he was asked about his long collaboration with, and how he had joined Jaramogi in the efforts for an independent, and then democratic, Kenya, he said, "I did not join Jaramogi. We met in the struggle."

Such a party therefore does not ask Kenyans to follow it. It says, let us instead meet in the efforts ahead of us, more and more Kenyans meeting together for that real change into a democratic and socially just Kenya which is the vision of the overwhelming majority of Kenyans.

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