8 March 2014

Kenya: Why Are the Three Arms of Govt in Conflict?

Lately, the executive, the two houses of Parliament, and the Judiciary have been pulling in different directions. Though I'm no law expert, something seems to be seriously amiss. We are in a kind of a tower of Babel, where everyone seems to be saying something, but all it leads to is a circus.

Obviously, like everyone else, I agree that governors should be held accountable. But by whom exactly? You can bet that the senators' real motivation to put governors on check is not because they have found some new patriotism and love for the country.

It is simply that they have found a way to put the governors to their place. The senators have found a way to remain relevant, even as not too long ago, everybody was questioning the role of the Senate.

And you could get a feel of this when the Machakos Senator, Johnstone Muthama, with a hearty laugh, said that some of the copies on impeachment should be distributed to Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua to prepare him for what lies ahead.

Obviously, some governors have misused funds. Some have taken to unnecessary trips abroad. Others have treated their counties as an extension of their personal fiefdoms.

And I would agree that such governors need to be reigned in, but in a fair and transparent process, and not the political shouting match that the senators and MPs have lately taken to.

Senators and MPs know that the counties are where the real meat is, and want a chance to share in the looting, which they are currently not able to do.

Though a few MPs and senators would want to follow the law, the vast majority are approaching this whole debate with some vendetta to pick with the governors. Currently, operations in Embu county are almost at standstill.

Other governors are fearful and they now have to oil the hands of the MCAs, or else, they could be hounded out of office. This is the time that the President needs to hold a consultative forum to ensure Parliament, the Executive, the Judiciary, and the county governments pull together, rather than apart. Otherwise, this whole charade will have only one result; poor delivery of services to Wanjiku.

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