The phrase we the people emanates from the Constitution of Kenya. To be specific enough the preamble of the Constitution. The preamble of the Constitution of Kenya states that: We, the people of Kenya acknowledging the supremacy of the Almighty God of all creation: honouring who heroically struggled to bring freedom and justice to our land; proud of our ethnic, cultural and religious diversity and determined to live in peace and unity as one indivisible sovereign nation; respectful of the environment, which is our heritage and determined to sustain it for the benefit of future generations; committed to nurturing the wellbeing of the individual, the family.
Communities and the nation; recognizing the aspirations of all Kenyans for a government based on the essential values of human rights, equality, freedom, democracy, social justice and the rule of law; exercising our sovereign and inalienable right to determine the form of governance of our country and having participated fully in the making of this Constitution; adopt, enact and give this Constitution to ourselves and to our future generations.
Importantly, the Preamble declares who is enacting this Constitution-the person of ‘Kenya.’ The document is the collective enactment of all Kenyan citizens. The Constitution is owned (so to speak) by the people, not by the government or any branch thereof.
We the people are the stewards of the Kenyan Constitution and remain ultimately responsible for its continued existence and its faithful interpretation. Article 1 of the Constitution espouses more on the sovereignty of the people.
It states categorically, all sovereign power belongs to the people of Kenya and shall be exercised only in accordance with the Constitution of Kenya.
The people can exercise their sovereign power either directly or through their democratically elected representatives. The sovereign power in the Constitution is delegated to the various state organs who are to perform their functions in accordance with the Constitution.
Of importance to this article is the import of Article 38. Article 38 of the Constitution vouchsafes political rights. It states that every citizen is free to make the political choice which includes the right to form, or participate in forming a political party; to participate in the activities of, or recruit members for, a political party; to campaign for a political party or cause. Moreover, every citizen has the right to free, fair and regular elections based on universal suffrage and the free expression of the will of electors for any elective public body. Every adult citizen has as well the right without unreasonable restrictions to be a registered voter; to vote by secret ballot in any election or referendum. That is purely what the law states. So where did Kenyans go wrong thus they became stupid?
Kenyans have been granted that after each and every five years they elect their leaders from the Member of County Assembly, Member of Parliament, Senator, Women Representatives, and Governors to the President. That is guaranteed definitely no doubt about that.
The only problem comes with how Kenyans elect their leaders. Let me perhaps give you a snippet of the latest statistics of the Jubilee regime. Over 50% of Kenyans are in poverty.
I do wonder whether this is the same government that was elected by a majority of Kenyans. What a pity! Whoever voted for this regime did a disservice to us. We are suffering due to mistakes that we were not a party to it coming up.
The President that is Uhuru Kenyatta has been coming up with policies that make the citizens poor over time and make them have unbearable living conditions. Yes, there have been numerous road projects that have been initiated by President Uhuru Kenyatta that kudos to him.
Sorry to say that those projects are irrelevant and useless to the common man. If the issue in Nairobi is road congestion the best thing is to make plans for the various government offices and parastatals to be situated in different towns to make people inhabit other towns.
In South Africa for example each of the various arms of the government is situated in different towns or cities for that matter.
President Uhuru Kenyatta is on record stating that in his government (as he likes to put it) over two billion is lost daily. For those who attended all mathematics lessons and got good grades that can make ancestors smoke in their graves, kindly calculate how much money that is lost in a year courtesy of embezzlement of public funds and corruption?
A good example, the Auditor General in 2020 revealed that Kenyans lost 2.3 billion shillings in the Covid 19 items procurement scandal at Kenya Medical Supplies Agency. In an explosive report that was presented to the Senate, the Auditor General indicted the management of Kemsa for violating various laws leading to the loss of public money.
The report also revealed fraud in procurement and collusion between Kemsa bosses and the companies that were awarded multi-billion shilling contracts.
Guess what about to date no one has been prosecuted over the scandal. This is a perfect case study of others being of a higher class and close to the power that are they untouchables. Am I disappointed? Perhaps not I have lived in Kenya as expected.
Members of Parliament by this I mean both houses of Parliament; the senate and national assembly. They have been of no value to Kenyans. According to the supreme law of the land, the two houses are meant to have certain functions. The three major roles namely: representation, oversight and lastly legislation.
These folks are the ones who are to make laws that govern the country. How far have they done so? When I start embarking on this perhaps I will get high blood pressure. Let me tread softly. One person did tweet something profound: ‘I have nothing against the Speaker of the National Assembly BUT as a Speaker, he failed Kenyans.
He presided over the most corrupt, most greedy, most incompetent, most repugnant Parliament in our History as Kenya.’ This he said in reference to National Assembly Speaker Honourable Justin Muturi who has stated that he is vying for the presidency.
Members of Parliament are on record to have increased taxes that have been an impediment for the local industries and Kenyans in general. I almost ask myself are they serving the interests of the people or they are after their own interests?
Kiharu Member of Parliament Ndindi Nyoro revealed at times Members of the National Assembly are bribed so as to pass bills that are anti-we the people.
They then blame the Executive after the act has come into force. Kenyan legislators seem to have been taken through a crash course in pretending even when all is against you. Whatever they do is a mockery of our intelligence. That is just one example I need not illustrate further.
From all these examples it is evident that the incumbent leadership in Kenya is a perfect mess and it seems we are waiting for Jesus to redeem us yet Jesus doesn’t have a voters cards. It is us ‘we the people who elected crooks into the office and expect them to perform as angels.
What a stupid way of thinking? Have not suffered enough for the ills we made in the 2017 elections? Do we still want to make the same mistakes? Have we had a Paul way to Damascus moment or we are still marvelling and weeping at the status quo? Think ooh my fellow Kenyans. All is not well with us. We need a people-centred leadership that values us and strives to make all policies pro-people.
Unfortunately, we will still end up voting for our tribal chiefs and then wail later on after what we have done is beyond salvage. Honestly speaking and being unapologetic enough Kenyans made the greatest mistake of electing the Jubilee government under the leadership of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President Doctor William Samoei Ruto. They have caused us enough pain.
In the 2017 elections, the ignorance and perhaps stupidity of Kenyan voters was witnessed not only in electing the wrong people for the Presidency but also in other positions.
There are several governors who have served since 2017 and there is nothing tangible for them to show off their five years. Regardless their wealth has increased courtesy of corruption and being that they are politically correct they can’t be punished. Kenyans elected bad leaders no wonder the name corruption dwells among us yet better and good governance is what should dwell among us.
Being a Kenyan sometimes is just a BIG PUNISHMENT. Is there a joy of being a Kenyan? Last I checked no is the answer to that question. The bad news is all we are exposed to by the government.
When will we ever have a sober, accountable and people-centric government? Am longing for such a time. Perhaps it might be sooner than I think and perhaps that is my imagination and thus I need to wake up from the world of fantasy and slumber.
In 2022, dear Kenyans let’s choose wisely and think. Let the hand-outs we are being given not influence our votes. We deserve leaders who care for us in all situations and those who are incorruptible and faithful to obey the rule of law and edicts of the Constitution of Kenya 2010.
No one will save us; it is we the people to save ourselves on the ballot by voting vision-oriented leaders. Who are steadfast to champion for change though the heavens fall and are faithful to the law.
We made mistakes in 2017 my plea unto us the people is that we have learnt our lesson the hard way. Let’s be wise and vote better. If we become stupid in 2022……….