Opposition is necessary for a functional Kenya
by PatrickMarenya Posted on 07/08/2014
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Kenya’s opposition may be led by the old faceted; but that does not men their views are old. There is this constituent of Kenyans who feel that the Opposition led by Rt. Hon Raila Odinga is old and has run out of ideas. They go further to decry that there is need for a younger blood in the opposition, citing that Raila and his aides have been in the picture for far too long.

Let me remind such people that an active Opposition is an insurer of good governance and upholds the virtues of Democracy in world over. It is a group of people who are always there to keep the government on check, exposing the rot of alongside the media and the civil society.

I am a supporter of CORD, not because I come from the same county with baba but because I believe that this county has problems which the Government is either not interested in solving or it is just not on its priority list.

I often tell my friends that I would rather be a stupid supporter opposition that be a complacent supporter of a Government that has failed on a quite a number of issues, most importantly its core mandate of ensuring security for its citizens.

The runaway security and terror attacks have escalated in the recent past, with no tangible outcomes from investigations. It has become almost usual for Kenyans to read in our dailies that the police arrested a number of suspected terrorists in a certain place with explosives, rounds of ammunition, this or that weapon and so on. As a concerned citizen, I am always waiting to hear what happens next, do they provide information used to unravel who their sponsors are, their mission, their base of operations, this however never or rarely happens.

Another mess is the corruption manifestation that has taken a toll within our public service. It is manifest from the petty bribes paid by citizens on our roads to mega scandals like Anglo leasing. The AG’s office has been on the spotlight for failing to facilitate concrete defense by Kenyan government, a move which according to LSK chairman Erick Mutua would save the Government billions of shillings. As if that was not enough, Treasury CS Henry Rotich last week said the Government is likely to go to court over the last Anglo Leasing-related case, and admitted the chances of winning could not be guaranteed.

In a country where regulations infringing on the freedom of the media are like a homework for politicians, where efforts are made to silence the civil society, where the rights of citizens to peacefully assemble and unarmed to demonstrate, picket and present petitions to public officers are trodden upon by the police denying to issue permits and deploying GSU and APs to arrest them should they do so in the absence of permits, an active opposition is most necessary.

Even with such realities, some people still feel that the opposition is busy making noise and has nothing to give to Kenyans. One serious man is the Deputy President himself, who has now donned the coats of a chap who is good at making roadside declarations with no concrete aftermaths. For instance, he ordered the police to present within two days either dead or alive, the perpetrators of the killings in Lamu, a deadline which passed and nothing really happened. Ole Lenku is still the Interior CS and Kimaiyo is still in office as Inspector General.

I urge more leaders, including those of the ruling Jubilee coalition to shun sycophancy and be honest to themselves, the people they represent and Kenyans at large. We need more Alfred Keters that Aden Duales, who seemingly supports everything the Government does be it wrong or right. His indecency was captured when he stated that he would rather be a sycophant of a sitting President than a supporter of a retired Prime Minister. 

I envisage a Kenya where people will freely criticize the Government, be they friends or foes of those in power.

 

The writer is a 2nd year mass communication student at Technical University of Mombasa

 




   

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