IEBC has in the period of its existence gained much public confidence. The manner in which they have run by-elections and the 2010 Constitutional Referendum, was in great contrast to its predecessor the Electoral Commission of Kenya. Unfortunately, this has started to change. The wrangles between the Secretariat and the Commission are not at all helpful especially at such a critical juncture of Kenya’s history. (more…)
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In his weekly email to supporters he said that while we owe a great deal to the freedom fighters and the heroes of the second liberation, we must not remain there. He stated that we need to change our discourse from a reformist one to a developmental one noting that while the reformist agenda has taken us far the critical thing is the full implementation of the constitution which has a strong focus on the rights based approach to development.
Kenneth argues that Kenyans should now be debating how we will achieve the socio-economic rights in our constitution and base our decision at the next election on the that discourse. Hence, Peter Kenneth argues, and rightfully so, that the next election should be a race between performers and non-performers. Kenyans must evaluate the developmental record of those who are seeking positions of leadership. He wonders why we would reward those that have failed at lower levels with bigger responsibilities? (more…)
We can debate about whether Kenya is a failed state but we can’t argue that it is not failing. It is failing; and it is failing fast.
‘Post Cards from Hell’, the Failed States Index 2011, conducted by Fund for Peace (FfP) and published by the Foreign Policy Magazine, placed Kenya in Position 16, among countries like Somalia, Chad and Sudan.
The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) views weak states as those which are unable and/or unwilling to deliver core functions to the majority of its people. These basic services include security, protection of property, basic public services and essential infrastructure. Therefore, states weaken or fail with the extent to which they are unable to provide basic functions for their citizens. (more…)
The debate on the review of constituency boundaries by the Ligale led Interim Boundaries Review Commission (IBRC) has elicited much debate and emotion. There are people who feel cheated and many others who have benefited. The Analysis of the gainers and losers in the Sunday Nation yesterday was telling.
My take on the whole scenario is that there is one critical issues that needs to be addressed. Is the review of boundaries necessarily about splitting constituencies? I do not think so.
It is extremely encouraging that the Kenyan Parliament is set to debate a motion that could lead to the abolition of the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examinations for Standard Eight pupils. Ndaragwa MP Jeremiah Kioni has given notice of a motion that calls for the scrapping of the 25-year old examinations.
In his notice, Mr Kioni says all pupils who sit primary school exams should be allowed a smooth transition to secondary schools. His notice states: “This House resolves that the government abolishes the KCPE and provide for a continuous, uninterrupted education system from level one to Form Four in order to accord all Kenyan students universal basic education.” (more…)