November 4th, 2-017,
The current political and economic atmosphere being witnessed in Kenya brings to fore pertinent questions. Could there be a need for keeping the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) at taxpayers’ expense?
The recent election has left Kenyans sharply divided and largely insecure. What happened to our nationhood? Do the majority feel that they belong? Are they factored by the ruling class as well as their communities?
When communities united before 1950’s to kick out the colonial hierarchy and to curve a nation, their desire was to bring pride and justice to the African population. The new system that came created “40 millionaires and 40 million beggars” a phrase coined by the former Nyandarua MP, the late J.M. Kariuki, who was murdered in 1975 in unclear circumstances.
Today, resource allocation favors communities with the instrument of power as the rest struggle feed their families hoping one of their own will ascend to leadership. Those in leadership systematically use all means necessary to sustain them in power, regardless of whether they are legal or illegal. On the other hand, smaller communities are either irrelevant or too coy to bother. As fate might have it, they have no option but to accept crumbs from the current administration.
The current Kenyan cabinet comprises of over twelve secretaries from two communities out of twenty-one cabinet slots. The rest of the 40 communities are left to share the remaining nine slots. The same scenario is replicated in almost all parastatals in the country. This has left other communities feeling isolated and left out.
The events leading to our current situation in the country clearly shows that much needs to be done. Today, even former brilliant brains like the former MP for Budalangi, Ababu Namwamba are toying with the idea of making future participation in election mandatory – this is due to the fact that the recent repeat election witnessed the least attention in the history of multi-party democracy.
The country is hanging her head in shame, the European Union and US government, as well as most African countries, are unable to send a congratulatory message to the President-elect who got 98% of 38% percent registered voters.
The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) has failed to implement mechanisms that will see the country integrate despite our political difference. The current political situation is toxic and a seating time bomb that makes the Rwandan genocide into a joke. The constitutional mandate of the NCIC has failed due to lack of independence of the commission. Rendering it a government watchdog and extremely partisan.
Because of its failure to exercise its full authority as stipulated in the constitution. And because Kenya is as divided as before the inception of the commission, it is, therefore, doesn’t make any sense for the commission to waste the taxpayers’ money in the pretense of promoting national cohesion and integration. Instead, it has turned into a disgrace.