Equal­ity and Eq­uity: Foun­da­tions of state and so­ci­ety

The Star (Kenya) - - Top Stories / National - YASH PAL GHAI The Star

The con­sti­tu­tion es­tab­lishes var­i­ous val­ues and prin­ci­ples to guide the con­duct of the gov­ern­ment and, to a con­sid­er­able ex­tent, so­ci­ety. Kenyans eas­ily un­der­stand the con­cept of equal­ity but less so that of eq­uity. Nei­ther Kibaki nor, par­tic­u­larly, Uhuru has shown the least in­ter­est in re­duc­ing dis­par­i­ties of in­comes, re­sources and fa­cil­i­ties. Nu­mer­ous in­ves­ti­ga­tions by the Au­di­tor Gen­eral of state cor­rup­tion and mis­use of state money have been ig­nored—and the Au­di­tor Gen­eral threat­ened. Huge sums, il­le­gally ac­quired, are squan­dered in bol­ster­ing po­lit­i­cal par­ties and pa­tron­age. Trib­al­ism, cause of eth­nic con­flict and in­equal­i­ties, flour­ishes.

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