Garre’s ne­go­ti­ated democ­racy not ac­cept­able to all

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

On Sun­day, the coun­cil of el­ders from the Garre com­mu­nity in Madera county pro­posed a num­ber of 2017 can­di­dates in what is now called ne­go­ti­ated democ­racy. They are us­ing a ro­ta­tional for­mula among the Garre clans. This has also been hap­pen­ing in some other coun­ties such as Embu. How­ever, the Man­dera case is more con­spic­u­ous be­cause the el­ders’ de­ci­sion seems to be fi­nal. It is also no­table that even the cur­rent lead­ers from the county are ben­e­fi­cia­ries of this process, in­clud­ing the in­cum­bent Gov­er­nor Ali Roba. Jus­ti­fy­ing their for­mula, the el­ders said it is likely some clans will never get an op­por­tu­nity to lead in the county if fair com­pe­ti­tion is ap­plied. In the gov­er­nor po­si­tion, they en­dorsed Has­san Noor, a for­mer civil ser­vant, to re­place Roba. This caused vi­o­lence. This shows there are dis­sent­ing voices against the ne­go­ti­ated democ­racy be­cause it de­nies an op­por­tu­nity to eval­u­ate lead­ers.

JOE MIRINGU Eger­ton Univer­sity

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