Garre’s negotiated democracy not acceptable to all
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