The Star (Kenya)

Lead­ers must learn to play by the rules for them to suc­ceed

- Society · Politics

There is no en­dur­ing legacy as a lead­er­ship founded and based on the dic­tates of fair and just laws.

World over, Kenya’s Con­sti­tu­tion has been lauded as the most pro­gres­sive, es­pe­cially the Bill of Rights and at­ten­dant sec­tions.

A Con­sti­tu­tion that does not only pur­port to sep­a­rate the pow­ers of the var­i­ous arms of gov­ern­ment but in­clude safe­guards is a bul­wark for ef­fec­tive­ness, ac­count­abil­ity of state ac­tors and checks and balances.

There­fore, when sneaky at­tempts at rolling back such gains are made by peo­ple who swore to pro­tect the Con­sti­tu­tion, then it is time good peo­ple who have the in­ter­est of the coun­try at heart have to stand up.

Fail­ure to ob­serve the con­sti­tu­tional dic­tates is a recipe for an­ar­chy and re­cent events are point­ers to such wrong tra­jec­tory. We work with peo­ple in var­i­ous fields and of­fices not be­cause we love them, but be­cause our goals are not per­sonal but col­lec­tive. That’s what should in­form the work ethics in gov­ern­ment.

Times with­out a num­ber I have opined that the Ju­bilee gov­ern­ment in its sec­ond-term is un­of­fi­cially rewrit­ing the laws of this land. So much so that those we can’t hold ac­count­able are the ones call­ing the shots, while those with the peo­ple’s man­date are shoved aside.

All th­ese on spu­ri­ous claims of imag­i­nary wrongs by those we pay salaries to work for us, yet can’t be ac­corded space and re­spect. We have reached a point where you have to be liked by a cer­tain panel of courtiers to be re­spected.

As we ab­ro­gate the law to achieve the nar­row, cheap and self­ish po­lit­i­cal agenda, the coun­try is slowly steep­ing to a dan­ger­ous cliff, al­most snap­ping! The un­for­tu­nate hate-mon­ger­ing back and forth is a re­sult of un­der­min­ing the clearly stated laws. Min­is­ters are al­lowed to brazenly in­sub­or­di­nate a duly elected Deputy Pres­i­dent.

A non-elected party func­tionary and his nyama choma party are on the prowl, lit­er­ally. Then the coun­ter­at­tacks from the lead­ers, lack­ing in any iota of re­spect and deco­rum to the Of­fice of the Pres­i­dent, even en­tan­gling re­spected lead­ers who can no longer de­fend them­selves is what we now see. We are at a tip­ping point and it can’t get worse than that.

Only con­sti­tu­tion­al­ism will bring the much needed san­ity and the Pres­i­dent must re­turn the coun­try to that path.

ODHIAMBO JAMWA The writer in an eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst

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