All of them attest to a few uncontested reflections on the new Kenyan President.
That ratified document is now the supreme law in the land.
The Coalition will fast track the implementation of the new Constitution to secure the rights of Kenyans. We will guarantee the devolution of Government to the people, reduce the number of Government ministries and continue to reform the Judiciary.
- Reducing the number of Government ministries from 44 to 22 in line with the new Constitution and streamlining their functions to achieve greater efficiency and service delivery;
- Drawing the line between national and county executive functions, with the intention of devolving the functions constitutionally assigned to county Governments as soon as possible;
- Shoring up the Government revenue base at national level by closing tax loopholes and creating an even more efficient tax collection system.
- Using the “Rapid Results Approach” (RRA) to enhance administrative capability in all county executive departments, starting with the least endowed, to prepare them to assume the functions designated for county Governments under the Constitution;
- Developing new training and certification programs in collaboration with the Transition to Devolved Government Authority, the Kenya School of Government and our universities;
- Assisting all counties to build a strong local revenue base to gradually minimize their dependence upon the national tax revenue that will be distributed to them;
- Expanding revenue streams for county Governments through property taxes, entertainment taxes, proposed loans for approval by the National Treasury and royalties from the exploitation of natural resources where applicable;
- Increasing the national budget allocated to the counties from the current 15 % to 40% within the next five years;
- Ensuring that the Equalization Fund is immediately channeled in the form of conditional grants to county Governments to kick start the development of marginalized and underdeveloped regions. We believe that the county Governments are best suited to identifying the critical needs of marginalized areas within their jurisdiction;
- Establishing a Loans and Grants Council to ensure that national loans and grants designated for development are shared equitably;
- Ensuring through deliberate capacity building mechanisms and resource allocations, that within a year all county Governments have taken over their constitutional responsibilities;
- Transferring the function of the development of education infrastructure for primary and secondary schools to county Governments, while the national Government retains responsibility for all regulatory and employment matters;
- Facilitating the establishment of national institutions within counties to enhance national integration;
- Creating structures to facilitate direct scrutiny and audit of county and national Government programs, investment and projects;
- Creating a benefit-sharing framework that ensures local communities benefit from national resources in their locality;
- Ensuring the equitable distribution of revenue is raised nationally among national and county Governments;
- Ensuring expenditure that will promote the equitable development of the country, including by making special provision for marginalized groups and areas;
- Ensuring that affirmative action continues to be applied in respect of disadvantaged areas and groups;
- Creating youth employment opportunities through affirmative action schemes to ensure fair access to jobs in county Governments;
- Expanding the mandate of the Kenya Revenue Authority by elevating it to an autonomous institution to ensure greater accountability in revenue collection to both national and county Governments;
- Transforming the Regional Development Authorities (currently operating under the Ministry of Regional Development) into Inter-County Corporations to be used as vehicles for joint county development projects;
- Transforming the Youth Enterprise Development Fund into a National Enterprise Agency, Biashara Kenya, to drive economic assistance, innovation and wealth creation;
- Transforming the counties into actual centres for development and growth by devolving responsibility for the Economic Stimulus Programs (ESP) to county level with Biashara agencies reporting directly to the new County Governors;
- Ensuring the transparent management of devolved funds and resources;
- Allowing counties greater financial independence by giving them access to local and international loans and grants;
- Establishing County Infrastructure Funds (CIF) in each county to fund the development and upkeep of roads and houses;
- Ensuring that all residential and commercial developments in each county contribute to the County Infrastructure Fund through a Local Planning Gain Obligation;
TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP: We will ensure the public service provides quality services and is accountable to the people.
A SAFE KENYA: We will expand, Equip and modernise our security agencies to ensure every Kenyan is guaranteed of their safety and that of their loved ones and their property.
EMPOWERING OUR YOUTH: We will equip our youth with the necessary skills, capital and opportunities to create wealth for themselves through securing local and foreign investment in new factories and giving tax-breaks, grants and loans to set up
A FOOD SECURE KENYA: We will ensure that our Agricultural sector can produce food in excess of the needs of our country by encouraging mechanization, irrigation, reviving cooperatives and farmer unions and subsidy for inputs. In addition, we will encourage value addition in the production chain and develop suitable marketing support mechanisms for our farmers.
SOCIAL JUSTICE: We will ensure that the rights of all Kenyans are preserved through good governance, democracy, and respect for the rule of law and social protection and welfare for the disadvantaged.
A HEALTHY KENYA: We will ensure that all Kenyans have access to well equipped health facilities and well trained and motivated health care workers, in addition to developing systems to support health care and sanitation.
WATER AND ELECTRICITY FOR ALL: We will ensure that every Kenyan has access to clean water and sustainable supply of electricity by developing necessary policies to encourage investment in infrastructure for water and electricity provision.
“There is already a 2017 Uhuru Re-Election Task Force in place. We must start early. We may relent and allow Ruto to be President in 2022-if he agrees that his running mate will be one of us. We want to completely smash Kalonzo Musyoka as a credible national politician. He is toast, gone, kaput, finished. We are worried about Raila. The man is crafty. He is clever. Imagine he had the cheek to decline that appointment that Uhuru offered him. An envoy based outside the country. He is too dangerous inside. And mark you, whoever Agwambo endorses- and he won’t be a Luo, is the fifth President. Uhuru must work overtime to appease the CORD people. He is limited in terms of appointments because of the new constitution, but he must do something. I am happy that he is going to park in Luo Nyanza for four days next week.”
Two investigative journalists threatened in KenyaNairobi, April 19, 2013--Two investigative journalists have reported receiving death threats in Kenya shortly after airing a story suggesting foul play in a government official's death, according to news reports and local journalists.Mohammed Ali and John-Allan Namu, investigative journalists from the private KTN television network received threats from anonymous callers and via social networking sites on Wednesday, according to Namu and Willis Angira, associate producer for KTN. "We received threats two days ago, and it was made clear that we were being watched, and there was a plan to eliminate Mohammed and myself," Namu told CPJ.David Ohito, news editor of The Standard, which is also affiliated with KTN, told CPJ that the threats were linked to an investigative story aired on KTN two weeks ago, called "Inside Story: Death in Ten Minutes" that suggested foul play in a helicopter crash that killed former Interior Minister George Saitoti.On June 10, 2012, a police helicopter crashed in the southern town of Ngong, which was carrying Saitoti and his deputy, Orwa Ojode, along with two pilots and two bodyguards. According to the KTN story, the commission set up to investigate the crash failed to pursue leads that emerged during the investigation, among them that Saitoti and Ojode may have been poisoned to death.The Standard said its journalists believe the threats originated from Kenya's internal security department. Ohito told CPJ that The Standard had contacted authorities to express their concern about the threats and saying that they planned to provide the journalists with extra security if more threats occurred.CPJ's calls to and messages left with police were not immediately answered.Police were also implicated in the January 2009 murder of Weekly Citizen journalist Francis Nyaruri, shortly after he investigated corruption within the police department."We hold Kenyan authorities responsible for the safety and well-being of Mohammed Ali and John-Allan Namu," said CPJ East Africa Consultant Tom Rhodes. "These threats are clearly motivated by the journalists' report, which raised the possibility of official involvement in the crash."
My name is Onyango Oloo.The resurgence of state intimidation, police harassment, arbitrary arrests, lobbing of tear gas, firing of live bullets, rounding up of activists and even extra judicial killings is CHILLING.It reminds me of the dark days of the long night of Moi KANU one party fascist dictatorship.Many of the teenagers and early twentysomething Facebookers and twentysomething twittering twits babbling, yammering and jabbering gibberish endorsing these draconian, illegal and unconstitutional state terror tactics had NOT EVEN BEEN CONCEIVED back in the day when it was considered OK for the cops to storm a private residence and arrest four family members discussing the news headlines when having their ugali na sukuma for supper because they were allegedly having a "night meeting" because they did not bother to secure a police license.I am particularly offended by the clamour to reintroduce repression in Kenya at this point in time.For two reasons.One, Kenyans are living under a new constitutional dispensation. That new order signifies a transition from the terrible National Security State to the more alluring National Democratic State, in other words, a move from FASCISM to DEMOCRATIC RENEWAL.Why would, for instance public officers like Mr. Kimemia and Mr. Kimaiyo who have SWORN to DEFEND the Constitution flagrantly violate the Bill of Rights?Two, and this is rather PERSONAL as far as I am concerned.On August 4, 1982, while I was still a first year University of Nairobi student, I was abducted by the police at the Voi Railway Station and returned forcibly under gun point, to be charged with three counts of "sedition" liable up to 27 years imprisonment, BASED SOLELY on the basis of a hand written DRAFT of an essay where I was calling upon Kenyan youth and students to stand up for democracy, justice and freedom. On the basis of those trumped up charges, a hastily convened KANGAROO court sentenced me to several years behind bars at the notorious Kamiti Maximum Security Prison. I was tortured, beaten, humiliated and alienated. My youth was stolen from me. My education was interrupted. I became blacklisted when I left prison. I was shunned. I was forced to flee from my homeland Kenya and exiled to a very frigid continent tens of thousands of miles away where I vegetated for close twenty years!And for what?For drafting a student essay touching on issues of fundamental rights like freedom of expression, freedom of conscience, freedom of assembly, academic freedom and other civil and political liberties.Onyango Oloo and hundreds of Kenyan patriots like, to name just a few, Dr. Willy Mutunga, Raila Odinga, Alamin Mazrui, Timothy Njoya, Davinder Lamba, Ngugi wa Thiongo, Micere Mugo, Wangui wa Goro, Wangari Muriuki, Chitechi Osundwa, Adongo Ogony, Oduor Ongwen, Zarina Patel, Yusuf Hassan, Abdilatif Abdalla, Njeri Kabeberi, Paddy Onyango Sumba, Mwandawiro Mghanga, Oyange Mbajah, Silvanus Oduor, Omondi Kabir and many, many, more, paid with our health, our families, our minds, our limbs, our careers, yes, some with their very lives to topple the fascist dictatorship and contribute to the emerging democratic space which is best exemplified by the promulgation of the Kenyan Constitution on August 27, 2010.Where we the Kimemias and Kimaiyos back then?Undergoing a DO course at the Kenya Institute of Administration or going through the recruit's training drills at the Police College in Kiganjo?
But since I am NOT
the Onyango Oloo who has President Uhuru's ear, I guess I will just send a tweet linking this digital essay to @UKenyatta, hoping that my fellow bloggers Dennis Itumbi and Moses Kuria will pass it on to El Presidente.