Role of citizen media in preventing PEV in #Kenya’s upcoming elections. #GV2012

I’ve read the winning posts from kenya at Gv2012, and I must state that they are quite enlightening. Kudos to the selection panel.

Having said that however,I couldn’t fail to notice that most of them had no idea what really  caused the PEV. Without proper diagnosis we’ll all end up with a flawed prescription..

The real cause of post election violence in Kenya was due to the unholy alliance between the presidency and tribe. It’s widely believed that once a tribe has the presidency, the gravy train that is the government resources head the tribes way.

It’s hard to fault this faulty reasoning given that the previous three governments have had skewed employment and resources allocation methodologies which were seen to benefit members of certain communities.

This whole powder keg was complicated by Kenya’s democracy’s one main weakness : numerical differences of the various tribes that form the political  entity kenya. The so called “mt Kenya Mafia” ie the Kikuyu and the tribes around mt Kenya who vote more or less as a block have the potential of monopolizing the presidency to the end of the world, due to their large  numbers. This creates resentment in the members of other tribes. In fact, in 2007, most MT Kenyan Mafia voted for kibaki to a man or woman. While members of the other tribes voted for Raila, except  kambas who voted for their man kalonzo.

The solution to all this would have been to get rid of the presidency all together and have a parliamentary system which I tried to push for in the run-up to the constitutional review.

The COE, however, gave us a second- best solution which is still workable: They distributed the immense powers of the presidency to the other three  arms of government. The CoE made just one mistake of making the hurdles to attaining the presidency quite steep which gives the impression that the presidency will be a very  powerful one. 
The main work of the citizen media should be to inform the public of the fact that the presidency is no longer the same as in the old constitution. And that the president will not benefit a tribe so it’ll be nonsensical to believe that one will only benefit if the president comes from his her tribe.

Nota Bene: Politics trumps other social issues, I know of many  couples who had very stable inter-tribal marriages which collapsed in the wake of 07/08 PEV crises.   



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2 Responses to “Role of citizen media in preventing PEV in #Kenya’s upcoming elections. #GV2012”

  1. jimmy Says:

    i dint like that comment for real, it is subjective, ill informed and intolerable on cohesion basis.

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