Proposal for Eradicating Tribalism and Preventing Post- Election violence[2009]


This goes out to all people of intellect. People who, like me, are tired of being told that we deserve the leaders we’ve got. Unfortunately it’s true. We, who have something between our ears, who have the capacity to change things have done absolutely nothing. And then we have acted all surprised- Nay, shocked -when the shit hits the fan!

Kenyans have for long prayed for good leadership and prosperity in the country. However, if you pray to God for something, you are only provided with the opportunity to acquire it. For example, God won’t bring you a job; He will ensure a vacancy that suits you and make sure the info gets to you in time.

Like Job of the bible, lately Kenya has been plagued with numerous seemingly insurmountable problems: a divisive referendum, a bout of post-election violence, hunger, scandals and leaders who are unable or unwilling to rise above ethnic lines in order to lead Kenyans to the Promised Land. This is the opportunity God is giving us to finally come to our senses and use the brains He gave us to create the conditions necessary for the emergence of true national leaders.

It is such a pity that in the land that produced an Obama we continue to suffer under the burden of inept and corrupt leadership. This paper aims at, inter alia, setting up favorable conditions for the emergence of true national leaders in the country.

The action plan should be based on the following premises:-
1. That in order to be able to solve any of our problems be it post-election violence, bad leadership, corruption etc., we must first overcome our main hindrance: Political tribalism. Normally, Kenyans co-exist in harmony and even intermarry. We ONLY get tribal during heated political events such as referendum or presidential elections. Politicians have made us believe that we are tribal. We are not!

2. That solving political tribalism will essentially demand emergence of True National Leaders preferably, but not necessarily, young who do not owe their allegiance to their tribe but to Kenyans.

3. That to get true national leaders we need to seal all the loopholes which some politicians exploit in order to drive their tribal agenda.

To this end, this is the way forward:

1. There shall be NO voting in any referendum on the new constitution. There are other ways of effecting a new constitution without a referendum, which might potentially cause more bloodshed and destruction in the country.This can be done through a constituent assembly or a constitutional convention

2. There shall be NO voting in the 2012 Presidential elections. Instead we shall have the following two leaders as transitional compromise candidates:
(a) Musalia Mudavadi – Prime Minister (unopposed).
(b) Kalonzo Musyoka – President (unopposed).

This smooth transition will give us time to heal as a nation. It will also prevent another orgy of post-election violence, together with its aftermath such as inflation.

The two leaders will owe their allegiance to kenyans

The two leaders shall not campaign. We have heard enough lies masquerading as campaign promises from PNU, ODM, ODM-K, to last us two lifetimes.

3 There shall, however, be parliamentary and civic elections. From the various by-elections and even the general elections. It is clear that we can handle (manage) civic & parliamentary elections without chaos.
4 From 2017-2032 General Elections, the following shall happen:
From among the group of tribes who’ve never had one of their own as President or PM, the two numerically large tribes shall participate in a draw to determine which tribe gets the presidency and which one gets the premiership. The draw shall be organized by a reformed electoral body and supervised by local and international observers. The draw shall be held 2 years before a general election.

Once a tribe has the docket, it produces all the candidates from which voters will elect the president (or from which MP’s will elect the Prime Minister).

If this isn’t functional democracy, then I don’t know what is! This is what I prefer to call democracy tempered with affirmative action. This is because even tribes which don’t have the numbers will still have a chance to lead the country. This will be the last nail in the coffin of tribal politics. This is because all the candidates will be from only one tribe at a time, so there will be no sense  in any politician  telling people to vote for a person from their tribe.

This will now herald the emergence of true national leaders, leaders who will be elected by Kenyans on the basis of other qualities other than tribe. They will be answerable to Kenyans. .

It will now be possible to choose young leaders , female leaders or whatever other trait we so prefer, without being blind- sided by tribalism.

I am lobbying for the passage of a bill in parliament for the amendment of the constitution to provide for the following provisions.
(a) The position of executive Prime Minister and Executive President.
(b) President to be elected by voters (universal suffrage) and Prime Minister to be elected by members of Parliament through simple majority in parliament irrespective of whether or not he/she is in the party with majority in parliament.
(c) The President and Prime Minister shall be from a Kenyan tribe which has never had one of their own as President or Prime Minister (except in case of a vacancy before five years are over).
(d) Cabinet appointments to be done on a 50/50 basis between the president and the prime minister. Parliament to debate on which specific docket goes to the president and which one goes to the Prime Minister. The appointments should exhibit regional balance
(e) The President and Prime Minister to appoint a running mate and one deputy Prime Minister respectively.
(f) The President and Prime Minister to serve for a maximum of five years.
(g) President and running mate shall not be members of parliament.
(h) In case of a vacancy in either the presidency or premiership before the five years are over, the candidates for replacement shall come from the respective tribe.
(i) The Ministers shall not be more than twenty.

j) constituent assembly or constitutional convention
Be part of the 7 million non-tribal, intelligent Kenyans who are bringing meaningful change in Kenya. Stop whining and enumerating the problems in Kenya. Let us do something about them.


6 Responses to “Proposal for Eradicating Tribalism and Preventing Post- Election violence[2009]”

  1. Jacob Tenai Says:

    We are based in Eldoret and ready to partner with you on the same.

  2. BBC Africa Debate Says:

    Is it possible to get in touch with us on for a chat on Tribalism and Politics in Africa? Thank you…

  3. noele Says:

    I find this highly impractical and rather tribalistic still if you ask me…this takes us back to the mtu wetu school of thought.

    Kenyans should be made aware of tribe Kenya and Kenya only and anyone who passes the integrity test with the requisite qualifications and experience be elected based on his/her manifesto which should be binding.

    There is nothing like compromise candidate as far as I am concerned the ones you have fielded have lots of skeletons in their closet and their track record at the constituency level is highly wanting….highly wanting.

    I am neither a Kikuyu nor a Kalenjin and believe me when I tell you I do not mind having another leadership from those regions as long as its a person of integrity, goodwill and has ALL of Kenya’s interest at heart!

  4. barry Says:

    This is an interesting point of view. I however don’t think it will fix the tribalism issue in Kenya. You’re basically saying the only way to rid our country of tribalism is to make it a dictatorial government. Having a Kenyan become president/ prime minister unopposed will undermine the citizens’ democratic right to vote. And how will not electing a president give us time to heal as a nation? Isn’t 5 years long enough? I’m also assuming that you chose Kalonzo Musyoka and Musalia Mudavadi mainly because they come from relatively underrepresented Kenyan tribes in the political scene i.e not Kikuyu or Luo or Kalenjin. This is in itself indirectly promoting tribalism – they aren’t entering office on the basis of merit but on the basis that they come from those particular tribes.

    Though subjective, the only way to eviscerate tribalism is to get rid of tribes; giving our kids universal names – not Omondi, Kamau or Kipruto; no speaking of vernacular. This might risk us losing our ‘culture’ and ‘sense of belonging’ but truth is, belonging to a tribe has caused more damage than good.

  5. Kemunto Carol Says:

    This is idiotic and frankly can Mudavadi and Kalonzo be compromise candidate in Kenya today, unless you have been burying your head in the sand in the last 10 years. Besides how qualified are you to Decide on the ‘compromise candidate’. people like you are making this country what it is…

  6. akwa john Says:

    tribalism is a commodity sold by our leaders. As a nation we must stop buying this commodity that is the only way to walkout of the bloody tribalism

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