UNTO US A NATION IS BORN

 

H.E. MR KENYATTA AND H.E. MR ODINGA

H.E. MR KENYATTA AND H.E. MR ODINGA

By JERRY JAKONGANGA

WASHINGTON, DC-The Republic of Kenya today has a unique opportunity to completely undergo a bloodless revolution, which will transform the nation’s political landscape and usher in a new dawn in which the rule of law is a reality; it will also place the nation on the path to economic take-off.

We have stated in these columns recently that the rule of law, like integrity, are concepts foreign to Kenya.

However, these concepts must become a reality in Kenya for the nation to join the community of nations known as the developed, free world.

But what does the rule of law really mean?

We will spare our audience a comprehensive academic definition and simply state that when a country is governed by the rule of law, no one is above the law. No one!

Not even the president can be above the law.

If there is a simpler way to put it, we do not know it.

The United States of America, with all its imperfections, represents a country governed by the rule of law.

If you doubt that, watch what is happening to President Donald Trump today.

The Mueller Special Council investigation is closing in on the President, with regards to the Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, and related issues, including obstruction of justice.

The Mueller investigation has now subpoenaed documents from the Trump Organization and may interview him personally.

We want to state that the President cannot refuse to appear. This is what the rule of law means.

What about Kenya?

Well, if people who must answer to the president, or are subordinate to him, like the Inspector General of Police, or the Director of Criminal Investigation, can refuse to obey court orders, that is not the rule of law.

If three media houses can be shut down, their constitutional protections notwithstanding, that is not the rule of law.

If citizens can be deported, and their passports withdrawn without cause, that is not the rule of law.

If private citizens’ homes can be invaded and destroyed, despite constitutional protections against unreasonable searches and seizures, that is not the rule of law.

If publicly funded institutions, such as the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, can refuse to comply with orders of the Supreme Court of Kenya, and the Chief Justice threatened by the president, that is not the rule of law.

We can go on and on. So, what is the bottom line?

The bottom line is that now that the People’s President, H.E. Raila Odinga, and President Uhuru Kenyatta, have decided to join hands with a view to transforming Kenya, the first place to start is unequivocal respect for the rule of law.

We would also suggest to politicians still living in the past, a past plagued by the big man syndrome, to shape up or ship out.

What are we saying?

We are saying Mr. Moses Wetangula, Mr. Musalia Mudavadi, and Mr. Kalonzo Musyoka, must join the two Presidents, or forever hold their peace.

The people of Kenya, who hold the ultimate power, have delegated it to Mr. Odinga and Mr. Kenyatta, and are, for now, trusting them to keep their promise, namely to unite the nation, establish the rule of law, and embark on developing the country.

We want to close our remarks by stating that God works in mysterious ways.

Only a few short weeks ago, Kenya was on the verge of a full blown civil war, secession, and becoming a failed state.

Mr. Odinga’s choice to be sworn in, alone, on January 30, 2018, and decision to meet with Mr. Kenyatta without the so-called principals, was a divine intervention to save Kenya.

The mouths of Mr. Wetangula, Mr. Mudavadi, and Mr. Musyoka, could have delayed or prevented the now famous handshake between Mr. Kenyatta and Mr. Odinga, from happening.

With the powers delegated to him by the people of Kenya, H.E. Mr. Odinga can end the political careers of the so-called principals.

What may become of them can only be compared to what happened to Zacharia when he tried to argue with the angel of the lord when the latter announced the birth of John the Baptist (Luke 5: 19-20).

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