BOMAS DRAFT CONSTITUTION

Now that Kibaki has come out strongly against devolution does it mean that he is openly opposed to bomas draft including clauses that were not contentious in the wako draft that was defeated in the referendum

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13 Responses to BOMAS DRAFT CONSTITUTION

  1. Maru Kapkatet says:

    Mr. Kibaki is a very old and tired man. I believe that he does not want any change at all. Any slight deviation from the status quo frightens him. He is ultra-conservative. The same goes for his chief campaign strategist, Mzee Moi.

    Right now, Mr. Kibaki is desperate to be elected for a second term not because he wants to modernize and move Kenya onto a path of change and new socio-political and economic path but in order to avoid a humiliating defeat at the hands of Mr. Raila Odinga.

    Mr. Kibaki is fighting for a second term so that he can go back to sleep while Michuki, Karua, Wambui, and Kimunya rule Kenya. It is now not a question of whether Mr. Kibaki wants a new constitution for Kenya but a question of what the currently-sleeping real rulers of Kenya want.

    Why does Mr. Kibaki not fire Michuki in order to divert blame for the deportation of some Kenyan Muslims, the massacre of Maasai in Naivasha when they were fired on from helicopter gunships, and the razing of homes, schools, and even churches belonging to Kalenjins and Kisiis in Mau area?

    Why does Mr. Kibaki not fire Mr. Michuki who commited treason by importing mercenaries (the Artur brothers) into Kenya and by attacking and destroying property at the Standard Newspapers premises? Why does Mr. Kibaki not fire Michuki who is responsible for the continued clashes in Mt. Elgon area?

    Mr. Kibaki is too old amd weak to chart a new way for Kenya. How can he turn to Moi for help when the latter almost destroyed Kenya. If there is one individual who is most selfish in Kenya, it is Mzee Moi. The Kalenjins have stood solidly behind him for the many years that he ruled Kenya but now as they seek a new and better leadership, Mzee Moi wants them to vote for Mr. Kibaki.

    Mzee Moi is choosing to intentionally forget the sufferings of the Kalenjins under Mr. Kibaki – the mass sackings from government jobs and in the Tea estates in Kericho, the re-location of employment opportunities outside Kericho, the destruction of property and expulsion from the Mau and Nandi areas – to support a man who cannot bring change to Kenya.

    Mr. Kibaki, after suffering defeat during the referendum will not touch the Bomas Draft ever again.

  2. tnk says:

    at this point in time Kibaki is desperately fighting the fight of his life to cling to power. If he goes it will be into utter oblivion. He is not even attempting to campaign for PNU or member parties, he just wants to be president.

    Devolution means working to make things happen, the man prefers slumber and an occasional economic numbers game.

    Whether he has or does not have an opinion on any political issue (Bomas draft, majimbo etc) is totally irrelevant. Almost every step appears to be dictated by some behind the scenes forces who continue to influence his decisions and strategies. What he says now or in the future is most likely going to be the mouthpiece of the Mt Kenya “think tank” if we would call it that. We can all see almost all the bad moves made are those of people too stuck up to truly mingle with the mwananchi on the ground. THey cannot and will not bother to discuss, its all about coercion through intimidation, fear, force or purchase. And when all else fails, destruction, so that if they cannot have it, then no-one else should get it.

    Stop these people now.

  3. Baijo M.Lorowu says:

    Kibaki and his PNU/PANU/KANU monument of confusions will not succeed by forestalling the popular aspiration of the Kenyan majority. After 2002 popular victory, Kibaki turned out to be a big conman and let down by trashing every agreements he made with the people of Kenya, some represented by the leaders that formed the summit.

    Kenyans spoke for what they wanted and the kind of governance they wanted. Bomas draft constitution contained the voice of the people, including the majority masses from Mt. Kenya. Any pretenders will not be spared, as long as the masses expectations are not met by those seeking leadership.

  4. Dr. Barack Abonyo says:

    Kibaki said “Majimbo will never happen in Kenya”. I saw the video and read something in the old man’s expression. Baba Jimmy has something up his sleeves. The interpratation of this is that in Kibaki eyes, ODM will not win through thick and thin and if by any chance it does then he will use everything from within/without the books to avoid smooth transfer of power. Kibaki’s statement and the way he emphasised it gave me a chill within my spine. Either he will do everything to split ODM, Jail the pentagon members, rig Raila out of lang’ata seat, eliminate some of the pentagon members or simply refuse to hand over power. I believe that his hopes because that is the only way he can make sure that Majimbo is never practiced in Kenya. However, since Kibaki is fond of such strong statements without ensuring their occurances, I may be just oversensitive. After all he is the same one who said that there will never be multiparty democracy in Kenya. I hope he is still the same Kibaki and hence will not drag Kenya into the mud just to keep power. I hope that was just politics.
    Barack Abonyo

  5. ken says:

    does anyone have the copy of the Bomas draft? if this can be posted it can serve well to show those opposed to it, what Kenyans overwhelmingly wanted

  6. Benjamin kioko katola says:

    Thanks Mr president for your speech on saturday 20th.However you missed the mark.why should you critisice Raila and the pentagon in their prescence?I would advise you to join Kalonzo rather than losing it all.With no doubt he will make you vice president.Do you forget Bomas draft?you strongly stood behind it and yet majimbo was one of its key elements.Do you forget?

  7. Mkenya says:

    Majimbo system is not suited for a tribally polarised nation like kenya. it will only serve to alienate different peoples who dont understand the true workings of federalism. At the end of the day it will be another tool to fragment an otherwise cohesive people.
    One cant look at a nation like the united states and assume their idea of federalism will work for kenya. For starters, the US comprises of autonomous large states united as one. For comparison, Kenya is actually just slightly bigger than texas! With that said it only makes sense that for effective governance of a whole “continent” that is the US (N. America) decentralization is necessary thus federalism. Secondly Americans speak,walk,talk and believe a-like making it alot easier to reason alike…hallo kambas,kikuyus,luos,luhyas,pokomo……
    In the case of Kenya it is actually ridiculous to consider federalism. Stream lining the current administrative structures in place will work just as well. Consider a man breaking up his family into tiny units for better delegation….its non-sensical because the family unit doesnt have the complexities of say a whole village.
    Come on kenya! we can do better than assume a country as small as ours needs to be federated.

  8. Fish says:

    I agree. Majimbo is not for Kenya. I listened to a pentagon member yesterday (William Ruto) on tv argue pro-majimbo and was terribly confused thereafter. He started off by defining it as federalism – later as simple devolution of funds and finally as CDF with budget percentage raised from 2.75 to 15 percentage and gradually upped. What form of Majimbo does ODM want? Has Raila made any comment?

  9. benjamin ratita says:

    devolution is the only way we can annex the people of Kenya into effectively participating in governance and decision making. as i watched Mukhisa kitui on KTN “race to statehosue”, it was obvious that kibaki and those around him have no desire for change. a few questions came to mind
    i would like to tell MKENYA that what will bring this country down is the inequality that is rampant.
    the issue of kenya being small has no bearing on the issue of equitable sharing of resources. its like saying that since the ugali is small, let one person have it and the other three cheer him on the side as he swallows.

    i am also tired of people saying we are not ready for devolution because of our tribal inclinations. what spurs tribal romanticism is the notion that one tribe is “eating” while we are not. if people have a say in resource management and their lives are improving, which tribe becomes president and what not will not be an issue

  10. OPADO says:

    MAJIMBO IS MAJESTIC PEOPLE OF KENYA PROJECT THAT CAN ONLY BE PUT
    INTO PLACE BY RAILA.RAILA ODINGA BELEIVES THAT THERE ARE TWO TRIBES
    IN KENYA AS A FAILED DEMOCRACY.HAVE AND HAVE NOT. THE ONLY PROBLEM WITH OUR GRANDFATHERS ISTHAT THEY ARE NOT READY FOR ANY
    REASON THAT CAN MAKE KENYA A BEST PLACE FOR HIM AND US.GREEDY
    KIBAKI GO HOME AND REST IN PEACE.KENYAN BELEIVE IN RAILA SO MUCH
    SOTHAT MAJIMBO HAS TO BE THEIR OWN CHOICE AS A MATTER OF FACTS.
    RAILA IS LOVELY, FRIENDLY AND A TRUE REVOLUTIONARY OF KINDNESS THAT MAKES ALL MARYS IN HEVEAN HAPPY TO MOTHERS TO THE VICTORS
    GOOD OVER BAD, DON’T GIVE ADAMN UNTO THE KINGDOM.WHAT IS WRONG IF KENYAN ARE GIVEN CHANCE TO MAKE THE HOMES NICE THAN TO GO FAR WORK ALL YOUR LIFE STAY IN ARENTED MUNGIKI HOME THAT
    HE CAN BURN WITH ALL YOUR BELONGINGS SO THAT YOU START YOU LIFE FROM ZERO EVERY YEAR. MAJIMBO IS THE BEST!IT WILL GIVE KENYA
    HAPPINESS WITH THE FAMILY IN THEIR SOCIAL LIFE AND THIS IS THE BEST FOR WORKING MORAL FULL OF POSITIVE ATTITUDE IN LIFE.WHAT ELSE? U HURU MOI KENYATTA BIWOTT SAITOTI KAMOTHO THEY KNOWN
    KENYAN LEADERS WITH DISCRIMINATION,ILL FEELING, PRIDE,GREEDY
    MASTERS,MUTUKUFU,BABA,NYAKWA,NYAYO, PNU THESE ARE THEIR CURENCY INTO THEIR KINGDOM.
    OURS ARE NYUNDO TINGATINGA HUMMER AGWAMBO MAJIMBO DEVOLUTION OF POWER.

  11. tim says:

    do you know that the BOMAS draft constitution ,kilifi (WAKO) draft had provisions for devolution ? (majimbo).

    then why is PANU opposing devolution ?,

    the answer lies in our constitutional history ,
    you see kenya became independent in 1963 on the basis of a federal constitution!,it devolved powers and functions to eight (8) regions .

    oginga odinga was the first minister of regionalism ,

    however the KANU government was opposed to regionalism and sabotaged the regions by REFUSING TO RELEASE FUNDS for their operations.

    with KANU in PANU ,it is perfectly understandable why PANU is opposed to devolution -notwithstanding the fact that its very own WAKO draft contained clauses on devolution

  12. Jagero says:

    To Barack, Daktari; Kibaki is a politician and a lier and will wear a brave face even infront of all adversity. He knows he is loosing but will fdight to the end however he will not be able to affect the operations of the next Government after he looses. He can not use the military or the police force for anything sinister even if he wanted to because the Generals Know about the Hague and Arusha, remember we live in a Global village. They are trying all that they possibly can but the Pentagon is like steel, ODM is well integrated up to the grassroots and Kenyans are well informed and generally decided for change. All the Pentagon needs are more themes of debate, campaign strategies, funds for effective campaigns and continous communication with people in the villages convincing them why Raila and why ODM is the best chance for Kenya since indipendence (spread the Gospel).

    Mkenya; Everybody wants Majimbo including our brothers from central Kenya and they have said as much in several fora. Remember the constitutional Referandum?, majimbo was one of the chief tenants in all the four drafts i.e CKRC, Bomas, Naivasha, Kilifi (Wako). Majimbo was never contentious. As long as our brothers from central Kenya have the Kenyatta, moi adultarated indipendence contitution which make them the gretest beneficiaries of the central goverment they will fight to retain the status quo but will change tact as soon as power slips from their hands. The gretest agitators for devolution included our brothers from central.

    Majimbo as spelt in the Bomas draft (the ODM type) will not allienate anybody. If I live and farm in central Kenya, it is only fair that I pay my taxes to that Jimbo and be involved in its development (read good road networks, electricity, education, Hospitals etc) some of which will improve my bussiness directly and others indirectly likr human resource development for future improvement in my bussiness.

    Jimbos that could be considered poor today are only poor in the eyes of the short sighted as they have a very high potential in terms of resources that have never been tapped. This is where the central government will come in. Does affirmative action ring a bell?

    Take North Eastern as an example. Livestock farming for beef can be improved to make it the chief chief exporter of beef and beef products to the middle aest and European countries. Remember thousands of camel being exported to Saudi arabia and Australia from North Aestern province. Another activity would be poultry farming from parts of North Eastern and Eastern jimbos. Horticulture and fluoriculture can be the main activities in parts of Eastern and Rift valley jimbos.

    On the issue of cohesion; Kenyans have never been that cohessive in 45 years yet they have always had a central governament. Probably active integration and involvment of people from all the tribes in their jimbos will make us more cohessive as nobody will have undue advantage over the others. The assumption that devolution can only work in large nations like the USA does not holf any water. Look at Belgium the (EU capital), Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, South Africa, the USA and many other countries all have federal systems of government anf are some of the most developed countries.

    You want Kenyans to work hard?, let them compete positively each community aginst one another in the development of this beloved country. You will be supriced at how great the potential of this country and her people is.

  13. Jagero says:

    To Barack, Daktari; Kibaki is a politician and a lier at that and will wear a brave face even infront of all adversity. He knows he is loosing but will fight to the end, however he will not be able to affect the operations of the next Government after he looses. He can not use the military or the police force for anything sinister even if he wanted to because the Generals Know about the Hague and Arusha, remember we live in a Global village. They are trying all that they possibly can but the Pentagon is like steel, ODM is well integrated up to the grassroots and Kenyans are well informed and generally decided for change. All the Pentagon needs are more themes of debate, campaign strategies, funds for effective campaigns and continous communication with people in the villages convincing them why Raila and why ODM is the best chance for Kenya since indipendence (spread the Gospel).

    Mkenya; Everybody wants Majimbo including our brothers from central Kenya and they have said as much in several fora. Remember the constitutional Referandum?, majimbo was one of the chief tenants in all the four drafts i.e CKRC, Bomas, Naivasha, Kilifi (Wako). Majimbo was never contentious. As long as our brothers from central Kenya have the Kenyatta, moi adultarated indipendence contitution and power which make them the gretest beneficiaries of the central goverment they will fight to retain the status quo but will change tact as soon as power slips from their hands. The greatest agitators for devolution during the Moi era included our brothers from central Kenya.

    Majimbo as spelt in the Bomas draft (the ODM type) will not allienate anybody. If I live and farm in central Kenya, it is only fair that I pay my taxes to that Jimbo and be involved in its development (read good road networks, electricity, education, Hospitals etc) some of which will improve my bussiness directly and others indirectly like human resource development for future improvement in my bussiness.

    Jimbos that could be considered poor today are only poor in the eyes of the short sighted as they have a very high potential in terms of resources that have never been tapped. This is where the central government will come in. Does affirmative action ring a bell?

    Take North Eastern as an example. Livestock farming for beef can be improved to make it the chief chief exporter of beef and beef products to the middle aest and European countries. Remember thousands of camel being exported to Saudi arabia and Australia from North Aestern province. A central government affirmative action policy to add value to the products will actally have Kenyans migrate to this Jimbo to tap on this great economic potential. Another activity would be poultry farming from parts of North Eastern and Eastern jimbos. Horticulture and fluoriculture can be the main activities in parts of Eastern and Rift valley jimbos.

    On the issue of cohesion; Kenyans have never been that cohessive in 45 years yet they have always had a central governament. Probably active integration and involvment of people from all the tribes in their jimbos will make us more cohessive as nobody will have undue advantage over the others. The assumption that devolution can only work in large nations like the USA does not hold any water. Look at Belgium the (EU capital), Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, South Africa, the USA and many other countries all have federal systems of government anf are some of the most developed countries.

    You want Kenyans to work hard?, let them compete positively each community aginst one another in the development of this beloved country. You will be suprised at how great the potential of this country and her people is.

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