Reuters: Devolution will deepen and solidify democracy in Kenya
On 07 March 2017, Kenya will hosted its 4th devolution conference. No doubt, remarkable progress has been made in the few years devolution has begun in Kenya.
While economic forecasts for Kenya indicate a positive development trajectory, the forthcoming general elections must be seen as an opportunity to deepen and solidify the democratic process; the path that yields sustainable peace and equitable economic governance.
As the polls on 8th August 2017 approach, the main issue in the minds of all Kenyans, is how to consolidate devolution, the best gift that Kenya has had since independence.
But there are also concerns that election-related violence could easily derail that progressive course.
Many have made Kenya a case study, sadly, for the way society can disintegrate itself along ethnic identities in determining power and wealth sharing, including the art of exploiting long-running intercommunity tensions.
Factors that fuel cycles of elections related violence in Kenya include the proliferation and use of illicit arms and the wanton diversion of youthful energies away from constructive engagement.
The upcoming election will be the country’s first polls with county governments in place. The 2010 Constitution heralded a new era of open and inclusive governance best epitomised by devolution, a system that is helping to bridge the development gap between rich and poor regions and brings service delivery closer to the people and empower local communities.
Mr Matthew Russell Lee, who runs a blog called Inner City Press. Over the last 10 years he has repeatedly published malicious, false and libelous allegations about me. This started in 2007 and continues till date. I finally wrote to him to state all the facts, which I am sure he was aware of. He has published my response however the link is difficult to find on search engines. So for the sake of clarity I am also publishing my response on my own blog site.
Here is a message for Mr Lee. “If you want truth to go round the world you must hire an express train to pull it; but if you want a lie to go round the world, it will fly; it is light as a feather and a breath will carry it.” Rev. Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1855) Here is my full response to Matthew Lee. Matthew, For a decade now, you have been on a protracted campaign to publish allegations against me, accusing me of various wrongs including pe…
"Image of a
'stone pelter' tied in front of a jeep as a 'human shield',will 4 ever haunt
the Indian Army & the nation!" Indian Army's Lieutenent General HS Panag, PVSM, AVSM,
(Retd) via twitter. The recent image of a young
Kashmiri man tied to an Army jeep as a human shield was heartbreaking to see.
This is not the Army I know. I am an Indian Army veteran
having served in the Special Forces. I have been in combat and have been
decorated for gallantry. That image is contrary to what
the Indian Army personifies. The Indian Army is a fine institution to which I owe
my foundation to. Countless cheer leaders and
trolls have taken to twitter to insult and abuse military veterans who have
objected to the way the Kashmiri man was treated. One of India's highly regarded retired military generals, Lt Gen HS Panag was humiliated on twitter for having
responded to this human rights violation in Kashmir. abhijeetVerified account@abhijeetsingerApr 16 More
Mr Kenneth Frazier-CEO Merck Today is 19 August and it is World
Humanitarian Day. At a time when the pursuit of profit seems
to override any other corporate mission, Kenya’s fragile, unstable and hard to
reach North-Eastern counties is about the last place any company would consider
spending any amount of resources. Consider this. In 2014, one of the North
Eastern counties called, Mandera, had a maternal mortality ratio of 3,795 deaths per
100,000 live births, surpassing that of wartime Sierra Leone. It is inhabited by a nomadic community, riven
by internecine conflicts, pockets of extremism and cross
border terrorism. Widespread
illiteracy and cultural practices like female genital mutilation and child
marriage ensured women and girls would remain trapped in poverty and
desperation. Only the bravest and optimistic of humanitarian
agencies maintained a presence, amid shrinking budgets for international
development. In 2014, UN agencies in Kenya, like UNFPA, UNICEF
and WHO were looking…