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.
"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
The images from the recent gas attack in Syria, where over 80 people, including babies in diapers, can be seen painfully gasping for air before dying, are heartbreaking. These are a graphic illustration of our collective failure to protect children from cruel and inhuman treatment.
President Donald Trump correctly called it an “affront to humanity”.
The United Nations Secretary General, Mr Antonio Guterres has described Syria as one of the worst conflicts of our time. But what happened in Syria was not a one-off. Everyday millions of children around the world are caught up in crises and disasters, many of man’s own making.