The Kenya Daily Nation reported today that the Kenyan opposition leaders were planning to call for mass action to protest the electoral laws passed by both the parliament and Senate. The opposition leaders were on nation TV claiming that the even the Senate vote was rigged because apparently one senator voted on behalf of another. Never mind that in that vote 26 counties voted to support the amendments against 10. Clearly even if all those absent voted against it, the amendments would have been passed. It is also notable that majority of those who gave their views to the senate elect committee on this amendment supported the amendment and only differed on the kind of backup needed. It is therefore, clear that the motive of the opposition leaders is to get power at all cost and for this reason they must be opposed.
There is a price to pay for committing to follow democratic principles. For example, when the Americans voted for Donald Trump he could not be prevented from becoming president and implementing his political agenda as long as that agenda is within the constitution. If he fails to follow the constitution the citizens have a right to sue. The Kenyan opposition need to know they are “the opposition.” The Jubilee Government happen to control both the Parliament and the Senate. That is not in dispute. They therefore, have a constitutional right to use their tyranny of numbers to push their agenda forward. It is clear on the other hand that the motive of the opposition is to make the country ungovernable and then blame the resulting chaos on the government. It is undemocratic to call for mass action against the National Assembly majority for exercising their constitution right and mandate. If the country is to be governed by mass action then there is no point of having elections in the first place. If the opposition was to win the election and Jubilee called for mass action to reject their legislative agenda then we could have anarchy.
It is time for the opposition leaders to grow up and for the people of Kenya to reject their brand of deadly politics. These leaders are calling for mass action well aware that the country is divided and that if one side hold mass action the other will respond. What is likely to ensue in this case is chaos. This is a route the country has gone through many times before resulting in unnecessary loss of life. It is selfish and must be rejected by all peace loving Kenyans.
It is lack of awareness not to appreciate that the country has moved on from the dark days of dictatorship. We now have independent judiciary. That is only the reason why people like Governor Joho can challenge the president openly even when they know their facts are wrong. I urge all Kenyans to start asking questions instead of following blindly. I challenge all Kenyans to explore cases if any where the Uhuru government has rejected a court ruling and acted to the contrary despite the fact that many court rulings have gone against government . What I have personally observed is that the Uhuru government has appealed decisions that have gone against it and abided by supreme court rulings. There is therefore, no legal or moral basis for the opposition to call for mass action instead of going to court. The only time mass action against the government is justified in Kenya in this era is if the government defies court orders.
By Rev. Dr. Muhia Karanja of Toronto Canada