This coalition government can only work better under pressure

The greatest historical mistake to happen to this country was the formation of a coalition government. The face value of it may have appeared to have brought some relative calm and normalcy, given that the political violence and situation at that time poised a great threat to the existence of this nation, but on the sad note the coalition government has subsequently brought more damage, confusion and culture of impunity than the good and before.

Without credible Opposition wing in the parliament the government has continued to collude to trample against her own citizens. The standard of living is rising and the government is telling Kenyans that it is a global problem. What they don’t tell us is that ours is locally manufactured.

A cabinet of 42 members, luxury spending and high salaries for the few is denying majority the access to better livelihoods, health and work. Corruption is still thriving and as we loose the grand regency, so do we loose the Kenya Railways and the 13 billion shilling at the Ministry of heath services.

The parliament has failed to enact laws that are just to the people of this nation and since we have no sufficient voice from the parliament to protect the citizen, the people have no otherwise but to defend their own rights. This is the reason why a man had to risk his life on Jamhuri day to pass a message of concern to the President. This is the reason why Raila and Ruto were booed in Kibera and Eastleigh over Unga issue

The signing of National Accord Agreement was the beginning of this culture of impunity from this good for nothing crop of political class. They immediately abandoned the talks at Serena, abandoned the mediator Adeneji in frustration and completely forgot about agenda four; - the agenda that was talking about the youth and unemployment, the lasting solution to violence, the land reform, poverty and inequity, consolidation of national cohesion and transparency, accountability and impunity.

The political class embarked on power sharing wrangles and blatantly displayed this in sharing of ministerial positions and civil servants appointments.

But the most disturbing thing is the way this government has decided to give a blind eye to the wishes, aspirations and desires of the Kenyan people. To begin with, it has totally forgotten to address the fate of the Internally Displaced Persons. The government has done little to ensure that the families in the IDP’s camps are sufficiently resettled. It is a shame that one year down the line; we still have fellow citizens who are refugees in their own land.

So until the IDP’s rise up to some actions that will give the government some headache and sleepless night, then they will have no option but to continue languishing in the camps, because no one in this government seem to remember of their existence.

Further, this government has not presented a clear roadmap for constitutional dispensation. Kenyans desire to have a new constitution but the government to the contrary, has failed to heed to this quest from the Kenyans citizen.

And while Kenyans appreciate the speed upon which the two key commissions, namely; Kriegler and Waki Commission was formed, our hopes are fading over the commitment upon which the government is having in implementing the recommendations and findings of these Commissions. Waki report for instance has been rubbished by some very key and high profile people in this government; a clear expression of the high level of arrogance that this government is willing to lash on her own people.

So Kenyans should not expect the government to operate on business as usual basis. It is the pressure of the citizen that will make it work and perform. The same way Kenyans stood against the high food prices and escalating prices of maize flour and their voice bore fruits, is the same way they should stand up to make the government deliver on her many unfulfilled promises.

The same way the Partnership for Change spearheaded the non-violence campaign 0f 12-12 2008 is the same way Kenyans ought to carry the banner of pursuit of change in their daily lives.
The passing of the Media offensive bill by the parliament and subsequent assenting on the bill by the president Kibaki shows how this government is neither of the people nor for the people.

The Media’s effort through Media Owners Association was ignored in the formulation of this bill. And though the president has asked the minister of information to review the requests made by MOA, it is a late intervention that has after all come through the pressure put upon the government by media, members of public and section of some private entities.

A little and persisted pressure from the people of this country is the only thing that will make this government perform, for it has shown that, that is the only language it understands and that Kenyans have no one to push their agenda except themselves.

Yours faithfully,


P.O Box 4598-00200

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