Government officers should be appointed based on merit
16 November 2012, 10:02
When we voted in the constitution, it was clear to us that one of the benefits would be fair appointment of cabinet secretaries and other senior government officials based on merit and integrity matters.
This was seen as a means to achieve developmental goals since appointments would be based on who knows what best rather not who knows who best.
This seems to be losing its value with the formation of new scrupulous alliances that are founded on the basis of sharing cabinet slots and other senior government positions.
In recent news, the media has repeatedly reported on the terms stipulated in the Uhuru and Ruto deal that might culminate in an alliance. The most outrageous promise made between the two may just be the one that touches on the sharing of slots and other top ranks within government.
Alliances are not a bad idea if you know what you are doing and it is being done in the interest of the people and the nation. However, alliances that stipulate the mode of sharing slots in government is no good deal and instead slots should be appropriately discussed upon receiving letters of application.
No appointment should be made based on the party affiliation of an individual but rather on the qualification and suitability of the candidate.
Since independence, cabinet slots and other top government ranks have been distributed as gifts to the people or communities who voted in favor of the president and this has dearly cost the country a fortune.
No merit was being considered and job performance was just but a phrase in the English language.
Ministers and their assistants looted money in billions and no one ever cared to follow up because after all it was the president to appoint and dismiss at will.
Whenever someone shifted allegiance, he or she was automatically dropped from cabinet without second thought.
Ambassadors and other senior diplomats, ministry officials and provincial administration personnel were all appointed based on loyalty and closeness to the man at the top and his inner circle.
This culture is on the verge of extinction and it should remain that way.
The idea of sharing slots in cabinet and other offices of government is a clear sign of retrogressive development.
We as Kenyans need to embrace the spirit and letters of the constitution and ensure that our rights are upheld by whoever is seated at the house on the hill.
As a Kenyan I cannot sit back and watch as I am violated in broad daylight.
I want someone who can deliver in terms of development and other societal goals.
Vote wisely for people who view Kenya as a country of 40 million Kenyans and not their own back yards or homesteads.
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