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Not everyone can be in cabinet

29 April 2013, 12:49 Paul Orodi

With the recent release of persons nominated to spearhead the Jubilee agenda, various quotas have raised their voices in rejection of the mode of selection used in picking the nominees. Some say it is not considerate in terms of ethnic diversity while others are crying foul over the representation of marginalized persons.

The cabinet is supposed to serve the Kenyan people in terms of development and this can only be achieved when professionals are appointed and ethics is considered at a very high degree.

Kenya is in need of healing; that cannot be disputed. However, this can never be achieved through inclusion of every community and ethnic group in the cabinet. Of what benefit will that be economically?

President Uhuru has considered nominating equally in the provinces by nominating 3 from central region, 4 from Rift Valley, 2 from Nyanza, 1 each from western and coast regions, 4 from Eastern and 1 from North Eastern. This is a good way of ensuring equal inclusion in the process of national development and implementation of policies. How fairer can the president be?

As early as Friday, so-called elders from West Pokot were on the media saying their community has been shortchanged.

It is clear that they had Samuel Poghisio in government circles until March 4th when they sent him packing for allegedly being a non-development oriented leader and more so for being in the wrong camp at the right time.

There is no way all the 42 communities can be included in the government’s affairs and that is a fact.

In order to include all communities in government affairs, the Kenyan people decided to have a new governance structure that devolves the funds for development to county level so as to have every county govern its affairs.

The constitution also stipulates that each county shall have its cabinet team to aid the governor in achieving goals and objectives.

In order to connect the counties with the national government, the constitution stipulates that each county shall send a senator to the senate house which will seat at the heart of the country which is Nairobi.

Communities are further included in government through the legislative wing which is actually the most powerful of all wings according to the constitution.

Every community has an MP who represents a constituency in the national assembly; that is quite a good manner of inclusion.

In fact, these MPs are responsible for formulating and amending legislature, vetting and approving the executive nominees and overseeing the operations of government in a ‘checking’ and ‘balancing’ method. That is by far very powerful legion of community representatives.

Let us focus on national development and stop all the bickering on issues that are irrelevant.

Whether your community has a its member in the cabinet or not is irrelevant since the cabinet is for the purposes of aiding the president in development issues and implementation of policies so as to deliver on the promises he made.

After all, we are all to be served by the cabinet whether we are in Mombasa or Kisumu, Turkana or Narok, Kisii or Mandera.

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