Opposition should be vibrant but not violent
22 August 2013, 18:14
When a new government comes into action, it always has the doubts of the citizens who did not vote for it lingering over its head. This consequently turns into consistent questioning of the government’s moves and activities.
It is only normal and fair that the opposition who happened to lose in the election to actually follow up on every move and keep checks and balances on the whole government. In present day Kenya, what used to be known as opposition is now referred to as the ‘minority’.
The CORD fraternity lost the recent elections contest and as a result is serving as the minority whilst the victors, Jubilee coalition, are sitting at the helm of power. Although the election was said to be fair even by the top-most court, the CORD family felt short changed and to date, they deeply believe that their rightly deserved victory was snatched from them.
Everyone has a right to feel the way they want and to express it publicly in a fair opinion that does not infringe on any other person’s rights. This is exactly what CORD as a family is doing every time they get an opportunity. However, to some extent their cries and opinions are turning into a fighting spree between them and the government of the day.
Recently, there have been calls for a referendum to activate devolution in a faster manner but to a greater extent change the whole governing structure. These are two opinions that are being pushed by the CORD fraternity. One, which involves implementation of devolution at a faster pace, is being championed by governors who fall on either side of the divide but the second which is a call for a complete overhaul of the structure of government is being backed entirely by CORD members. Do we really need referendum just days after a hotly contested general election to change our structure of governance that we as Kenyans are yet to enjoy the fruits of?
Another fight being aimed at the government is by the CORD family who have taken to the podium claiming that Jubilee projects and policies are preposterous. Kenya is yet to have a taste of what Jubilee has in store. There might be big and enormous projects and they even might seem unachievable but there is need to give time and space to have the government do their job and then after five years, we can evaluate the progress or regress made. Nowhere in the world has a government changed lives of its citizens in 100 days not even a year; it is close to impossible.
No one gets into office while bearing prior experience of how to govern a nation unless they are incumbents. Therefore, the CORD coalition should understand that the President and his team might make mistakes and blunders but that is not to mean that they are in office to mess up the entire country. Man makes errors and the President is no exception. He is young and energetic and all he needs is time to analyse the key areas of development and growth. With time, he will grasp the whole routine of leading a nation and that obviously calls for ample time and space.
The minority or rather opposition as it was previously known are bound by the loyalty of its supporters to keep track of what the government is doing and how they are doing it. This is the job bestowed upon them by the voters who cast their ballots that way. Nonetheless, it is vital to separate criticism, checks and balances from constant fighting and rejection. Fighting the government of the day and trying to jeopardise its moves only creates an uncondusive environment both for entrepreneurial citizens and foreign investors.
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