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Saba Saba might distabilise country

04 July 2014, 19:32

Kenya - Popularly known as the date when the opposition went head on against the fierce Kanu regime, July 7th has been constantly associated with chaos and riots. Even after winning the battle for a new constitution, the opposition still wants to have the day to protest against government laxity.

Current leaders pushing for the day to be used as an ultimatum for failed talks are the same who threw stones back in 1991 and 1992 during the clamor for multi party democracy. Back then most o them were university students and a few had spots on the national political scene.

Issues that were pertinent then and that contributed to the machination of the riots in 1991 have long been resolved. The agenda that might spark the saba saba rallies this year are still issues of national concern but which can be ardently dealt with in more appropriate ways.

The constitution that we promulgated as a country in 2010 set the ball rolling for major changes and paradigm shifts in both public and private sector. Among the main changes expected and realized was proper governance and equity. Institutions were created by the constitution that was tasked with achieving these objectives.

With the current progress that is being witnessed in development of infrastructure, expanding of the economy and stabilization of the country’s currency, it is unwarranted to stage protests and riots. Such activities need not be staged in a country that boasts of democratic space among other hard earned achievements.

Terrorism and general insecurity have been on the rise owing to Kenya’s efforts to straighten matters in Somalia. Since our defense forces stormed Somalia to quell the increased militia activities of the al shabaab, the country has been under constant attack from the al qaeda backed Islamic extremist group. This has brought a damaged the façade of our nation on the international scene to the extent of having travel advisories issued by some of our most loyal tourism customers.

In the midst of numerous travel advisories, police efforts to restore stability and security and government efforts to woo investors and tourists we still want to go to the streets to protest? What will it benefit? What can protests solve that constitutional bodies and ‘mwananchi’-backed assemblies cannot?

Opposition has the platform to launch their bid for a 2017 presidential win. All they need to do is focus their agenda in parliament so that Kenyans know their worth. They can also table bills in parliament that will help ordinary Kenyans access government services better and faster. In addition they can go to the grassroots and start initiatives that connect them with ordinary Kenyans. One way or another they will gain mileage and popularity ahead of the next general elections.

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