The handshake has divided Jubilee and decimated Opposition
SEE ALSO :All set for revamped Kisumu port launchBut when a private agreement is presented as the basis of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) that has as its objective to unite the country then the public deserves more information and involvement. Everywhere folk are questioning the motives of BBI since some key figures were excluded from the outset and then invited later as an appendage. This can hardly be the basis for inclusivity in an honest, cohesive exercise. The whole talk has quickly moved from that of peace and nation building to demanding a referendum. The ruling class or at least the handshake proponents want a referendum but none of them is telling Kenyans what the question or questions will be. Critical observers are already suggesting that the BBI has a predetermined outcome and that the referendum question is only one and that is the creation of a Parliamentary System to replace the current Executive one. Besides, the motivation appears to be to create jobs for the boys – no girls – so that the current crew can enjoy the same privileges and powers for the foreseeable future. There is little talk in any forum of electoral reform or justice for the victims and survivors of the 2017 election violence. Not a word about implementing the TJRC. This may well prove an erroneous and cynical analysis but in the absence of clear and inclusive benefits from the handshake then suspicions will abide. What has emerged to date is that the handshake has merely divided the ruling party and decimated the opposition. That is not something to be proud of. Is that a worthy outcome and where is this leading to? There is a notable disquiet in the Rift Valley and that is understandable if not excusable. That needs to be addressed prudently and positively otherwise we just replace one political conflict with another. The absence of an opposition in Parliament is an injustice to the voters and is leading us back to the dark old days of the one party state and a single narrative on all matters. Dissent is almost viewed as unpatriotic anymore and rational, informed people of conscience are sidelined or inconspicuous. The handshake has led us to unfamiliar but mostly unhealthy territory and we must tread with caution. The creation of a Super Minister just confirms that we have an extremely weak and incompetent Cabinet. The time is ripe for something new to emerge out of the confusion for the handshake has too much of an unhealthy grip on the country at the moment. - Gabriel Dolan [email protected] @GabrielDolan1
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