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CORD must provide solutions to our problems

By Naomi Shaban | Jul 6th 2014 | 3 min read

CORD has asked the national government to furnish it with a publication by the Public Service Commission detailing appointments since the last General Election and the composition of various senior government offices among other details.

This is laughable at best and the surest sign that the opposition has lost the plot and is grappling with flimsy excuses to try and justify its past perennial failures. Why so?

Anyone who followed the Wage Bill debate might have come to the realisation that the Public Service employs only about 200,000 Kenyans.

Juxtapose this against a population of 40 million Kenyans and one will suddenly realise that CORD does not have even the most basic understanding of the problems that Kenyans face!

Even if the approximate 200,000 public service jobs were given to individuals of CORD’s own choosing, this would still leave millions of Kenyans unemployed! The unemployment rate is not the result of any sort of skewed appointments in the Public Service but an economic one.

CORD should have been busy at work trying to figure out where the other millions of unemployed Kenyans should be getting their livelihoods from.

Of course, since it is clear that its agenda is of a political nature, it will continue to have its eyes focused on the fly that is hovering over its plate instead of on the lion that is devouring the food in the pot.

Regarding the rest of the demands, does CORD want to render the Auditor-General irrelevant? Where in the Constitution does it state that the duties of the Auditor- General will ‘henceforth’ be taken up by the Opposition? Why are they interfering with an office that has been given its mandate by the Constitution and that should clearly be independent from all forms of interference ‘by any person or authority’. How is it that the learned fellows in CORD have forgotten the contents of their law books so quickly?

Rome wasn’t built in a day and to expect the current administration to deliver results barely one year after its election is tantamount to expecting a tree to grow and bear fruit within a day! It is irresponsible to try to convince Kenyans that the problems they face have been caused by the current administration when these problems have been building up from before the country gained its independence.


If the IEBC is guilty of committing such gross violations and frauds as

CORD claims, why did the legislators affiliated to it accept their offices, thereby adding their seal of approval on the validity of the electoral process?

Corruption needs to be tackled but how will a chanting mob, sweating under a hot sun at Uhuru Park, lead to the acquisition of evidence to prosecute the corrupt?

Again, is corruption really about the leaders? Where do leaders come from? Don’t they come from society? Is it not a fellow from the masses who offers himself for electoral position and if successful goes on to become an elected leader? How then does CORD expect the people to produce leaders who are morally upright when it has become the order of the day for every man, woman and child to bribe the police or council askaris when charged with an offence? How does CORD expect society to produce moral leaders when it has become the norm to dish out a few coins or notes to water and electricity service personnel to avoid disconnection to their services due to late bill payments?

The call for the  Saba Saba rally  demands that we visit the past when we should be moving forward and into the future. However, we should learn from the past, not live in it. Saba Saba did its part in history and it will forever be ingrained in our memories, but   now is the time to put all our energies in nation building.


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