CORD to submit 1.4m Okoa Kenya Referendum signatures to IEBC
By Standard Reporter
| November 4th 2015
Below is the Okoa Kenya statement
SUBMISSION OF REFERENDUM SIGNATURES TO THE IEBC:
1. As a country, we are where we have never been before. A situation where the government borrows billions from the international markets and then steal nearly all of it and then goes for another loan has never been seen in this country before. The Eurobond loan was supposed to stabilise the economy. Instead it has wrecked the economy and the government is not saying where the money went. That kind of corruption has never been seen before. At the Ministry of Devolution, it is now clear that the entire operation was entirely about stealing public money. The Ministry of Devolution and Planning is clearly the epicentre of corruption at a scale and a sense of impunity never seen before.
2. There is exam leakage at a scale never seen before. That too is not surprising. The Kenya National Examinations Council was named in the chickengate scandal that also involved the IEBC.
3. The government chose to do nothing because corruption and theft are acceptable and respectable qualities in the Jubilee administration. Those who subvert the law, those who act with impunity and those who steal are the real heroes and pillars of Jubilee.
4. We warned about these things over a year ago. In July 2014, we warned that impunity with regard to corruption had become the norm in Kenya again. Corruption costs Kenya about 300,000 new jobs every year. Corruption has contributed to Kenya sliding steadily down the annual list of Failed States listed by Fund for Peace to 17th from the bottom globally in 2013.
5. Today, corruption has essentially collapsed the capacity of the Kenya government to prosecute one of its core mandates as a State: to protect the lives and property and wealth of Kenyans. Despite promises made that corruption will be eradicated, the menace has resurrected vigorously and has compromised flagship projects of Vision 2030 and new development initiatives.
6. Last July, we warned that the Jubilee Government was mortgaging our country through uncontrolled borrowing. By that time, Jubilee had increased our public debt by Ksh.860 billion in one year from Ksh.1.8 trillion to Ksh.2.6 trillion. This is an increase of 50 percent, is the largest annual increase in our history.
7. On Saba Saba day 2014, we reminded President Uhuru Kenyatta that one of the running themes throughout our constitution are the issues of national unity and inclusivity.
8. Yet the country was deeply split and at war with itself. We warned that divisions along ethnic and party lines posed an existential threat to the idea of Kenya and our very survival as a Nation. We warned that inter-ethnic relations between our diversity of communities had deteriorated to their lowest point in our history.
9. We warned that key State institutions had abandoned the constitutional requirement that the appointment of state officers be conducted via processes guided by the principles of equity, competitiveness and transparency and the promotion of gender equality in the management of public affairs.
10. We demanded a publication by the Public Service Commission of all appointments made in the public service by this government since the election, with full details listing names, regions and percentages. We demanded a publication of the list of all senior public officers categorised by ethnicity, region and gender from the position of Director upward who had been sacked or transferred.
11. All that we warned about have come to pass. But it took President Kenyatta more than a year to come around to see our point. On Mashujaa Day, he was toying with constituting a council of elders and an audit to address tribalism.
12. The country is on autopilot. Ours is becoming a thriller story of Alice in Wonderland type. It is a make-believe fantasy world that even Jubilee is beginning to doubt.
13. We have asked President Kenyatta to tell Kenyans his plan for stabilizing the economy. It is clear he has no plan. We have asked for the plan to end corruption. He has none. Kenyans expected the President to unite the nation and not tear it apart. Now Uhuru says he wants to give that role to elders.
14. There can be no doubt that Uhuru and his regime have failed. We cannot stand aside and watch Jubilee go down with our country and our future. As a country, we have come this far not by luck but by never looking back. We have come this far because each time we have seen our country taking the wrong turn; we have spoken out and acted to save our nation.
15. Our nation is calling on us to intervene for our children and our grandchildren. We must not ignore this call.
16. We are keen to right the wrongs inflicted on the people of Kenya by a government that has become a parasite. We are keen to lay a foundation that can shield Kenyans from the misadventures of a regime like Jubilee now and in future.
17. We have no option therefore but to proceed with the quest for a referendum to strengthen our governance challenges, end corruption, cushion our institutions from a marauding regime, take more money to the grassroots and ensure equity and inclusion in public service appointments.
18. So we return to where we began a year ago; we are going for a referendum. On Monday, November 9 at 10 am.
19. Our country is in bad shape. We have to summon our energy to save it for our children and our grandchildren. We therefore call on all Kenyans of goodwill to join hands with us and save our nation through the Okoa Kenya programme. Join us on Monday.
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