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My Take: Party hopping politics

04, Sep 2016

My take tonight has to do with all the fuss surrounding party hopping. Politicians are fussing over whether the law limits their freedoms to participate in elections or whether it is in fact unconstitutional. Some have even gone as far as to call the clause offensive. But what is surprising, or perhaps not, is how many of them are now claiming that there is a lack of internal democracy in their parties. That, indeed most nominations are fixed. Well, only in Kenya can politicians have such a farcical argument in the public domain. so if parties are not known for internal democracy, why are the politicians in them in the first place? This is doublespeak at its best from our politicians. on one hand they are singing the praises of their political parties. Telling us why certain party mergers and coalitions will deliver democracy, good governance and development. On the other, they are telling us that the very same parties cannot be trusted to fairly run a nomination exercise? What they