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Kenya’s democracy is ailing and requires urgent treatment

Thursday February 8 2018

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Accusations and counter accusations that have characterised politics in the last two weeks are in bad taste and hurt the economy.

Honchos in the country’s two main political outfits are painting a grim picture of the reality on the ground.

Ruling Jubilee Party accuses the media and the National Super Alliance of being partners in a diabolical scheme to overthrow the government.

The opposition on the other hand says the ruling class is out to bring back dictatorship Kenyans fought against and won years ago.

As is the case during times of heightened propaganda, the masses are taking sides.

What many do not seen to realise is that the country’s economy is taking a beating.

While we may close our eyes to what is taking place, the reality will dawn on us soon.

The issue calls for dialogue and engagement between the two groups.

The Constitution details the rights and privileges of citizens.

The leadership that swore to defend the Constitution must do so.

They should know that the urban and rural hoi polloi cherish peace and tranquility for that is the only way they can carry on with their everyday life.

The promise of development and providing an enabling environment to investors may be derailed if democracy and freedom of expression are curtailed.

Gagging the media by shutting down radio and TV stations is coming at a time the power of the word is needed to advance the cause of justice.

Attempting to impose the government’s ideals through brute force is embarrassing and will not work.

Kenya will make great leaps forward if dialogue is given a chance. What is happening is really discouraging.

Democracy thrives when the media is allowed to operate freely. Gone are the days when journalists were bullied, intimidated or beaten.

Former United States President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was candid when he said freedom of conscience, speech and that of assembly were the fundamentals of any democracy.

One of the most retrogressive things is when hard won independence goes to the dogs and the ideals sought for — even to the point of shedding blood — are not given due recognition.

We need to get the country out of the morass of stagnation occasioned by destroying constitutionalism and its ideals.

If this trend is not given the necessary attention and not addressed now, Kenya could be tottering on the brink of chaos and confusion.

It is not too late to initiate a conversation on the way forward.