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BEACON OF DEMOCRACY

State eroding democratic gains

Judiciary and Legislature under siege, hallmarks of one-party state perfected by Kanu regime.

In Summary
  • Many lost their lives, others were detained, displaced or scarred for life in the independence and later Second Liberation struggles.
  • The liberties we current enjoy were not handed over on a silver platter and it is therefore disheartening when these are selectively applied.
Kenneth Matiba, James Orengo and other leaders stage a protest on July 7, 1990, a day that later came to be known as Saba Saba.
PIONEERS OF CHANGE: Kenneth Matiba, James Orengo and other leaders stage a protest on July 7, 1990, a day that later came to be known as Saba Saba.
Image: COURTESY

Kenya's fight for independence and the journey to multi-party democracy was marked by many sacrifices.

Many lost their lives, others were detained, displaced or scarred for life in the independence and later Second Liberation struggles.

The liberties we currently enjoy were not handed over on a silver platter and it is therefore disheartening when these are selectively applied.

 
 

Focus currently is on fighting the fast spreading Covid-19 pandemic and all energies and resources should be channelled towards this.

However the Public Health Act has been turned into a political tool against those not currying favour with the government.

State-friendly leaders are allowed to continue with public meetings without disruption while perceived enemies of the government have to contend with teargas anytime they try to assemble.

Court orders are disregarded with abandon, bodies like the Nairobi Metropolitan Services are created in total disregard of the law and spurious charges are levelled against 'state enemies'.

The Judiciary and Legislature are under siege, hallmarks of a one-party state  perfected by the Kanu regime.

The opposition is all but dead because its leaders are in bed with the government.

Kenya is a beacon of democracy in the region and any attempts to erode the gains must be strongly resisted.

 

Quote of the Day: “The power of the ballot we need in sheer defense, else what shall save us from a second slavery?”

W E B Du Bois

He became the first African American member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters on June 22, 1943.