November 23rd 2017

Opinion / Commentaries

Those undermining Chebukati don't love Kenya

Ms. Connie Maina, Prof. Abdi Yakub Guliye and Dr. Ezra Chiloba may have political protection when openly undermining the Chairman. But such defiance is short term. Governments come and go, but institutional memory is permanent.

By Donald B. KipkorirTuesday, 24 Oct 2017 08:36 EAT

President Uhuru Kenyatta meets IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati last evening.

The Executive is represented by the President. Cabinet Ministers that form the Executive can’t undermine the President even if they disagree. And in cabinet meetings, the President’s word is final. Disagreements within the cabinet never come out to the public. The President is the symbol of executive power and can never be undermined. The Presidency is the symbol of our nationhood.

The Judiciary is headed by the Chief Justice. There are nearly 200 judges and over 400 magistrates. The Judiciary conducts multiple colloquium on how to advance the course of justice. There are as many varied opinions as the number of judges and magistrates, but no one undermines the Chief Justice in private or in public.

In the National Assembly, MPs are from diverse political parties and persuasions, but the Speaker’s word is final. He is never undermined by even the most vociferous MPs.

Then why do we cheer when IEBC commissioners undermine their chairman? Ms. Connie Maina, Prof. Abdi Yakub Guliye and Dr. Ezra Chiloba may have political protection when openly undermining the Chairman. But such defiance is short term. Governments come and go, but institutional memory is permanent. Once one accepts to wreck a system from within, the Deep State knows you have a price, and you can’t be trusted. You will be dropped once you have completed your mercenary mission.

And in cheering torment of Chebukati, we are basically telling all, and especially the youth and children, that it is ok to undermine a head of a constitutional body. In whatever we are doing, we must never let people believe that we can ride the tail of a tiger! It is hard to tell them later to dismount.

If we love Kenya, we must protect and respect Chebukati.

The writer is an Advocate of the High Court.





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