Kenya’s recent political reform stemmed from the passage of a new constitution in 2010 that introduced a bicameral legislative house, devolved county government, a constitutionally tenured Judiciary and electoral body. The first election was in 2013. The August 8, 2017 presidential elections were nullified on September 1, 2017 by the Supreme Court, and a new presidential election was held on October 17, 2017. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn in for a second and final five-year term on November 28, 2017.
Devolution remains the biggest gain from the August 2010 constitution, which ushered in a new political and economic governance system. It is transformative and has promoted greater investments at the grassroots, strengthened accountability and public service delivery at local levels.
While economic activity faltered following the 2008 global economic recession, growth resumed in the last five years reaching 5.7% in 2019 placing Kenya as one of the fastest growing economies in Sub-Saharan Africa. The recent economic expansion has been boosted by a stable macroeconomic environment, positive investor confidence and a resilient services sector
Despite the thriller,the foundation of Kenya as one of the most stable county in East Africa block is slowly eroding and has been seriously hit by the spreading wave of corruption and economic gaps created by resources laundering and misuse of offices.
As many reflects on the the 2019,frontier High court advocate Karen Nyamu argues that this was the year,Kenyans almost lost hope but their resilience and efforts to push on was outstanding and salvaged their living standards more than anything else.
“The scourge of corruption in Kenya must be urgently addressed otherwise it could be bring the economy to its knees. As things stand, Kenya is already struggling to pay its debts”. She says.
“This year Kenya has been hit by cycles of economic,political and social drawbacks that has set the dependence ratio at higher level than before,here we are talking of distribution of resources,employment, opportunities ,funds, development and the national cake. We have had policies made but implementation served at a critical survival rate”.
According to her,human manpower has been reduced to its lowest effectiveness as corruption has been scavenging on every last drop of policy out in place.
“The judiciary has been crippled and lamed by the constant fights between itself and the executive while everyone watches with a common knowledge that they are both indipendent organs.Even on a larger perspective,you don’t expect a good meal if you don’t cook well,so if the war on corruption will ever be won,it will be by strengthening the agencies responsible and not overriding their mandate and virtual controlling them.They have to be sure they are trusted, indipendent and not acting bias on justice at the expense of all Kenyans”.
Based on the current stalemate of BBI,the lawyer advices that if it is a decision that affects all Kenyans,then everyone should be subjected to discussion and decision making at all costs and levels.
“If Kenyans feel the necessity of adopting new changes,it is up to them to decide so that in future there will be no finger pointing that it was so and so. Even such, political leaders should provide the necessary political direction that their people and the whole country need”.
Karen Nyamu is a director at the Nairobi water and sewerage companie board and aspires to be on the ballot for 2022 woman representative race to Nairobi county after she previously contested in 2017 general election.
“I’m serving the people comfortably here with the mandate bestowed upon me and in future with God’s grace we shall interact large.For now I want to wish everyone a happy festive season and a graceful New year 2020”.