Actually, as I understand it, the winner-take-all issue is more about addressing conflict at the political leadership level.
The part of BBI that addresses the plight of ordinary wananchi is where it directs us to move away from value extraction towards value-creation. It is also the part that points out that ours is deformed and dead-end capitalism.
As long as our economic model is wrong, we will get the wrong economic results. So whether we like it or not, we must change this economic model.
That is how H.E. Musalia Mudavadi becomes relevant in this debate. That, winner take it all can only be addressed after addressing the economy.
While discussing winner-take-all issue, we need to realise that this is attempting to solve a political problem which is largely the creation of Kenya’s ruling elite. The likes of Ruto and Raila are the ones who make us see that a winning party has take it all and is eating alone.
There is really no good reason for them to lead us to war just because one side loses. That, for me, is more political nonsense.
And it really does not matter which system of government we choose. It really does not matter what structure we put in place. What is more important is leadership conduct, I.e. whether they will respect the ground rules that we all agree on. AND MOST IMPORTANT.. will our people, the ordinary cotizens have food on the table? Will the economy suatain us? All developed countries in Europe and the Asian tigers have mood away from the politics of winner takes it all, to politics of who can help the citizens bake a larger national cake for all to partake?
In New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Arden just led her Labour Party to a landslide victory. Voters say that Jacinda has performed well on the economy front. Despite covid 19, New Zealand economy grew by 2 digit figures. Her counterpart in the National Party, Judith Collins immediately conceded defeat. Ms Collins took to the podium to promise that the National Party would introspect, make changes and become stronger in discussing the economy.
And in those United States, in November 2000, then Texas Governor George Bush and then VP Al Gore were locked in a fierce contest for the presidency. It came down to the state of Florida and to a US Supreme court decision that stopped the recount of votes.
Bush carried Florida and carried the day, becoming America’s 43rd President. Yet here is what is often overlooked. That not only did Al Gore concede the election, but that as the President of the US Senate he blocked all attempts by Democrats to revisit the election results. That was Al Gore’s last official act in the US Senate.
WHY THE 2 EXAMPLES?
But what is the point, you may ask? Why bring up these two cases as being worthy of scrutiny. One major reason, really. New Zealand has borrowed heavily from the Westminster parliamentary model of the United Kingdom. America, of course, has a pure presidential system.
These are very different designs of government, I.e. governance models. Yet was it striking similar in the two cases is – leadership conduct and Economic safety of the citizens. In both cases, both Gore & Collins demonstrated the kind of conduct we need to see from those who are adjudged to have lost elections. They must concede graciously – or forward their petitions to court peacefully.
Therefore, in all discussions going forward, we must never lose sight of the importance of leadership conduct. We can have the right economic model. And we can have the best governance structure on God’s green earth. Yet if we get leadership conduct wrong, we may not get very far.
This is why, this coming Monday at 11 am, I will be on KBC channel one and I will make a strong case for accountability in government, good governance, sound economic programs as opposed to tokenism, hypocricy and the theater of the absurd that is Kenyan politics. It was not, as one suggested, about blame-game. Rather, it was because I have a full appreciation of just how important accountability is to the good governance framework.
My readers, leadership conduct matters. It matters a great deal. We are where we are today as Kenya not because of winner takes it all, But because of Leadership Conduct. MUSALIA MUDAVADI keeps reminding us that WE CAN come up with many BBIs, or change the constituion every weekend, but without leadership that is moral and upright, it BECOMES all vanity.
Kibaki changed Kenya professional conduct and economic policies.Today Kenya is on her knees econo.ically, NOT because we have a bad constitution, but because we can have a govt where a president and his deputy are at war while the citizens starve. That is bad leadership.