By Amunga Akhanyalabandu.
TODAY’S dailies have headlines indicating that Key leaders in Kenya are burning the midnight oil to ensure that the Key tenates of the BBI Bill are not lost even after the 5 Bench judges annulled it last week. The talk in the Standard and star is, that leaders are preaching caution and agreeing with Musalia Mudavadi solution that it takes the parliamentary way.
We saw this first hand when at a private function with My Kenya. CSs, MPs and governors at the home of Hon Kanini Kega in Nyeri, where H.E. Mudavadi calmed down the angry mountain after the high court ASSULT on BBI.
Speaker after speaker rose up to condemn the judges and the words “we shall REVIST” were evident.
Among the angry speakers was the BBI Secretariat co chair chair Dennis WAWERU who said his team will appeal and fight it out in the courts. The over 50 MCAs present even threatened demos in Nairobi to condemn the judiciary for judicial activism.
Other Key leaders in the region including CS, Joe Mucheru, CS Munya and CS Mutahi Kagwe were cautious but asked Mudavadi to give direction.
When Musalia rose to speak his message to the leaders was ALL IS NOT LOST.
He suggested that after the overwhelming win the BBI enjoyed in parliament and Senate, it was crucial that the process goes the IPPG way incase the appeal process takes long and constitutional timelines are unacheavable.
WHAT IS IPPG
IPPG stands for Inter-Parties Paliamentary Group compromised of KANU, DP, Ford Kenya, Ford Asili and Safina which were the parliamentary parties at the time.
With regard to nomination of ECK commissioners, the IPPG agreement provided for each of the parliamentary parties, i.e. those with more than 5 seats be allocated 11 slots in the commission in accordance with the number of seats each of the parties had in parliament. The parties were then in accordance with the number allocated to them required to forward to the President their nominees for appointment to the Commission.
This was one of the most important moves in bringing about reform to make Kenyan elections more democratic and transparent in 1997, and we saw the benefit in 2002 during the Moi transition.
This is the direction we need to go as a country. After the Nyeri meeting we have seen other parties including ODM issue statements that are in tandem with the call by Mudavadi. The star on page 5 quotes change of heart by Dennis WAWERU who is now in support of the parliamentary route to save BBI.
As Musalia Mudavadi says, ALL is not lost. Let our hearts not be troubled.