Laikipia North Constituency has been a dream in the heads of every Laikipiak Maasai, and today we’ve every reason to belief that the long awaited justice day is here. Our call has been answered fellows!
Like many other regions without representation in parliament, our people have suffered a 47 years of systematic discrimination a thing that will be of the past now that we have a new Constitution.
This platform provides us with the legal guidelines when decentralizing eco-political and administrative powers from the central government to the local governments.
Every Kenyan led by reason, true spirit of solidarity, equal recognition and fairness in the sharing of Kenyan resources, supports the Kenyan constitutional idea provided in article 56 that demands the state to include its indigenous populations in national planning as stipulated by article 56.
The Interim Independent Boundary Review Committee (IIBRC) list that was licked to the media just before gazettement should have been gazette immediately. It is disappointing to see how selfish interests can paralyze the great results of a noble job done by patriotic men and women for the good service of our people!
Although the proposal made by the Ligale team is facing some hiccups because some legislators seems to have other ambitions, we from the systematic marginalized communities are certain sure that Ligale and his team followed the Constitution when they granted the marginalized regions representation through provision of constituencies.
Although I maybe partying in advance, I can’t wait to take this opportunity to wholeheartedly congratulate the Kenyans from those areas for holding out so long and for giving Kenya a last chance to gain its honorable place as a nation that takes care of its people.
I know how painful it is to grow as a kid and survive as an adult in marginalized areas like Mukogodo where the writer comes from. I know what it is to see all your dreams disappear on by one until you feel like you’ve never been to school, never been ambitious. I know how it feels to not know how to smile or the pain in your dry lips when you afford a smile. I’ve seen disappointment in the eyes of many parents who cannot help their children and their voices can’t leave my soul.
I’m so happy for the Kenyans in Laikipia, Samburu, Wajir, Mandera, Turkana and Baringo for holding out this long! I’m equally happy for many Kenyans who heard our cries and acted accordingly.
I am so proud of all the civil society organizations who raised awareness about our plight and all those good leaders who heed our call. We sincerely look forward to let Kenyans know that given equal opportunities, every human being can be equally be productive.
Justice must be done soon!
I am optimistic that we shall not be ashamed for the good advancement we’re taking as a nation. Kenya shall be a positive example to all other nations in the African continent to undergo huge transformation without war. We’re sincerely blessed.
Moreover, Kenya has ratified international conventions that it takes care of its indigenous people and that it even went ahead to make this legally binding between Kenyans themselves by promulgating a new homegrown Constitution.
How proud I feel for the first time in my life, for this nation!
We shall uplift the face of Kenya and turn those arid and semi arid regions into homes, which we don’t look forward to run away from, but dynasties we work hard to protect and keep forever.
Now is the time to rise up from our ever-praying knees and prepare us to run the Constituencies and make Kenya proud. We that, we don’t stop praying..
Regarding the legal obstacle that stopped the gazettement of the new Constituencies, I belief that it’s just a hiccup that will soon go away. But if there is any legitimate case as claimed by Nairobi businessman John Kimathi Maingi and his team when they filed a court case to stop the gazettement of the new constituencies, then we let the court decide.
Though it’s very strange that Justice and Constitutional Affairs minister Mutula Kilonzo couldn’t settle the issue with the Attorney General and facilitate the gazettement. Other issues should be solved after the gazettement for the sake of advancement. As the house Speaker Marende said, if you’ve followed the law and deliver accordingly, why should there be any disownment? This is truly a storm in a glass of water
In any other case, let the court decide! This is why we worked for a legitimate system.
However, you cannot avoid wondering why the 2nd of December after the expiry of the Ligale teams mandate on the 27th November? Or even wonder further, why did Mutula dishonor the result of the IIBRC after supporting their existence and work with taxpayers money for all these months!
Furthermore, IIBRC is exactly what it is, Independent! The decisions it makes within its legal framework cannot be altered or changed by anybody including Mutula or public! So the idea of consulting Mutula or the public does not arise. That is the difference between the IIBRC and the now defunct ECK- electoral commission of Kenya. IIBRC do not even have to consult the president before or the Prime minister for before conducting their duties.
But of course if Ligale IIBRC broke any law, then they should be brought to book in accordance with the law. This issue should not be politicized and the Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister Mutula should be a champion in this area.
My advice is that, Mutula should cool down and participate in the gazettement of the new Constituencies before the disbandment of the IIBRC. There are so many Kenyans suffering because of lack of representation.
Thou shall not have their blood in thy consciousness Mutula!
I cannot imagine any Kenyan with sound mind challenging Laikipia North, Samburu or Lchamus’ or the Counties at the Kenyan north frontiers right to equal respect and recognition. I want to belief that those who are challenging the Ligale’s list are not questioning the right for the above regions to run their own affairs in accordance with the new constitution.
Remember that article 56 of the Kenyan constitution is on our side. The Ligale team followed the Constitution word by word on that regard. Personally, I welcome a respectful redress. Of course if there is any crime committed during the process regarding the other portion where some regions may have been wrongfully allocated Constitutions.
I hope we don’t have to await the court case on the 2nd of December, We, the Kenyans who reside in these marginalized regions will soon understand what it is to be a fully respected Kenyan, a wealth producer and a financier of the welfare. We’ll soon feel the sweetness of being a true shareholder of this lovely nation of ours.
Those Kenyans will, for the first time see Kenya in their vicinity instead of having to relate Nairobi with what Kenya is supposed to be. They’ll soon feel they’re Kenyans too instead of feeling like hated and neglected strangers in a non-friendly nation.
We want to enjoy this right sooner than later!
We soon practice the right to attach value to every single living human being regardless of their physical characteristics or belief as long as they reside in the region.
We are all ready to play our diverse unique and valuable roles to attain our fullest semi-autonomy in running our local affairs.
With this justice at hand, the people of the pastoral community and all others who made the region their homes and who also face the same challenges as we do shall once again regard themselves as noble Kenyans. Kenyans protected by a noble constitution and the intelligence of our people with the help of God.
We shall turn every pebble, every sunlight, every skin and hide, every blowing wind into kinetic energy that will drive our Constituency forward. We shall never have to beg anyone for food and other necessities as long as reason leads us to utilize our human resource properly.
We shall deploy the intellect endowed in our children to manifest human restoration in every autonomous policy we make that will bring us closer to where the rest of Kenyans are.
We will utilize the natural resources God has entitled us with, without greed as we mind our environment not only for us, but also for our neighbors and the generations to come.
I am sure Kenya and all our fellow countrymen will see the true look of the good friendly and dynamic face of Kenya in us!
God is for us all!
We are standing-by
Saidimu Ole Ngais.
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