THE BEAUTY OF DEVOLUTION

 
The times of local politicians singing like school choir boys when the big gov’t fish from Nairobi were in town went with the promulgation of the new constitution in 2010.
 
With devolution, the government mandarins will no longer sit in Nairobi and decide which part of the country will receive “development” funds, according to how they were perceived to be in support or against the government of the day.
 
While Linturi rapped about putting all the Meru people “in one basket” (just like you do with potatoes) and Kiraitu (this guy can laugh) talked of the “mbus” being stuck in JAP; yet another governor bared his mettle and told the DP to his face that, he will not be joining JAP any time soon and he will be using a different party to defend his seat come 2017.
 
Peter Munya is the second Jubilee governor to publicly defy his party bosses in Jubilee, after Bomet’s Isaac Ruto exchanged bitter words with the DP in a public rally in Bomet, some time back. In December last year, Mombasa governor Ali Hasan Joho told the president and his deputy in a public rally, that he is a captain of another team. So they shouldn’t expect him to play ball for them. He reminded them that he is still the governor of Mombasa and the president trying to sideline him while on a working tour in the county was in bad taste.
 
Will these counties whose governors have shown open defiance to the powers that be still receive their share of county allocations? YES! because the constitution demands so. During the times of Moi, such regions would be completely starved. Thank God that is not possible in 2016. And now, that is the beauty of devolution.
Maybe we might see KRA suddenly swing into action to close Munya’s businesses on flimsy grounds such as directives from above, but the people of Meru will not be denied their rightful development just because their governor exercised his democratic rights.
 
I suspect that we are yet to see the end of such open defiance from grass-root leaders in the countdown towards the 2017 general elections. In short, the times of putting people “in one basket” as Linturi said, or in one “mbus” Kiraitu-style, are long gone. In fact they disappeared with Moi’s KANU.
 
Let leaders start appreciating the fact that the voters also have a sound brain of their own, enough for them to make their own decisions. Sell your party policies but telling people that you want to put them in one basket is the filthiest insult to the collective intelligence of a people. Once again I reiterate that respect is earned not given or demanded.
 
As a leader, if you realize that people don’t respect you, then the problem is not those who don’t respect you. The problem is you. Perhaps it would be the best time to introspect and do some deep soul searching so that you see where you went wrong.
Great leaders don’t need to try so hard to gain people’s respect. they automatically inspire awe and deep respect. El Papa Francisca showed us how, in his recent visit to the country.

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