Yesterday’s move by the president not to ascend to the finance bill passed by parliament was the best gift the president offered Kenyans. Perhaps acting from pressure that had mounted from Kenyans and civil society groups, the president cited the move by Mps as unconstitutional and also considered the prevailing economic situations currently being experienced in the country as his reasons for not signing the bill into law.
The bill as passed by parliament saw the selfish Mps award themselves a Sh2b in bonus when their term in office expires.
Even as the president refused to put his signature on the bill, one thing is clear; our members of parliament are selfish and only think of their interest. They should not use the president’s decision as an escape route. Already, Kenyans know the type of leaders they have and will have come the next general elections. The Mps move is enough reasons for Kenyans to send all of them parking. We cannot have a country where leaders, without considering the current prevailing economic circumstances in the country, go ahead and award themselves a huge send off package secretly, burning the midnight oil in the august house, while they are slow in implementing some of the most crucial bills.
Thanks to our new constitution, Kenyans will not continue sitting down and watch while they are being molested by their leaders. This could just be a tip of the ice berg for all other leaders who practise impunity and only put their interests first.
The most disturbing thing is how some of the Mps were going round the country criticizing the move by their fellow mps to award themselves with the huge package. The same Mps, some of whom are presidential aspirants were in the same house while the bill was being passed and this makes no difference. Just which Kenyans are these leaders serving?
The elections are just five months away and Kenyans need to be on the lookout. All these leaders fate seeking to vie for elective posts belongs to our hands. What makes us think that they are going to change after putting us through all this anguish? We need fresh leadership, fresh minds that are going to take our country to the greatest height of leadership. All these depends on us, as Kenyans, do we want the country at the palm of our hands of at the palm of that selfish leader who after getting your vote knows nothing about you? We should not let ourselves be manipulated by empty promises.
All in all Kudos to the president for rejecting the bill and putting the Kenyans interest first.
Nixon Kanali, Kenya Institute of Mass Communication