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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Phil You Were Right And I Was Wrong About Majimbo



Those who know me well know that I usually have no qualms admitting my mistakes as and when I make them. In this regard I was wrong about Majimbo and devolution in the Kenyan context as per the draft Bomas constitution being the same thing. They ARE NOT.

You were right PHIL. And I was wrong.

I have been convinced about this by an authority on the matter, Law scholar Dr Patrick Lumumba or PLO as he is known to many, who was amongst the architects of the Bomas draft and an aspirant for the Kamukunji parliamentary seat.

Lumumba says that there is a huge distinction between the Majimbo (federalism) system of government in the Kenyan context. This is because in Kenya it means balkanization of the country into ethnic and tribal enclaves.

However true devolution and with the variants applied to the draft Kenyan constitution it means a trickle down of political and economic power to the grassroots. The right Kiswahili translation for devolution here is usambazaji or ugatuzi wa mamlaka

Phil who also supports devolution in Kenya or Usambazaji wa mamlaka was of course spot on all along.

I apologize to all you Kumekucha readers out there for misleading you on this very important national issue. Kindly accept my apologies.

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5 comments:

Proud Kikuyu Woman said...

I've doubted your personal team 'research' before, your 'unbiased' reasoning and opinion, and now your understanding of concepts, phrases and mere words is in question.What else is in store, I wonder? No apologies.

Phil said...

Thank you Chris.

You have been off track on numerous issues, but we must agree to disagree.

I hope you will go further and investigated the genesis of Majimbo in this couuntry, starting with Lancaster House and events leading to 12th December 1964. I hope you will not fear naming the traitors who betrayed this country - one of whom is your hero.

Taabu said...

It is not the anitthesis of psychophancy to figuratively bite the very hand feeding you. You unwittingly take the intellectual wind off your sail by chiding a honest apology. Come on people nobody has monopoly of ideas and accepting shortcoming is the genesis of growing tall. Flogging a sleeping horse is no measure of smartness, or is it? Let us move on.

macs34 said...

When a man admits a mistake, humans will always say, he is coward, when he doesnt people will always say he is proud! Chriss soldier on!

Anonymous said...

I am pleased to announce a breakthrough that will avert disaster in Kenya .I can safely say that Mt Kenya region will defect in mass and vote for Raila Odinga is raila agrees to the following .

1. That a Majimbo system will be instituted in Kenya with a 75:25 system that will have regions keep 75% of earnings and give 25% to the central government
2. That regional governments will be given full autonomy in all matters apart from defense ,judicial and foreign affairs
3.That a congress involving all Kenyans will be constituted to negotiate a new formula that will redraw provincial boundaries that will form the basis of provincial regional governments
4.That Odm guarantees the free movement and settlement of all Kenyans within our international boundaries
5.That constitutional changes will be made to ensure regions and their legality will be enshrined in the constitution
6.That regions will have full powers to adopt suitable systems to maintain regional power including law enforcement and some judicial powers

If ODM can confirm that odm will accept the following requests and accept IT to a binding MOU on this issue I can guarantee that THEY will have the support of the Complete Mt Kenya Region and we will go ahead to build a prosperous Nation

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