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Morality and politics in Kenya today

One of the objectives of law is to take care of the public interests. Any Act of Parliament that falls short of putting public interest first is a sign of moral gaps in society. The most disputed Bill that would give more powers to Parliament and limit media freedom is just one of the many Bills that miss out in the public interest. In the Kenyan law making process there is still more tendency to confine the whole legislative process around self interests such as protecting MPs from the media coverage, avoiding any mention on the corruption allegations involving politicians, increasing benefits and gains meant for serving and retired politicians, and approving international travel packages claimed by MPs and their siblings. This blog story about Kenya is interested in dicussing the moral gaps in society.
Why do elected members of Parliament feel that they are on top of everything? Why do they feel they are so special and above every other citizen? Why are the law makers so blind on the interest of the masses they claim to represent? Why does the law making job become the most prominent job in Kenya today? Why do politicians fear anything that may put them in the corruption limelight?
The answer to these questions may just be summarised into one. There is selfish hedonism in the system that still will take Kenya a lot of effort to deal with. Individuals seek to have pleasure in the sufferings of others. This is moral blind spots in society that may call for a revolutionization of the mental system. It is in the mindset and the way individuals are made to believe that they can be super human beings by running into political positions. This has been there since the inception of the Republic. At the independence, the constitution was drafted in a manner that gave more powers to the Executive, then to Parliament. The Judiciary has been treated as an instrument to justify the two other arms of government but with no teeth to bite the big guys. A real turn-over was introduced by the new constitution in 2010. The powers of the Executive were redistributed to other arms of government including devolved Parliament and the Judiciary. More constitutional commissions were introduced to fill in the gaps of power. The same constitution has left in limbo the question of supremacy. It is not yet clear whether the Senate is the Upper House or the Lower House. The National Assembly still feel that its should enjoy the supremacy that it had enjoyed when the Senate was killed with the first shot of politicians. Now that it has been constitutionally reinstated and fully entrenched, the society has no other means.
Media are seen as gate-keepers and the main interfering institution against the interest of leaders. Since Kenyan media have been known for their bold reporting and investigating approach to matters of public interest, they have become the enemy number 1. After squashing the powers of the civil society, the political elite thought that there should be no more watch-dog in place. Well, in Kenya today, the same legislators have paralysed the civil society through the legislation, Public Benefit Organizations Act that has never been fully implemented. Severally, the same MPs have sought possible means to amend it so to put NGOs on their knees. As this has not fully been accomplished, such free reporting bodies must be tamed by stringent rules. Already the Anti-Corruption watchdo and government bodies caring for human rights have been fully put under control.
This is the situation I refer to as moral gaps in society. It has a lot to do with public morality but most importantly, the attitude of individuals in power. All this has too little to do with the common good for the society. It is all about self-destruction and greed for wealth. Too much corruption will lead the society into self-destruction if not checked by wise men and women in leadership.
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