“There cannot therefore be a single system of governance in the Universe. And to suggest that governance ought to be under Democracy in the whole world would be a boring and an irresponsible excursion. Let universality give birth to pluralism.”
These sentiments were raised by a Chinese student on the American soil during a Ted Talk Show. He was adamant and probably unshaken that America had a worldwide agenda that had already bloodied the world. The speaker moved from the times of peasantry activities in China at around 1948 and elaborated why and how The Chinese People’s’ Congress otherwise called The Party had unified The Peoples Republic of China (PRC) and through five decades the economy of China is now the second to The United States.
Amongst other things they say, Democracy is a cycle of Elect and Regret. And as I shall try to elaborate in my next discussion that it is evident in the current situation in most African countries. Yet it is lauded as the most convenient system of governance than Socialism that entrenches itself into the service of the people.
One would want to question therefore, if Democracy was such a hallowed system of governance how come the worst of them all, a repulsed system,and a form of communism is now coming up and redefining Chinese economy. Let alone the so called pillars that sustain the economic wheels of the PRC. I must therefore be tempted to think that Democracy is a stifling mechanism employed by the Western Countries to wipe out any space coverage by countries that are almost hitting the mark. Democracy is best suited for countries with a cohesion, which have attained certain levels of education and whose populace can reason out and the law is fine and crisp enough to hold accountable every single individual. It is a sound system of governance for countries where the people themselves can debate a bill placed before parliament. It works better when they do not need civil service or the members of the Assemblies – National or otherwise to explain to them because they have in mind the full repercussions of such legislation. Democracy is only good in its current form if Poverty index levels and diseases have been directed to flopping direction.
But in a country where Malaria is still a scourge, HIV stigma is on the rise again, dissatisfaction among the youth cannot be rated, and importantly, population parameters point south of the economic prospects- We do not need Democracy. In its current form, we do not need it if the educationists cannot be trusted to craft a system of education that assures each individual a right to some level of societal dignity regardless of the level attained. We do not need Democracy if the very tenets that support it are annihilating the breakthrough of civil liberties and greed is now breaking down an already broken economy. When all everybody knows including school truants and drop outs in the hamlets understand ‘tyranny of numbers’ as the Biblical beast. And when the leaders who would inspire a hard working attitude amongst the newgeneration actually enjoy the looting. In return there is a buildup of sycophancy even in the elitist class from a very tender age. We are therefore sharing out this country to a few people- those with the ability to rip off or those related to people with ability to do so. Yet these hard truths must be looked at from a clear perspective. As a fraternity we need to change our way of looking at this whole imbalance.
So must we change the eye through which we peer into the mystery of Africa. It would be best to understand that we cannot be United States of America. Neither can we be China. It is upon us to craft our own civilization and reject any notion by any other state or nation that they could, upon us, effectively impose dominance. Because we all understand with a better view the African problem. In this regard we must embrace good leaders and reject the ones that are full of impropriety. In doing so we must claim our right. We must eradicate the poverty in our outposts, we must reject depravity of any form in equal measure. We must therefore redefine how we want to be governed because we understand ourselves better than the outsiders.
As most people believe, I also do. Gadhafi was not a dictator. He was an intelligent ruler who understood the jurisdiction of operation and the hostility of his people towards anything that was not natively suited to them. Again every system cannot miss to have flaws. In Kenya we have the post-election violence, in Rwanda we have the Genocide, and in The US we have the Civil War that claimed Lincoln. Even in France we have the Bloody French Revolution that ended up claiming the King and Queen as well as the architect of the whole Revolution. A republic is not born only out of independence struggle. A republic is watered by the blood of political martyrs. And for this course, leaders in various countries have killed and sustained their territories. Again my opinion in that regard is that neither Saddam Hussein nor any of the Arab Supreme dictators were dangerous to a system of governance. The World came into Africa and fought against the best Africa had in terms of leadership and we cheered the whole American lot. We jeered at our brothers as they were maimed. But this shouldn’t surprise a soul. For long before that we had sold each other to Slave traders. It is completely no surprise.
But this rant must have an objective-
Democracy can only be good if it is fashioned out to serve the people and not when it is plagiarized from high ends of the universe and peddled in form of a paper constitution. We need a Social Democracy in this country. The principles guiding us have no social base in them by any means. They are capitalistic and they are bound to wreck the societal peace and order that we have for so long enjoyed. This is entirely because, when the laws of nature are not followed to the letter, then there is no natural order or flow of a system. I mean – if all the powers of appointments and legislation are as it stands in the disorganized parliamentary caucus that we have at the moment, then God save Kenya. We are at a needle balance. We do not even know what shall befall us.
A good system of governance must reflect meritocracy. It must reflect the endearing experience of the representatives. Meritocracy on itself is a show of an emboldened personality. Leadership cannot be something that happens by accident. Drawing from my high school model- The School Captain was a tested and proven person. He was a person of outstanding character, a person that could be chosen by everybody around him, though that was not their responsibility. A school captain had gone through ranks of governance, asserting his prowess and dominion. Declaring to one and all through action that he was the best person. There would therefore be no regrets whatsoever.
Yet this system of leadership selection is not just a reserve of schools. Every successful Engineering Consultancy firms have the person with the most experience, dedication and discipline being at the helm of it. The criteria of selection is not based on who has the most amount of money. It is measured by the dedication and the zeal- it is tested by subsequent appointments which later confirm that in deed the person in question has the capabilities and he wields the power to radically change the way things are done or improve the way things have been done.
This important tendency of ensuring that you have the best was embraced by the Chinese people. While they maintained their cultural exception they embraced a form of Marxism that was out to change the country’s discourse for the better. Structures are laid in this system in a way that no other government can ever do. Using the existing structures, the government has industrial zones, educational centres that are managed from well above right from the village level. And China is populous. The government in its sense has its own research firms that reach the ground to find out if the service delivery is up to the expected level of satisfaction, or if the industries are playing a suitable role they are supposed to. These are truthful organs under the government that play an important economical role. They give feedback that then helps the government to asses it service delivery to people.
We cannot thus be blind to such small systematic plays of organs that are important in the demystification of the economic problem. We cannot decide to be blind that in our very best of judgment, the current assertion that we need the Democratic space we have is out of place.
As engineering students, most of us understand that we actually facilitate and implement what we are asked to. We are sure that if the system of governance has too many hurdles as it is- too many self-imposed watch dogs with a solemn aim to bite something off from the procedure, we cannot overhaul the systems of this country. We therefore are sure that if the system of governance in this country change, even to reach the levels of Rwanda, Kenya will be genius.
At this rate, there is just too many people in the food chain who are particularly not doing anything. The politicians are wild and the upcoming politicians are hungrier and the nation is up for grabs.
But I must express also my dissatisfaction at the thought of allowing the current crop of leaders to take this nation into a “serious mood”. The current crop of leaders are best in this system. If they were to fashion out any other system of governance- it would be another fabrication of the foolish indecent Iddi Amin or Gen. Sani Abacha. Because if in the open as it is now, they are privy to the looting that is taking place and they have the knack to prosecute those who stand up to them, then I am damned if they were in the shoes of Kagame they would have any key agenda on their mind.
Longevity in power has never been an African problem. The problem has been and still is how much of the subject’s welfare is still in their heads. After all we had chiefdoms and monarchs which were hierarchical in nature.
There is a need to remodel our way of doing things such that we can have a nation first. We have to remodel our identities and lose it in the process. We must probably redefine if it’s any important to have this constitution any more especially its political framework. We have to have the echelons making the decisions for the posterity of our nation. An observation I would say, the nation is at cross roads. We can as a people continue living in this miasma of a phony ‘Free World of East Africa’ or wake up and confront the problems of the current system.
This must be however understood, that if the best of the best that rakes in Kenya most money in form of tax returns does not use the system that is now nationally accepted- then it is irresponsibly for this country to milk them dry and waste away their sweat. It is time we understood that whether we like it or not – the cohesion of this country can only be attained by a change in most importantly the political ideology. Without which, the shaping of the country’s destiny is left to question.
Think about this- Prosperous 2016