The Public Service Governance , a non-governmental group, has committed itself to initiating electoral reforms that are aimed at streamlining governance and making way for sustainable development by promoting the “Kenya bila uchaguzi bill’ through a popular initiative process.
The organization believes that democratically elected leadership has, wrecked the economic growth, slowed development and crippled governance in Kenya.
The Organization’s president Ambassador Esther Waringa said that the nation’s economy is always crippled by expensive electoral processes, expensive campaigns and huge budgets that sustain political parties and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission(IEBC).
She believes that the social fabric of the nation is severely affected to an extent of birthing Internally Displaced People(IDPs) after every five years.
Reason For Change
While speaking in Nairobi, the Ambassador cited the elections from 1992 to date and illustrated how the democratization meltdown experienced in every elective process result and the progressive voter apathy there within ,is true evidence that governance by democracy has failed.
She said that the social and political unrest that the country has been experiencing is as a result of elections, the electioneering process and election after effects since violence has been known as an election time tradition that often happens in Kenya after every five years.
“It is time, therefore, to think beyond the elective system of governance and think of a peaceful, enhanced, responsible, accountable and strategic direct leadership way of governing the nation other than through elections and elected representative,’ Waringa said.
According to Waringa, negative effects of elections outweighs the benefit including the social moral decay and tribal divisions, moral degradation and lack of integrity in governance, uncoordinated and bloated governance, lack of positive values as a nation, widening gap between the rich and the poor, and the escalating rate of poverty which leads to expensive livelihood.
The president argued that corporate governance is the alternative form of governance, which through the ‘Kenya Bill Bila Uchaguzi’ PSG seeks to introduce a direct public service system of governance.
She said that the bill provides replacing elections with vetting processes like the one exercised to birth the judicial officers including the president of the Judiciary.