okiyaWhy I totally oppose the total madness of Saba Saba being a public holiday

1. A dialogue between two sets of hyenas is something I can neither work for nor support. The Jubilee side is packed with thieves. The Cord side is packed with thieves in equal measure. Do the two tribal camps want to hold a national dialogue to agree how best they can advance lawlessness beyond where we are today? Who will pay for the talks? Remember the Bomas constitution making fiasco that turned into a money spinner? Do I hear you throw nonsense at me that Democracy is expensive?

2. Declaring Saba Saba (7/7/2014) a public holiday undermines the economy, and is a gross violation of the Constitution that nobody who calls himself a leader or even a citizen should associate with. Who is Raila Amolo Odinga, or Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, or anybody, nay, self-seeker, for that matter, to think that he can issue ruble rousing reckless statements to alter the Constitution of Kenya even for a moment? Such gross violation of the Constitution and gross misconduct is anathema to the Republic and should bar anybody from ever ascending to power, unless he clearly demonstrates submission to the rule of law and to constitutionalism. It is clearly stated in Article 9(3) of the Constitution that:

The national days are—
(a) Madaraka Day, to be observed on 1st June;
(b) Mashujaa Day, to be observed on 20th October; and
(c) Jamhuri Day, to be observed on 12th December.
(4) A national day shall be a public holiday.
(5) Parliament may enact legislation prescribing other public holidays, and
providing for observance of public holidays.

3. Did I hear you say that it is necessary to hold a national dialogue outside the prescriptions of the Constitution? What is necessary for Kenyans can only be as prescribed by the Constitution. Further, the infamous doctrine of necessity cannot be invoked by anybody in the matter herein, because Kenya is an open and democratic society. Nowhere does the Constitution prescribe necessity as a remedy in any situation, because the doctrine of necessity is anathema to the doctrine of rights and fundamental freedoms, and due process which is the basis of the Bill of Rights which Kenyans overwhelming voted for on April 4, 2010. In the enduring words of William Pitt (1708-1778), 1st Earl of Chatham, English Statesman and Orator, delivered in a speech to the House of Commons on 18th November 1783, “Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.” I refuse to be governed by necessity.

4. On their part, the shockingly and disgustingly inefficient President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto should tell us why they fought so hard, to the point they are accused of rigging the 2013 presidential elections, to get into power. Was it about putting a boulder in the path of the ICC, or was it to govern Kenya for the better of all? If they are simply obsessed with the ICC, then let them immediately be locked up or set free, for the sake of the Republic. There is no point dragging their criminal cases any further.
I am totally disgusted by both the Government and the Opposition. None of them means well for the Republic.

Okiya Omtatah is a civil rights activist in Kenya