Activist Okiya (in blue cap)wants constitution amended to make Kenyans vote like Americans. Photo:Okiya Omtatah Okoiti/Facebook.
Activists wants constitution amended to make Kenyans vote like Americans
Activist Okiya Omtatah wants a Kenyan president voted using the electoral collage vote – He believes this will break the cycle of dominance in the political scene by the five most populous tribes Hours after Raila Odinga and NASA technical advisor David Ndii suggested that Kenya should be divided along tribal lines, another Kenyan is against the idea and has another formula. Activist Okiya Omtatah wants a Kenyan president voted using the electoral collage vote to break the cycle of dominance in the political scene by the five most populous tribes. Here is his idea: I, Okiya Omtatah Okoiti, am for self-determination but not through cessation. I strongly believe that we have a design flaw in our Constitution, wherein we devolved all organs of governance except the presidency. Hence, for me, the solution lies in amending Article 138 of the Constitution to devolve the presidency by removing the provision inadvertently created in law for the ethnic mobilisation of the national electorate at presidential elections.
here is the urgent need to fully devolve the presidency to the 47 counties, the way the American founding fathers devolved their presidency to all the states that make up the United States of America. It is only by ensuring that a President is elected by a popular vote weighted at the county level and not nationally that the stranglehold on national politics by the big five tribes will be broken. Each county would be assigned the number of electoral points equivalent to the number of constituencies it has plus one extra point underscoring that all counties are equal.
We have 290 constituencies plus 47 counties totaling 337 electoral points. One would be required to win the popular vote in the number of counties required to garner at least 169 electoral points (being more than half (or 50% + 1) of the points). That way, the big five tribes (Luhyia, Kamba, & Luo (i.e. NASA) on the one hand, and the Kalejin & Kikuyu (Jubilee) on the other), which dominate national politics in Kenya simply due to their sizeable populations will be cut down to size given that significant members of these five tribes are minorities in other counties.