An inter-religious grouping based in Trans Nzoia County is rooting for constitutional reforms to eliminate roadblocks which are derailing economic development and cohesion among communities in the country.
Representatives of the Trans Nzoia County Dialogue Conference -which brings on board priests from the Christian, Islam, Hindu and African cultural faiths -expressed fears that the country is headed in the wrong direction and hence requires a quick fix.
“We are proposing constitutional reforms to have a reduction in the number of elected leaders and also have the minimum requirement for the MCAs seat to be a Diploma,” said the chairman of the group, Bishop Emmanuel Chemengich.
Bishop Chemengich also called on the government to address historical land injustices within the country and ensure there is equitable distribution of resources and employment opportunities to promote cohesion.
“A county like Trans Nzoia has many cases of land I injustices which date back to the colonial time that are yet to be addressed despite several petitions hence subjecting victims to homelessness within their homeland,” he noted.
They further advocated for Electoral reforms that will see the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to have a representation from political, religious, civil society and other sectors to guarantee fairness.
The group also cited high polarization of Kenyans on tribal lines grounded on early campaigns for the 2022 presidential elections as a big threat to the Big Four agenda urging leaders from the two main camps dubbed “Tanga Tanga” and “Kieleweke” to tone down.
“We would like to see our leaders to tone down on early campaigns and give room to development till the electioneering time in 2022. The campaigns are unnecessarily raising political temperatures,” said Mr. Hassam Wekesa from the National Muslim leaders’ forum.
They also called on the area county government to ensure that employment opportunities reflect the region’s ethnic representation instead of edging out applicants from the non-dominant communities.