Currently Kenyan hebetate law makers pay tax just for Kshs. 200,000 of the Kshs 850,000 they scoop monthly. Guess what, the President’s salary knows no tax! This is but a dirty example of greed, selfishness and corruption. Try to compare this to the heavily taxed monthly salary of teachers, messengers, clerks or nurses.
African presidents and their appointees use a big chunk of the tax levied upon their pauper-citizens. They also hold big sticks when it comes to receiving fat kickbacks in corruption games. Although many citizens in Africa think that their tax money is used for the development of their respective countries, this is not the case. The so-called development is nothing but bigwigs’ tummies. Does it make sense for tax evaders (however sanitized by their constitutions) to preside over tax matters or appoint the commissioners of tax?
The harmonized draft constitution indeed brings in new breath as far as accountability and leading by example are concerned. It has even brought down the age for anybody that wants to run for president to be just 18. In many African countries, presidency is for old guards.
Our current constitutions have created thugs-in-power in the name of privileges. If we need privileges, they must be for all but not for some fatcats as it currently is. Our rulers are robbing us under the constitutions they call ours. This is the source of corruption, ineptness and bad governance. Up to this point, we’ve nary touched the budget of the ministries of defence that are kept top secrets under the pretext of national security ballyhoos. Who’s the threat here between tax evaders and imaginary enemies?
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Another area the harmonized draft constitution scores high is the issue of devolution. By trimming the power the demigod president used to wage, it will make him responsible and accountable to his people under the law. His cronies and bootlickers will have to find another way of living. The whole African political structure is characterized by exploitation of the majority by the minority. Greedy rulers live in heaven amidst the ocean of abject poverty. This is the major source of poverty and misery in Africa. Without addressing this, all efforts to pull
To prove my point, I’ll cite a few examples. In my province (here in
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Africa needs emancipatory constitutions to forge ahead. These must come from the hoi polloi for the hoi polloi not nawabs in power. It is up to Kenyans to emancipate themselves for powerful political parties in