By Chaduchi Correspondent, March 4, 2020, 21.00EAT, Kilifi Kenya.
- AN ARTICLE PUBLISHED BY PAMBAZUKO WEEKLY NEWSPAPER ON WEDNESDAY MARCH 4, DOUBTS KINGI’S HONESTY ON HIS MAJIMBO STAND. IT GOES AHEAD TO ALERT PAMBAZUKO READERS THAT KINGI’S INTENTION ON MAJIMBO IS NOW BEING QUESTIONED BY HIS OWN TRUSTED ALLIES.
- CHADUCHI NEWS DISPUTES THAT PROPOSITION THROUGH THIS ARTICLE. KINGI’S THINKING AND VISION FOR THE COAST REGION UNDER MAJIMBO POLITICAL SYSTEM IS BRILLIANT. MAJIMBO IS NOT NEW TO US AS IT WAS ADVOCATED IN EARLY 60s BY THE FOUNDING FATHER OF PWANI-RONALD GIDEON NGALA (R.I.P) AND OTHERS
- FOR CHADUCHI NEWS, SUCH CRITIQUES ARE MOTIVATED BY MEDIA VENOM AGAINST KILIFI GOVERNOR DEVOID OF FACTS. FOR A SOBER-YET-AUTHENTIC MAJIMBO DEBATE IN PWANI, SUCH VOICES NEED TO BE IGNORED
- THE MAJIMBO DEBATE IF WELL MODERATED CAN OUTCOME A TRANSFORMATIVE, PWANI FRIENDLY POLITICAL SYSTEM AND OFFER ALTERNATIVE VISION FOR KENYA’S FUTURE AS PROMOTED BY THE PRE-COLONIAL FOUNDERS OF MAJIMBO IDEOLOGY LED BY NGALA
HISTORY IS REPEATING ITSELF
At independence, the concept Majimbo became relevant in Kenya’s political sphere. Since then the concept has developed to an extent that today it determines the political atmosphere of the country during election. The forgotten history of Majimboism that dominated the political debates of the early 1960s remain relevant in contemporary Kenya. In fact it is more relavant today than yesterday. In that history, the politics of the majimbo debate of the 1960s rooted regionalism in a colonial system of political mobilization.
Those who supported majimboism were minorities fearing economic domination because of the underdevelopment of their regions, or political exclusion in a nation state dominated by more populous ethnic groups. The electoral politics of region and nation took shape within KADU and KANU respectively. Today, the re-revival of majimboism in the re-emergence of Kenya’s devolution after 2010 promulgation of a new Constitution rekindles memories of the Coast struggle for social-economic and political emancipation.
Constitutional claims made by KADU in the early 1960s are now again under consideration by the Coast Political Leadership -the new century majimboist ideas are loud from the mouth of Kilifi Governor Amason J. Kingi- who is also the Coast Regional Coordinator of the Building Bridges Initiative. They are loud because majimboism ideas reflect a fundamental tension between the Coast region and the Kenyan nation. And that tension was not adequately addressed in the independence settlement and even in 2010 Constitutional Framework. The current revival of Majimboism highlights the limitations of the current model of government that Kenya retained from the colonial system thus making regionalism a more enduring political project that the Coast region can maintain and sustain-a political truth that the Coast people need to heed including the writters in Pambazuko who are slowly betraying the UPWANI Spirit.
With the debate amplified by the Building Bridges Conversation, Wapwani Citizens are called to subscribe to the UPWANI SPIRIT planted in our hearts by the Founders of Pwani Nation mainly Mekatilili wa Menza, Ronald Gideon Ngala, Prof. Katama Mkangi, Jembe Mwakalu and Karisa Maitha among others. This is possible devoid of our political differences. One of the most important tools to blare out this chorus is the Coast Media (mainstream and social).
‘THIS IS WHAT WE WANT’ WAPWANI
Resolution 13 of the Memorandum presented on January this year to the BBI Steering Committee by Coast Delegates through Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi calls for an establishment of a federal system of government where there will be Regional Governments while retaining the County Governments. Funding allocated for these Regional and County Governments should take up 70% of the National Government Revenue.
Resolution 14 adds “To ensure that all regions sit on the highest decision making table, we propose expansion of the executive by providing for the President, Deputy President, a Prime Minister, and two (2) Deputies. These positions added, to the two Speakers in the Senate and the National Assembly, Chief Justice and the Attorney General make up nine (9) top positions in the country. It is a recommendation that these nine (9) top positions are shared equally among the regions.
While Resolution 15 proposes for creation of an Upper Coast Region (Kilifi, Lamu and Tana River Counties) and Lower Coast Region (Taita Taveta, Mombasa, Kwale Counties) and 16 prays for recognition of the day (8th of October 1963) when the Coastal Strip became part and parcel of the Kenyan territory under the Constitution.
CRITICISM TO KINGI’S STAND IS FAULITY
Chaduchi news have listened to Governor Kingi severally and will listen to other Coast leaders on the current debate and inform our readers accordingly to separate truth from myths.
On Kilifi Development:
Development facts in kilifi are evident for everyone to see. Even as i write this article, Kingi was is launching development projects in Shimolatewa Ward of his Kilifi County. The people of Kilifi weren’t fools to re-elect Kingi with a landslide victory if they hadn’t seen his development record. In fact Kingi’s development record was the single most selling point of his 2017 campaigns and re-election. He is the only Governor in Kenya who can stand tall and account for what he has accomplished with the money devolved to Kilifi County from the exchequer. Chaduchi News will soon document the development scorecard of Governor Kingi since devolution in 2013
Critics of the Governor are invited to take time and read history books on the coastal people and their push for majimbo. Chaduchi news may not be able to serialize everything in this article. But the journey for Majimbo started way back before Kingi was born. Kingi is simply advancing an Agenda that has always been a dream of the coast people. Being a leader and a son of this region, he has every right to pursue and push the Majimbo agenda just like our forefathers did. Infact the people of coast will see him as a traitor and sellout if he abandons the Majimbo agenda. Long before independence, Coast and particularly Kilifi has always been the epicenter for the push for Majimbo. It is therefore laughable for anyone however stupid they could be to allege that the push for Majimbo is Kingi’s idea. The push for Majimbo by the coast community started way before Kingi was born.
On BBI and Coast (not Kingi’s) People’s Proposals:
With the opportunity presented by BBI, the coast fraternity has been given another opportunity to push for their quest for Majimbo, the coast fraternity has been given another opportunity to push for their quest for Majimbo. We lost a similar opportunity in 2010 because of our lack of unity of purpose. Now the choice is ours. We can elect to be used by the masters who have always been against Majimbo or take full advantage of this BBI moment and unite as a coast people and push for what has always been our dream ‘MAJIMBO’. Sadly the enemies of Majimbo want to make us believe that Majimbo is a new idea created and pushed by Kingi. Fortunately, the people of coast understand history very well and they will not be persuaded into abandoning their push for MAJIMBO. I can assure you that, even if we don’t achieve it during our time, future coast generations will continue this push because that’s what has always been the dream of our forefathers and so is our dream. With or without Kingi, Majimbo will finally come. It may take time but it will finally come. It’s a matter of time because nobody will stop the coast people from pushing for this noble agenda. During the coast delegates consultative conference at Wild waters in Mombasa that brought 300 delegates per Ward across the whole coast region, Lamu and Tana River counties proposed the creation of upper coast and lower coast. Their argument was that since independence, anything earmarked for coast region has always been taken to Mombasa to their disadvantage. To correct this, they proposed the splitting of the region into two. This proposal was actually endorsed by the delegates and hence formed part of the resolutions that were read out during the BBI rally at Mama Ngina Drive in Mombasa.
Anyone purporting that this was Kingi’s proposal is blatantly lying and doesn’t know what really transpired during the delegates conference.
We may hate Kingi but please let’s learn to speak the truth and not misdirecting our anger to our just cause ‘MAJIMBO’ that we have fought for and will continue fighting for.
MAJIMBO IS AN AGENDA TO UNITE US ALL AS A REGION
It is true to say that Devolution, in its current form, is legally weak and not viable for Coast Prosperity. The 2010 devolution can be strengthened where additional power and resources to regions can be injected and protected by a strong Senate as envisaged in the Bomas draft constitution.
As contentions about the correct system of governance are here with us again through the BBI debate, argument over whether each of Kenya’s provinces should become ‘regions’ at independence, with substantial devolved power, or whether they should continue to be no more than administrative units of a centralized state should end with a clear victory defeat for the proponents of a Majimboism.
As we forgive the independence leadership wrangles between two political factions, namely KANU and KADU that emerged over the system of governance to be used in Kenya, we hail the Majimbo proponents: Masinde Muliro and Oginga Odinga (Nyanza-Western Province), Ronald Ngala (Coast Province) and Daniel Moi (Rift Valley province) for their Charisma and foresight. Although the KANU faction (Unitarists led by Jomo Kenyatta) won and constructed a Single Unitary State after a brief experiment with regional government, the social economic and political injustices as well as marginalization leveled against the Coast -as an impact of that political victory is too painful to forget. APWANI LAMUKANI!
What Kingi intends to do or not do after 2022 is really not my business. But Kingi’s business as a coastal person to push for the attainment of Majimbo should be our business as Pwani people. The coastal dream of Majimbo has to be realized and it will take each and every one of us to realize that dream. PWANI KWANZA!