Tuesday, December 25, 2012

On Political Coalitions

Having an executive president makes the stakes in the race for presidency necessarily high. The stakes are made even higher by the impending cases against DPM Uhuru Kenyatta and Eldoret North MP, William Ruto, at International Criminal Court, and what either of the two winning the presidential seat would mean for the cases.
Voting patterns in the country coalitions mean that coalitions may be necessary component for winning the elections. The election threshold for president as provided for in the Constitution states that, “a person shall be declared duly elected President if he or she is the only candidate nominated for election.” Of course this is unlikely given that several aspirants have already declared their intention to run for president (see their credentials here).
In the alternate the constitution also provides that a person can become president if they, attain more than half of the votes cast in the election plus of 25 per cent of votes cast in more than half of the 47 counties. However as a consequence of our motivations for voting and voting patterns it is unlikely that any presidential candidate running alone can attain this threshold.
Hence the rush we saw the week before last by political parties to form coalitions to meet the requirement that coalition agreements entered into before the election be deposited with the Registrar at least three months before the election.
Ideally coalitions are supposed to be an agreement for cooperation between different political parties on a common political agenda. However from the leadership squabbles emerging from the coalitions formed less than two weeks ago it is difficult to figure out whether the coalitions were formed with a coherent political agenda other than winning in mind.
Even if we give coalitions the benefit of the doubt and presume that they were formed on the basis of a common political ideology/agenda, it is at this juncture difficult to tell what that agenda is. As it stands neither of the two coalitions that have emerged as the forerunners, Jubilee Coalition and CORD (if not in fact, then certainly in terms of press coverage) have articulated a coherent policy agenda with regards to the issues that a majority of Kenyans care about i.e. security or the economy.
In fact from the disputes over presidential candidature, it becomes ever more evident that the main purpose of political coalitions is to clear the election threshold i.e. garner the minimum percentage required votes nationally to win.
However whether coalitions formed will hold until March 4, 2013, remains to be seen, particularly where ‘dark forces are at play’.
What are your thoughts on the coalitions?

Monday, December 10, 2012

Call for Volunteer Bloggers/Contributors!

Does Tribalism make your blood boil? Can You write about it? Can you tell your Kenyan thoughts? 

I AM NOT MY TRIBE is looking for YOU! If you have something to say about tribalism, (negative) ethnicity, peace concerns, political and current events where you are, get in touch, we'd love to share your thoughts with our Kenyan/ global audience! 
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Monday, December 3, 2012

Peace Monitors – UWIANO Platform for Peace Activities in all Counties

The UWIANO Platform for Peace, a Conflict Prevention and Response Initiative constituted and implemented by the National Steering Committee on Peace building and Conflict Management (NSC), National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC), Peace Net Kenya, UNDP Kenya and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) provides a platform for strengthening the coordination of efforts towards a peaceful and cohesive nation.

The Platform is currently implementing the National Conflict Early Warning and Early Response System (NCEWERS) in collaboration with a wide range of state and non-state actors.

Overall Objective:

The Platform requires the services of Peace Monitors (one in each County) to provide support to the implementation of this System.

Duty Stations:

The peace monitors will be based at the County Headquarters to operationalize the UWIANO Conflict Early Warning and Response Centres in the following Counties:

Kilifi, Lamu, Taita Taveta, Meru, Embu, Kitui, Machakos, Makueni, Nyandarua, Kirinyaga, Muranga, Kiambu, Turkana, West Pokot, Samburu, Nandi, Baringo, Kajiado, Kericho, Kakamega, Vihiga, Bungoma, Busia, Siaya, Homa Bay, Migori, and Kisii

Application Procedure:

Interested and qualified candidates should submit their applications which should include the following:

1. Detailed Curriculum Vitae

2. UNDP Personal History Form (P11) ( template provided)

3. Proposal for implementing the assignment (template provided)

Please quote“Peace Monitor – (County Name)”on the subject line. For example “Peace Monitor – (Turkana County”)

Applicants must be residents in the respective counties they apply for.

Applications should be emailed to consultants.ken@undp.org reach us not later than Friday, 7 December 2012 by 12.00 Noon, Kenya Time.

Please see the Terms of Reference, the P11 form, the Individual Contract Proposal form and the Terms and Conditions of Individual Contracts under by visiting the UNDP Kenya Website: