Kisumu Governor Prof. Anyang Nyong’o, when he launched his book Presidential or Parliamentary Democracy In Kenya? Choices to be made‘, he meant that the debate on which system is better should begin.
Lawyer Miguna Miguna didn’t shy away from the debate, as with many Kenyans, he shared his thoughts.
A presidential system is designed in order that if one loses a presidential election, s/he retires like almost all American presidential losers do. A mixture of a presidential and parliamentary system is the MONGREL system we had before 2010. Kenyans don’t need another mongrel.
Post-election conflicts aren’t caused by the winner takes all system; they are caused by those in power who rig elections, refuse to leave power after serving their full terms and use power to steal, oppress and brutalize citizens. Enforce and respect the current Constitution.
When those who have served their full terms or candidates who have lost elections retire honourably they allow for peaceful successions and enable those with new ideas, visions, ideologies & programs to demonstrate their abilities. It regenerates, renews, stabilizes and develops.
Tyrants cling to and abuse power in both presidential and parliamentary systems. Tyrants loot, torture, maim and kill in all systems. The problem is not the system of government. It is tyrants. Remove them through a revolution and assume power over your lives. #DespotsMustFall
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