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Let us all participate in our Kenyan AGM on Monday

28 February 2013, 16:31 Paul Orodi

Kenya is on the last lap to make a system change in its governance structure.

This is a very crucial stage in any organization’s journey and without a doubt Kenya falls in that bracket.

With a new constitution as a policy guide, we are heading to the polls to make a decision as shareholders to decide who is best to implement the laid out policies in order to ensure a successful development or progress.

Laid before us are eight people who have decided to offer their services in order to ensure we achieve our goals or objectives.

Seven men and one lady, not a bad outfit but I think a lesser number or more women would have painted a more glamorous package.

These persons have been interviewed on live national television and as I write this article they are to be grilled once more tonight.

The body we, shareholders, have contracted to carry out a fair exercise of managing the election process is in play to ensure success on their part.

As a citizen who is able to view politics and governance at a national stage, I think they will not let us down.

The systems put in place to ensure the process is without flaws are just magnificent.

Vote tallying will be conducted at constituency, county and national level and the commission has also mechanized the system to ensure data is secured through information technology systems that are highly secured by Safaricom Company technicians and machinery.

At the polling station, there are procedures to be followed by the voters so as to ensure a secure and smooth process.

Finger print detectors and clerks to verify other data is without a doubt a strong measure to ensure no double voting or rigging.

However, with all the measures taken by the independent body, there is word going round that the polls might be rigged.

That is not for me to know or determine because as a shareholder, I have granted authority to certain bodies to ensure that any hitches that are caused intentionally are dealt with through appropriate laid down measures. Bodies like the judiciary, the attorney general, the director of public prosecution and the police.

I expect that all these bodies will be in action to ensure that I am not taken for a ride by anyone at whatever cost.

With the recent formations that I have witnessed as a citizen, I think we are able to conduct a process that is cushioned on every side.

What remains now is to decide as shareholders whether we will be a calm crowd and not throwing chairs and AGM pamphlets.

It is very important that we as a people ensure that we conduct ourselves in a manner that shows our solidarity in all the bodies we have mandated to handle all corners of the journey. When you own something, it is only natural to value it.

As a Kenyan citizen each one of us has a stake in this country.

In whatever way - whether you are a wealthy person or a peasant, the fact that you can walk freely in this country and perform any activity to benefit you whether financially or emotionally gives you the right to own a stake.

The government is formed from your consent but now on a very minute scale, you have a say.

This gives you pride and prestige to share in the resources and the protection allocated or provided by the government, in a company it is dividend.

With all these parties - the shareholders, candidates for management at whatever level, the election management body and the bodies that will ensure a smooth process in play - I personally think I should watch the process and see what happens.

We should all pour out in numbers come March 4th to ensure we make a decision that reflects our aspirations for this country, we as individuals and our descendants who will come after us.

This is our moment of decision and the only way to test the structures you have contracted to run affairs is by participating in a process that they will all bee involved to produce a result or assessment report.

If you have a vote please do Kenya an honor of casting it come that very day, I sure will cast mine the earliest and sit back to watch what transpires.

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