Kenya’s MPs not bad boys and girls; it is voters who actually spoilt them

What you need to know:

  • One aspect of that was to remove power from the President to dissolve and summon Parliament at whim, and to give MPs a lot more control over the Executive.
  • During the 2007 elections, Kenyan voters put controls on the Executive by voting for a divided government: Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s ODM won the majority of parliamentary seats, while President Kibaki’s PNU came second.
  • But both Kibaki and Raila were living dangerously. Today, the defections have weakened them in Parliament further, and strengthened the MPs’ hands. Raila cannot face off with his remaining MPs because he would become vulnerable.

Once again, President Kibaki has ridden to the rescue.

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