An open letter to the Kenyan parliament


Dear Hon Members of Parliament

Parliament  Road, Nairobi

I hope you have been well this many days.

Five years ago, we elected you to represent us in the august house. In those five years, we as a nation ushered in a new constitution aimed at streamlining government operations promoting fairness and equity and making a government for the people by the people. In the days after its promulgation, you have viciously put road blocks in its implementation and in many instances acted in utter disregard of the law we overwhelmingly voted for. You get an F for that.

One of you, Muthutho, with your help brought to the house a law aimed at regulating when I can drink my beer. He claimed the aims of this act was to ensure among other things education on dangers of alcohol, and restricting access to persons under the age of 18 which are noble but not useful. This law like many others that encourage prohibition help line police wallets with money they collect as bribes whenever they harass hardworking citizens having one for the road. It is time this law is repealed. The law ought to be repealed or abolished all together and local brews should be legalized.

Since the days of the current parliament are numbered, allow me to address those who will be elected to serve in the august house come March 2013. Your first order of day should be to legalize the use of marijuana for recreational use. As it stands, the only people who benefit from its prohibition are the police and the drug dealers. I want to be able to plant my own green garden when and if I feel so without fear of arrest.

While at it, would you also decriminalize prostitution, think about it, a few members of the august house have in the past been caught pants down enjoying services of CSW. I think it would benefit you a lot if they were not treated as criminals.

As you make amendments to the constitution, you must revisit Chapter 4: The Bill of Rights and look especially to repeal

45 (2) Every adult has the right to marry a person of the opposite sex, based on the free consent of the parties.

I know the churches will make noise on this one, but the church doesn’t marry. It should keep away from the affairs of adults. We must not bury our heads in the sand and continue to pretend there are no LGBTs in our society. This article is to be repealed to read Every adult has a right to marry a person of their own choosing based on free consent of the parties. Or do away with it all together.

I also suggest that you remove from the constitution Articles 26 (2, and 4), these two issues are beyond the scope of your mandate. They are philosophical and ethical questions that shouldn’t have a place in our supreme law since as you and me know, in section 4, will be decided by the person carrying the pregnancy and on 2 when life begins is a question of science. Please aspire to separate religion from supreme law. Not every citizen is a Catholic.

(2) The life of a person begins at conception.

(4) Abortion is not permitted unless, in the opinion of a trained health professional, there is need for emergency treatment, or the life or health of the mother is in danger, or if permitted by any other written law.

Lastly, please don’t increase your salaries and allowances. Please vote to have them reduced to reflect the state of our economy and to be taxed on your generous allowances that we keep paying you.

Thank you.

Concerned citizen.

N:B- Please don’t stir ethnicity, encourage corruption and nepotism but be paragons of virtue, aspire to create equality and better management of our resources and if anything please do everything in your power to unite the people of this country. You have more airtime than I ever could gain, make it your duty to teach all and sundry to be citizens of the Universe and brother of mankind. It is behest on us to fight ravages of global warming and aggression between nations, I hope you are up to the task.

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As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

6 thoughts on “An open letter to the Kenyan parliament

  1. foolsmusings says:

    Reblogged this on foolsmusings and commented:
    I love this, we should all send similar letters to our respective governments.

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    • makagutu says:

      Yes we must talk to our elected representatives. It seems to me they have forgotten the first reason we elected them, which is to represent us not make themselves rich!

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  2. mixedupmeme says:

    I am sure you will be posting their response here any day now. Eagerly awaiting.

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    • makagutu says:

      If even 1/10th of them read, there would be hope of response but as it is, I can as well say am talking to myself and my good friends with whom we share these ideas.

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  3. […] as their first order of the day a desire to increase their salaries. As you can recall in the open letter I wrote to the MPigs last year, I did ask that their first duty be reduction of their salaries, […]

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