There have been calls from every corner of Kenya for inclusion. Almost every Kenyan is calling for inclusion. But, what is inclusion? Do Kenyans know the meaning of inclusion?
Some have been calling on President Uhuru Kenyatta to observe inclusion as he makes political appointments. Is that all about inclusion? Does inclusion mean appointing people from different communities to government positions?
When someone from the Luhya community is appointed a cabinet secretary, for instance, do we say that the Luhya community has been represented in the government? Will we then say that the Luhya community has been ‘included’ in government?
Take Turkana County for instance. Let us say someone from that region has been appointed an ambassador or a cabinet secretary, will the Turkana say that they have been included in government?
According to me, political appointments are not about inclusion. They may be about inclusion within the context of that small niche of ‘government’ that everyone has been included but not that the ‘community’ has been included.
Am sure you have heard about the Kainuk Bridge in Turkana County. This is the main bridge that collapsed a month ago. Ask yourself this, what will the people of Turkana County choose between one of them being appointed into the cabinet and the Kainuk Bridge being repaired? If the national government chooses to repair the Kainuk Bridge so the people of Turkana fill part of Kenya, then that is inclusion.
During the 26th October repeat Presidential elections, more than 25 constituencies did not take part in the process. They did not vote. What is inclusion for them? Will it be political appointments? Of course, they don’t ‘deserve’ to be rewarded with appointments if they did not vote. But if the government decides to include these constituencies in the development plans, uplifting their economic status, that is inclusion.
The discussion above does not mean that the government is at liberty to appoint ‘two communities’ alone and exclude the rest because it is not ‘inclusion’. No. when it comes to political appointments, it is about regional balancing with matters such as gender, disability and other coming into play.
George Stamatis once said “We need more inclusion, partnerships over partisanships in politics to solve man-made problems to be better off and in order to change the world”