Thursday, 25th March, 2010
The House met at 2.30 p.m.
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Said by The Minister for Lands (Mr. Orengo):
The other thing that we are addressing through devolution is exclusion. What has
made us suffer as a nation is exclusion. Once people feel excluded, even when you want
to employ a policeman or constable or you want to build a dispensary, it must come from
the centre. In the colonial days, these things were being done on the ground and they
could give bursaries and build roads. I commend devolution. Those who fear devolution
are living in the past. They are being guided by their ethnic consideration and objectives.
They are living in the past. If America was living in a situation where they feared
ethnicity and did not see itself as a multiparty state or nation, how could a young man
born here in Kenya, who is not even a native American, become the President of
It is because they did away with exclusion. What has killed us here is
exclusion; that once Mr. Orengo is President, I know of no other place than Ugenya. That
is why we were fighting against these many Presidencies in the past. I hope that Kenya
will come of age. This country must come of age. People want freedom and nations want
liberation, but countries want independence.