“Is democracy a necessary condition for development and social progress? Which political system is the best enabler for development in a nation like Kenya: a presidential or a parliamentary political system?
These are the arguments that Prof. Anyang Nyong’o writes as the premise in his book ‘Presidential or Parliamentary in Kenya? That he advocates for the adoption of a parliamentary political system.
The book examines the weakness of the presidential system of governance, especially its role in denuding democratic ideas and creating post-election conflicts.
“The book seeks to persuade Kenyans to adopt a parliamentary democracy as we engage in intense debates regarding a suitable and desirable constitutional dispensation for the nation,” states Prof. Nyong’o in the preface.
Dedication; To all Kenyan patriots who have struggled for democracy and good governance before and after independence. To all heroes of the Second Liberation some of whom lost their lives in the process championing democracy, human rights and social justice.#NyongoBookLaunch pic.twitter.com/EWX6PfMNJi
— Gov. Anyang' Nyong'o (@AnyangNyongo) September 24, 2019
The Kisumu County Governor, argues that “While elections are used to choose ‘ Governments of the people, by the people and for the people’ in both systems of government, parliamentary systems have better records of conducting free and fair elections than presidential ones.”
However, in the forward written by Prof. Michael Chege, University of Nairobi and chairperson NEPAD, APRM Kenya Governing Council, he says Prof. Nyong’o “Considers enhanced devolution through regional economic blocs as a necessity, but not an urgent priority.”
The book has been published by Booktalk Africa.