Presidential Pledge Bonanza: The High Court has ordered the “Delivery.Go.Ke” as unlawful!
The pledges and promises site of the supposed achievements of the Jubilee Administration, which is the works and policies done by Government of Kenya (GoK). The National Government that has done this has broken codes of conduct and the laws, as the violations of the Election Offences Act of 2016. The same state has also broken the codes of law, when using the state resources to support and make the web-site. The order today from the High Court ordered that if any person, proxy or any other acting person to not under direction of the order to stop making state advertisement, to restraining the web-site and the public banners or other equipment to advertise the advertisement page of the GoK.
That the President Uhuru Kenyatta and his ruling party has impressively broken codes and laws he has sanction in his own time. The President has used state resources and advertised in a way that is not legal. The Delivery.Go.Ke is unlawful. Its impressive the arrogance and the possible acts of the ruling regime. That they have no trouble putting it up and trying to make themselves look successful, but has to do it in unlawful way.
The High Court used this part of Election Offences Act article 14:
“(2) No government shall publish any advertisements of achievements of the respective government either in the print media, electronic media, or by way of banners or hoardings in public places during the election period” (Election Offences Act, 2016).
The issue is clear and the law is not hard to understand. Even layman can understand the issue and grasp the intent. That the respective government, in this case the Jubilee Party and the Jubilee Administration, the State House who supported and build the web-page clearly broke this law. They used this and made this page with intent of the election period. This sort of digital portal of achievement, wasn’t to show transparency or their efforts of holding up to standard of the pledges of previous election. Instead, an advertisement of Kenyatta and his closest associates.
That the page is made by the President’s Delivery Unit (PDU) and a team led by Andrew Wakahiu. The others are: Lee Kyonze, Eliud Lelerai, Nyamu Githaka & Cindy Kuria. The PDU is: “Established in 2015, The President’s Delivery Unit is a centre of government function based in the Office The President. Its primary remit is to improve the coordination of National Government flagship programs, monitor, evaluate and report on and the timely fulfillment of H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta’s key development priorities” (Delivery.co.ke – About PDU). The whole web-page is mixed together with the Office of the President and Government of Kenya. Clearly, it is like a phenomenon of adverts.
Therefore, the judgment of High Court seems fair, thinking of the use of applied law and the structure of the page. It would be different if the President had this as a single rich Milk-Magnate and supported it with Brookside side-cash, but this is facilitated with government resources and built out of the State House and the Office of the President. This is all part of the government structure and high-level bureaucrats who is hired to promote their President. That is why this page becomes illegal and misuse of the adverts in electronic media. Peace.