By Albert Nyakundi Amenya – Banana Peddler
Sincerely, Kenya has become a porous polity that is easily manipulated for selfish motives. The real frustration is the carefree attitude of the Jubilee apparatchiks who are ordinarily mandated to check the level of corruption, outright stealing, embezzlement, and misuse of public funds that is going on in this country. It does not take a soothsayer to tell where we got it wrong.
Most of the Jubilee regime leaders are tainted with corruption and they are out to add insult to injury by making nonsense of the fight against graft and enthrone the crass impunity that has crippled every aspect of public life. When EACC is set to grill them, they disband it at the earliest time possible.
If care is not observed, the Jubilee government might go down in the annals as one the most reckless and exploitative regimes the world has ever seen. The monumental stealing of billions of shillings from the coffers by Uhuruâ€™s men continues to bedevil our economy.
Nonetheless, I have always said in my previous write-ups that it does not take rocket science to fix our problems as a country. It must be seen that President Kenyatta is serious with the fight against graft. Uhuruâ€™s body language must radiate and manifest this.
This is a simple case of leading by example. Like I have said here before, it only takes a click on the computer tab to learn the precise salary of President Obama and the members of the Congress, here in Kenya not even on request will anyone tell you the precise amounts of jumbo money earned by President Kenyatta and our Members of Parliament.
Itâ€™s time the President and his deputy began to exhibit transparency even if of minimal quantity, in the conduct of our countryâ€™s affairs for us to move forward. Albeit I understand that the deputy President loves land more than his own life and family, he should learn to let go any empty spaces he comes across.
Nevertheless, I can only conclude that there must be something unique about Kenya and its ability to withstand the kind of reckless looting that is ongoing. Undoubtedly, even first world countries whose economies are touted to be the strongest in the world, cannot withstand such serial rape of this purse. May be it is the intervention of the hand of God. Regrettably, these Jubilee leaders gladly announce to us, by words and by body language that they donâ€™t give a damn to all this.
What this nation needs is at this time is a level-headed leadership that is resolute and puts the interest of a country above personal and political considerations. For this reason, it must muster massive political will.
Long story short, the fight against graft is critical to our nationâ€™s very survival. It must, therefore, not pander to comrade or enemy, family or associate. Those who are shielding the corrupt are the real enemies of the state. Pray, what future are we bequeathing to the coming generations? I, the banana Pedlar, shudder to consider it. For every patriotic Kenyan, it is about time we wept for our country, the more reason why I canâ€™t agree more with Sigmund Freud that â€œMen are more moral than they think, and far more immoral that they can imagine.â€
In fact, legends like Wellington Opanga will agree with me that Hitler had a valid point for saying “Sooner will a camel pass through a needle’s eye than a great man ‘discovered’ by an election”