CORRUPTION and BAD MANNERS: Here is Why Uhuru Kenyatta and His Top â€˜Attack-dogâ€™ Aden Duale Deprived Kenya The Global Respect She Once Had
By Albert Nyakundi Amenya â€“Aspirant, Kitutu Chache North MP, 2017
When President Uhuru Edward Snowden Kenyatta was wasting parliament and senateâ€™s time simultaneously reading the wearisome expurgated list of corrupt officials, it was laughable to see a whole head of state reduced to a whistle blower. That underscores my previous assumptions that our President is an arm chair Commander-in-Chief, thanks to the new constitution for giving him powers not to hire and fire when he feels like.
Although I commend the presidentâ€™s newly found courage to take over Matemuâ€™s job of identifying looters of public resources, there is no gainsaying that he has woken from inertia too late. Yes, I dare say too late because looters have looted enough loot to corrupt the entire judicial system.
Discouragingly, our President seeks convenience when it comes to fighting corruption. He cleverly weighs his options and considers as priority, his personal gain. This time he has opted to goad Kenyans into believing he is the best president, peradventure to get sympathizers and those who hate him to vote for him in 2017.
Kenyatta wants to eat his cake and have it. Why didnâ€™t he order for the same when the number of rogue public servants was still at its infancy stage? Why wait until they get to 100+ before taking action? As the C-in-C, why coax corrupt individuals to step aside and not coerce them to quit?
No one should be hoodwinked that the drama staged by the President in parliament will perform new miracles. Agriculture CS Felix Koskei has stepped aside but he will be back soon. Others will follow suit and theyâ€™ll as well bounce back and heâ€™ll be accorded all the saintly praises available. Others will stay put and no one will dislodge them. What out as you vindicate me.
When the PAC chairman Ababu Namwamba was implicated, the Jubilee attack-dog Aden Duale, barked on top of his voice asking him to step aside. The talking machine convened endless meetings trying to oust Namwamba from the chairmanship of the Parliamentary Accounts Committee.
When the poet/the corruption leaker recited the â€˜carefullyâ€™ crafted but equally boring poem as he mentioned the names of the lords of corruption, he was cheered well by his cheering squad. That time, I expected blabbermouth Duale to do the obvious, compel those mentioned in the Wikileaks to step aside and pave way for unbiased probe. To my shock, nonetheless, no sooner had the President finished reading those names â€“ although skipping some â€“ than Mr. Duale suddenly turned mute. In fact, I have a predilection that all might not be well with him.
To comrade Ababu Namwamba, the Presidentâ€™s undertaking came as a blessing in disguise and no one will ever bother him given the fact that quite a good number of parliamentarians from Jubilee are mentioned. They are aware that if they ask him to step aside, theyâ€™ll be asked to first take the plank out of their own eye, so as to be able to see clearly when removing the speck from youâ€™re his eye. At least if Duale is missing in the list, his best friends and colleague are.
When I wrote in the dailies that President Kenyatta is incapable of fighting graft, I was scoffed and branded all sorts of unprintable adjectives. Even after what I predicted has come to pass, I cannot readily confirm that I am vindicated because Kenyans are being set on the path of political turmoil. The reading of names of individuals in a democracy like Kenya is a new venture.
In fact, the name-reading session bore the quality of newness in our polity.
The world is not only marveled at Kenyaâ€™s system of governance, it is also sick and tired of ranking it the top corrupt country in the world. Today, President Kenyatta is described as an exasperating failure unable to be redeemed through a rehabilitation or reelection. Opinion of him globally is universally unattractive whether among Kenyans or foreigners.
Look at our own Africa as a case study; there is no single country where Kenya is respected, thanks to President Kenyatta whose speech, style of leadership, and actions, have consigned our nation to the dustbin. Take Tanzania for instance, they want nothing to do with Kenya yet they are one of our closest neighbours. They have rejected our tourists, said no thank you to the so called pride of Africa KQ, detained our citizens without trial â€“ Business magnate Don Bosco Gichana being an example â€“ branding Kenyans living there as dangerous thieves, yet we say we are proud of being Kenyans.
Under the Uhuru administration, corruption has become a new religion and everyone is engaging in it with impunity. This administration has pardoned guilty criminals and convicted innocent citizens. Big fraud cases against drug barons have been withdrawn in unclear circumstances. If our economy and political landscape has been handed over to two alleged ex-warlords what remains for us as resourceless Kenyans?
I want to conclude by edifying the President through a sweet Gusii proverb that says, â€œIf you treat your dinner plate like a dust bin, others will help you add more garbage to itâ€
God Bless Kenya, God Bless the valiant people of Kenya.