“The truth behind all the complaints on Muthaura’s appointment in particular is the fact that with such a solid stable minded man at the helm, the flagrant plundering shameless sycophants had in mind will not happen. It’s that simple. That these hound dogs consider it a payment for their howling; to seize opportunity to run the government organizations and projects into the ground and leave the majority of Kenyans penniless and staring at the massive white elephants reminiscent of Moi Era embezzlement scams. I am tickled to no end by Muthaura’s appointment. It is a death knell to corrupt cartels”.
Probably, it is in this last paragraph that (Betty) Waitherero sums up her rather flirtatious acceptance of President Uhuru’s appointment of former head of the Civil Service Amb. Francis Muthaura to the LAPSSET project as board (bored) Chairman.
Spurring with Betty is not easy. She is thorough. Always has his facts right. I will tell you more.
One day, the media attempted to sensationalise the belated reportage of the rape of some girl in Bungoma. The media named the girl ‘Liz’. Women in Nairobi hanged ‘ngothas’ on the fence of police Inspector General David Kimaiyo. It was a sight to behold. I counted thongs, hipsters, G-strings, boyshorts, bikini, tanga, even the granny panties!
Later in the afternoon, I got to twitter and was shocked that ‘nothing’ was trending about the sad situation. The guys with hundreds of followers were on usual (hashtag) KOT stuff. I was amazed. So I got extremely vexed and in my stupor became highly innovative. I imagined that since (hashtag) ‘Keep of off our panties’ isn’t such a socially befitting clarion call to bring the attention of men to the debasing savagery of rape, I came up with a new one; (hashtag) ‘keep off our clitoris’!
Betty fumed! Betty warned! Betty almost skinned me alive! Anyway, if you didn’t follow that tiff, may be its time you follow ‘us’ on twitter. Don’t be the Mukurwe Kwa Zuckerberg (only-on-Facebook) type who neither understands what hashtags, retweets and favourites are – be digital – your president is! Is Amb Muthaura on twitter?
Be that as it may, let’s get to the crux of Waitherero’s logic on the re-appointment of Ambassador Francis Muthaura. First, let me say, like Waitherero, that I have no issue at all against Amb. Muthaura. I once complained that the lack of appointments because of the grandstanding among the big Jubilee two communities was interfering with the rest of ‘us’ getting our rightful crumbs. Ours was the presidency of Raila Odinga! It did not work and Jakom is out on a winter vocation in the Alps! Also, that I hold Betty in high esteem. I find her rigorous and passionate. She means well for our country.
That’s the end of it! Now it is blogoshere War II; more bruising than what our KDF is doing in the southlands of Somalia.
She argues in the opinion piece published elsewhere on this ‘online newspaper’ that Muthaura’s appointment is solely on ‘experience’. Her other argument is that with Francis Muthaura at the helm, the “the flagrant plundering shameless sycophants had in mind will not happen”, and, with finality, she says this appointment is the “death knell to corrupt cartels”.
If you were not a resident of Kenya, you would think that the Muthaura my friend is pitching for just arrived from Alice’s Wonderland! You won’t believe this is the man who served at the helm of Mwai Kibaki’s 10 years! And you won’t imagine he is the same ex-ICC fellow whose case just ‘disappeared at the ICC’.
Sometimes, it is unbelievable how humanity merchandises humanity! How man (woman) can repackage another man (woman) and make yesterday’s stinking odour become today’s appetizing aroma. That Waitherero reconstructs Â Amb. Muthaura’s appointment as some sort of scientific breakthrough in the management of Kenya’s public affairs is, to say the least, idiotic, and, at worst, disgusting!
Amb. Muthaura has been around. He was, for the better part of the last decade, more powerful than the current President and Deputy. He towered on Kenya’s civil service and, if he had this new magic wand being peddled around, we would not be talking about his recycling back to the public service. Amb. Muthaura would have retired back to the University or some ‘elder’s club’ with a far reaching influence in the management of numerous sectors of the Kenyan state in all its totality and as envisioned in our vision 2030.
But Muthaura is a beneficiary of the forgotten narrative of the post-election violence and the GEMA mafianization that was the Kibaki’s state. Here is a man who never cleared his name of all the debauching charges of mass murder which he is accused of engineering.
In fact, he escaped having ensured the were no more evidence against him. He didn’t win his case sister. . .he did not! To those who believe he had a hand in one of Kenya’s darkest political excesses, Muthaura is still a criminal at large! I think people don’t talk much about Francis Muthaura because people want to forget about him so fast. But to return him to national consciousness? What an insult.
If common kenyans – wanainchi – feel that the current economy does not allow small people to partake of their country – That’s Muthaura! If some parts of the country feel left out in Kenya today – that’s Francis! If Kenya’s civil service purged Kalenjins at the dawn of this century but never replaced them with ‘kenyans’, only GEMA – That’s Francis Muthaura!
Experience? Tell that to the vulture birds!
Waitherero wittingly forgets that Muthaura was appointed in a special gazette notice where another Kenyan, more learned than him, a professor to be precise, was sacked! What experience did Amb. Muthuara have more than Proffesor Shaukat Ali Abdulrazak?
Even more puzzling: is Waitherero aware that former president Kibaki appointed Prof Shaukat on March 1 2013? That’s three days before the March 4 elections which ushered in Uhuru? Is she aware that Professor Shaukat was appointed for three years? Even more egregious, is she aware that Prof Shaukat had held a two-week planning workshop for the Lapsset project just days before he was summarily dismissed?
Experience? Death of corrupt cartels? What kind of bullshit are we talking about here people? Assumng a kalenjin had been fired from Lapsset to pave way for Muthaura? Assuming this Kalenjin was a professor? Must you have been in the government bureucracy for 40 years to be ‘experienced enough’? This sicken propaganda clothed in media and intellectual garb deeply infuriates.
What is Muthaura’s record (and experience) in fighting corruption and cartels?
Waitherero says, “This is an awesome undertaking and involves 3 state governments, hundreds of suppliers, thousands of employees, and various ethnic communities; it is a vast project spanning several years and thousands of kilometres. Let us be honest, if there is anyone more qualified or suited than Francis Muthaura to head this project why have we never ever heard of this person before?” What kind of demented question is that? You’ve never had of Prof Shaukat because he is not part of the mainstream media PROPAGANDA! He is not part of the politics of the media. . .of looking the other way when the item is not a GEMA. . .that’s what it is! That’s why everyone is made to only see Muthaura’s “experience” and not Shaukat’s “experience”!
And, by the way, forget that earlier-in-the-week sideshow by Meru MPs. You believed that? Like seriously? Laughable!
So what’s the guarantee that the ‘thousands of employees’ will come from the ‘various ethnic communities’? Don’t we have the statistics on the composition of government bureaucracy when Muthaura was at the top? Was it not a fiefdom? What new experience has Muthaura suddenly amassed between the time Ocampo plucked him out of the government until the time his case crumbled at the ICC under under massive witness interferences which included ‘deaths, maiming and disappearances’?
The assumption that Moi Era embezzlement was worse than Kibaki Era embezzlement is false. If Kibaki was to go for 24 years? Have you ever compared the times and the sophistication of theft? There is a big difference between analogue embezzlement and digital embezzlement.
What an annoying diatribe to the collective conscience of social activist bloggers! On this, my sister, you left me behind.
No one is opposed to Muthaura appointment but I know of those opposed to the sanitization of the ‘truth’ about his appointment.
Dikembe Disembe Comments on politics, higher education and ethnicity in Kenya. Read Betty Waitherero article publishedÂ here.