By Prof. Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o
We have it on the authority of the Deputy President that Kenya will pay for Anglo Leasing contracts if the National Assembly so decides.
While we see this as a shifting of blame and refusal to take responsibility, just like claiming that Anglo Leasing was conceived when some members of Cord were in government, ODM remains even less convinced than before that we should pay any money to any of the Anglo Leasing firms.
We wish to remind Jubilee that since the Anglo-Leasing scandal broke out, Kenyans have been expecting their government to rise up against the outrageous demands for payment by the shadowy companies involved in the scam.
And for long, Kenyans have believed that the government was succeeding in this endeavor particularly after the country was informed that the said companies had returned the monies paid and that the taxpayer would suffer no loss.
It has therefore come as a shock that the Jubilee regime will pay KS 125 billion if authorized by the Jubilee controlled Parliament, to one of the shadowy foreign companies.
This payment will be based on demands made and awards given in foreign legal proceedings that no one ever told Kenyans about.
Kenyans are outraged because they believed that any government other than the one that conceived this scandal would do all in its power to stop this outright theft of taxpayerâ€™s money.
The time, effort and financial resources spent by the Jubilee regime against the International Criminal Court and the successes achieved by these initiatives, including forcing amendments to an international treaty have shown that it is possible to defeat Anglo-Leasing payment demands and to remove this yoke from the necks of Kenyans once and for all.
Instead of employing similar efforts to save Kenyans as they have done to save themselves, the Jubilee leaders are now acting defenceless and pretending that they have no choice but to make the payment if the National Assembly so decides.
Kenyans want to see a similar retinue of foreign lawyers battling it out at every court, the entire diplomatic service making presentations at every diplomatic forum, and the Jubilee leadership courting every available political leaders in Africa and around the world, to save the poor Kenyan from having to pay for this theft.
We also expect Jubilee to tell us who the people behind the companies are. It is surely a mockery for a regime to get its National Assembly debate possibility of paying such huge amounts of money to faceless companies.
If this is not done, then clearly the Jubilee leaders will be telling Kenyans that they care only about themselves, and will not tire themselves for the public interest. Even worse, it will pass the message that Jubilee also has a vested interest in making the Anglo-Leasing payments.
Prof. P. Anyang’ Nyong’o
Ag. Party Leader
Nairobi 27 April 2014