By Jacktone S. Ambuka
The Administration and national security committee and Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), two institutions founded by the Kenyan government- unveiled a damning report explaining why former secretary to the cabinet and head of civil service Mr. Francis Kimemia should not be confirmed by the parliament to become the secretary to the cabinet in Uhuru Kenyatta administration. The EACC submitted strong evidences linking Mr. Kimemia to corruption. The report questioned Mr. Kimemia’s integrity to serve not just as secretary to the cabinet but in any public office in Kenya.
According to Kenyan media report, Mr. Kimemia-a former right hand man and a person of stupendous influence in former president Kibaki administration- is accused of questionable involvement in compensation scheme for Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in which millions of Kenyan shillings appropriated for IDP’s was misappropriated and stolen. Mr. Kimemia is also accused of protecting Permanent Secretaries named in corruption scandals and abuse of office.
Further, Mr. Kimemia is in hot water for questionable involvement in irregular sale of Kenyan property in Tokyo Japan. The irregular transaction led to a loss of 1.1 billion shillings to corrupt officials. It is alleged that Mr. Kimemia shielded foreign affairs PS Mr. Thuita Mwangi from corruption charges-it is called obstruction of justice. Moreover, Mr. Kimemia is yoked to the controversial Jommo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) expansion tender.
Additionally, Mr. Francis KImemia was accused of involvement in the just concluded political campaigns, actions that contravened election act which demand impartiality from civil servants. Early this year, Mr. Kimemia was accused of breaching institutional protocol by ordering temporary stoppage of chief Justice at the Jommo Kenyatta airport for “clearance”-an action that was construed as intimidating the judiciary to succumb to his will and the will of his “masters.”
A member of the Administration and security committee was quoted saying: “The allegations were very damning to say the least, and we are taking them seriously when we retreat to make our final report.” The ball is now in the court of our parliament. We hope the parliament will do what is right by the people of Kenyan and in accordance with the law of the land. Job descriptions for a cabinet secretary require man or a woman of integrity who is above reproach. Mr. Kimemia falls flat on his belly.
Duties and responsibilities for cabinet secretary in accordance with section 154 of the constitution include: – 1) Taking charge of cabinet office. 2) Keep minutes of the cabinet meetings. 3) Convey decisions of the cabinet to the appropriate persons or authorities. 4) Perform other duties as directed by cabinet. Considering the aforementioned reasons, we implore the parliament to reject nomination of Mr. Francis Kimemia. Mr. Francis Kimemia is no doubt a reject material and should be rendered ineligible for cabinet secretary position. But I suspect the guy will be endorsed courtesy of our dysfunctional and bias institutional weakness. Ours is Kenya. Corrupt folks are glorified as honest individuals are vilified.
Jacktone S. Ambuka is Kenyan residing at State College Pennsylvania USA. He can be reach at firstname.lastname@example.org, twitter @JackAmbuka or his Facebook page called Bunyore Discussion Board.