By: Dikembe Disembe
When Justice Joseph Mutava threw out the 5.8 billion Goldenberg case involving â€˜brotherâ€™ Paul Kamlesh Pattni, I breathed a sigh of relief!
The Goldenberg case is so dear to me, not because of the billions of shillings that was involved, but because it introduced me to newspaper reading.
Each day, I read verbatim as the case progressed, and, up to now, half a decade later, can still see Mutula Kilonzo (now senator Makueni County) proving how some millions in denominations of ksh 1000 notes, ksh 500 notes, ksh 100 notes and ksh 50 notes could not be stashed in a suitcase! Brother Paul had claimed he gave Moi the millions in a suitcase! I saw so much money that was never mine on that day.
So why do I defend the â€˜rightâ€™ of Pattni to be â€˜let aloneâ€™? When Karma last reviewed the rules of equity, she (karma is always a bitch) put forth this one: Delay defeats equity! A case which has taken close to a decade is not good for the health (and wealth) of a brother! Again, â€˜small tribe peopleâ€™ like Pattni cannot hold a major political rally to seek reconciliation of his bank accounts with the community youths, elders and women.
The last time I checked Pattinâ€™s campaign strategy for Westlands Constituency, which he failed miserably, he had a list of a few hundred job hunters he had given â€˜jobsâ€™ -janitors, garbage collectors, security guards, watchmen, off-loaders, drivers, messengers to accountants, lawyers, judges, mps (the last three were in the other list he did not publish) in his vast business empire and choir members, deacons, deaconesses, ushers, guitarists, and even pastors in his church ministry.
Judge Mutava, just like Judge Mutunga, dismissed a case which would have heralded a new chapter in the management of economic affairs in Kenya. Pattni is just the convergence where judicial impunity meets police impunity to make justice a big hole in the societyâ€™s ass. Had Pattni been a kikuyu or a Kalenjin, he would be the president or deputy president. Big crimes call for big communities. Big communities take you to big offices! It is tyranny.
So the Law Society of Kenya (was this not that society which failed the test of amicus curiae at the Supreme Court?) should give Brother Pattni a lunch-hour break. Alas, when Pattni â€˜willinglyâ€™ gave the government the Grand Regency, it took the kimunya, Njuguna Ndungu, Kinyua (sounds like a list from â€œShackles of doomâ€ play right?) a week to sell it to Libyans (Gaddafi was still alive) who changed it to Laico Regency. Every time they take from Pattni, they do not return to Kerubo, Otieno, Omari, Wanjala, more often, only a hard working Wanjiku profits in the whole economic shackle of the doomed.
I propose judge Mutava for the Deputy Chief Justice position. As for the damned Law Society of Kenya, please for the sake of peace accept and let pastor brother reverend Paul Kamlesh Pattni move on!