On Monday this week, my friend Dennis Itumbi gave a long list of people who he says have respected the Rule of Law in Kenya.
He mentioned former CSs Ngilu & Eng. Kamau whom he said were taken to court on corruption related cases. He also mentioned Treasury CS Henry Rotich, his PS Dr. Thugge, Controller of Budget and the Auditor General saying that they were summoned by the EACC to record statements on the theft of Eurobond money.
He also reminded us that former powerful CS Anne Waiguru, her PS Dr. Mangiti and NYS D.G Dr. Githinji appeared before the EACC to record statements on the theft of NYS money.
The good Mr. Itumbi also told us how journalist John John Karobosta Ngirachu was arrested for writing unsubstantiated reports on misappropriation of funds at the Interior Ministry and later released on purported intervention of the President and his Deputy (I wonder if the two share power to issue equal orders) and also about former CS Davis Chirchir who he says was summoned by the EACC to record a statement on the chicken-gate saga.
The ‘son of God’ Mr. Itumbi whose grandfather was my able Archbishop of the ACK (my Church) jogged up our minds by reminding us how former President Mwai Kibaki went to court after being summoned by a Judge.
He then tells us how CORD leader Raila Odinga ignores summons. He also talked of the 2013 Supreme Court battle on the validity of the presidential votes and the subsequent ‘remote controlled’ and ‘under duress’ ruling by the Supreme Court judges.
Now let me inform this Mr-Know-It-All something he doesn’t know about Raila. Mr. Odinga is a man who respects the Rule of Law more than those he has mentioned. He has been through all that he (Itumbi) is talking about and even worse, for the better part of his political life.
When Raila alongside other great men and women of the soil were going through torture and public embarrassment, this ‘cry-baby’ was feeding on cerelac in his Embu backyard.
When the gallant men and women of the land put their lives on line to have Kenya liberated from a de’jure/de’facto one party state to political pluralism, most of the people Itumbi speaks for were riding in state of the art limousines and knew nothing about the smell and the feeling of teargas. Itumbi himself was a toddler playing kalongolongo in the village (no pun intended).
I want to remind Mr. Itumbi and his paymasters that Mr. Raila Odinga appeared in court on numerous fictitious and state stage managed charges. He won. He never relented. He fought on and together with other like-minded Kenyans delivered Kenyans to the ‘promised land’. A land where freedom of association and expression, media, information and worship would be respected. Yes, he won.
About appearing before the EACC, I want government’s blue-eyed-boy Mr. Itumbi to quote any clause in law that says that someone MUST be forced to give information to investigating institutions… Show me one my brother.
Again, the persons he mentioned in his post were suspects. People who had been adversely mentioned in corruption related matters. Who has implicated Mr. Odinga in any scandal. He only blew the whistle on the theft that was going on in government. And he will continue to do so.
About Mr. Kibaki appearing in court, yes he did. He was witness and he faithfully adhered to court summons to give his testimony on the matter at hand. So did Raila two years ago when he appeared before a Malindi Court as a witness on land related case. He respected the Rule of Law as he has always done.
Mr. Itumbi, kindly before you post anything, try to check your facts. Don’t just rush to please your bosses. Be smart. Be the gentleman I know. Good evening.