By Albert Nyakundi AmenyaÂ
The recent handling of the Langata Primary school land grabbing malady by CS Charity Ngilu again demonstrates that governance in Kenya is not directed at ending corruption but building the stomach infrastructures of the few at the helm of affairs. Thus, by undisguisedly failing to name and shame the so called â€˜Prominent Politicianâ€™, madam Charity confirmed that the Kenyatta administration has turned into you-rub-my-back-I-rub-your-back- charade.
By defending and anointing the kleptocratic leaders with impunity in broad daylight, Kenya has become an international monumental shame and it is quite obvious that the whole world is marvelled at us.
Strikingly, itâ€™s only in Kenya where leaders are elected, paid jumbo salaries and allowances, but still, they neglect their onerous responsibilities in the face of insecurity, poverty and economic malaises. Poor Kenyans have suddenly turned preys in the hands of their bloody thirsting greedy leaders.
By outrightly raping our constitutional democracy, the Kenyan leadership has fallen from grace. Leaders have successfully emasculated innocent members of their communities and are now using them as shields against unfavorable political hurricanes. They are internationally acclaimed for having held the highest records for venality, hypocrisy, lying and suicidal maneuvers. Mesmerizingly, they show no shame and scant regard for impending consequences.
The implication of Ngiluâ€™s nomenclatural silence on naming the Langata school grabbers is that political lords will always be cosseted by senior government officials. They steal behemoth sums of money in immunity and walk away with impunity. Nevertheless, when they are named for shaming, their communities chip in to defend them while they deify them.
It is now apparent that the current polity has since neglected to care for its citizens. All the President and his deputy are after is the return-to-power ticket to continue to pillage the funds of the people. If all the calculations of the Jubilee administration ahead of the 2017 General Elections is that of individual political survival, where then lies the hope of an average Kenyan?
From the look of things, it is undoubtedly incontrovertible that no new magic is being formulated by the Jubilee government on how to resuscitate and revivify the economy to halt escalating national debt burden. Unrealistic to its pre-election promises, the Uhuru administration shows no sign of creating jobs for the youths to curb the astronomical ballooning of unemployment, jump-starting comatose industries like Pan Paper Mills and preventing paralyzing industrial actions in educational and health sectors.
Government tenders are grotesquely sprawled based on what-you-know-about-who-you-know in the government. The government is thankless to its constitution since it has unreciprocated the efforts of its promulgators.
Given the spate at which Kenyan economical situation is exacerbating, this pile of garbage and ineptitude is heading in one directionâ€”toward a long-term crisis very costly to all, God forbid, I have a premonition that President Uhuru will leave the state of the nation worse than he found it.
The velocity at which public property is being appropriated by the few fair-haired comrades in the government will soon precipitate an impending unredeemable leadership crisis. Whatâ€™s worse is that even as poor citizens continue to be stuck in the poverty trap, not even the financial wizardry of the so called top financial advisors and policy makers in the government, has been able to halt corruption and intensifying national debts.
Still worse, according to the untold immutable rumour by Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) the unemployment rate has relatively increased by 14%, compared to the previous yearâ€™s statistics.
This impregnable fact serves to buttress the assertions that senior government positions are held by imprudent greenhorns where majority of them happen to belong to a particular community. These improvident ungallant political tenderfoots have converted Kenyans to Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) where they incautiously withdraw with pleasure and satisfaction.
To prove the level of impunity and the incongruity of the situation in the land, poor Kenyans are unduly encumbered with the vainglorious task of collecting funds for their trips abroad â€“ together with their families â€“ by their solicitous government despite the present economic financial malaise.
Instead of galvanizing the country to confront and ultimately end corruption that has rampantly overrun government offices, this administration has continued to chase shadows by sacrificing what is dear to Kenyans on the altar of selfish politics.
Instead of endearing itself to the people by accomplishing the promises it pledged to them before acceding to the Presidency, the Kenyatta administration has repeatedly deployed uncultured methods to alienate Kenyans through indecency, insensitivity, corruption and cluelessness.
Like I always say, the President and his deputy lack vision and foresight necessary to govern a multicultural, multi-religious, pluralistic and multi-ethnic society such as ours. Their administration has fallen short of ensuring that its laws and acts bear the imprint of justice, moderation and the spirit of order.
Unapologetically, why must we wait for others to berate and prod us to carry out our duties? Heartrendingly, governance in Kenya has been turned into an implement of patronage. The nepotistic manner in which people are being elected to government offices is tellingly abysmal and uncalled for. For sure, when you look around, there is nothing to smile about.
Lastly, here is a piece of advice to the Jubilee bickerers like Duale et al; At this point in the turmoil, there is only one chance to turn things around, albeit itâ€™s a long shot.
Tone down your â€˜explanationsâ€™ and self justifications. Stop threats and sanctions, at least, for the time being. We all know this tendency wonâ€™t bear any fruit and that diplomatic failure will soon call you forth again. Your objective as government leaders should be to help to help the President descend from his perilous perch.