Insulting Historyâ€™s Open Wounds: Uhuruâ€™s Parastatal Appointments Are Historically Shameful
By Albert Nyakundi Amenya
When I came across the list of Uhuruâ€™s parastatal appointees, I was profoundly stunned beyond restrain. I realized that a new wind of corruption had blown across Kenya. As I sat in my living room all the morning engrossed in a torrent of endless calculations, I asked myself, â€œWhat is the fate of us poor Kenyans that spent a whooping nine months in our mothersâ€™ wombs, are we not valid just because we are not surnamed after prominent politicians?â€ After a moment of silent, it dawned on me that while the rich are busily getting richer, the sons and daughters of the poor will continue to have their 32 teeth checked during the NYS recruitments.
When I woke up in the morning, I espied a piece Nation Newspaper â€“ the Newspaper that I work for â€“ looking at the cover page, I saw portraits of old school/obsolete politicians like Madsen Madoka, Nyiva Mwendwa, Kalembe Ndile, Francis Ole Kaparo, Richard Leakey and Musikari Kombo among others. For a moment I asked myself like in those Nigerian actors and actresses, â€œHaha! Wait a minute nau! Why has my editor decided to make a documentary of Kenyaâ€™s political grandfathers?
Since curiosity killed a cat and anxiety brought it back, I decided to grab a copy and get to know why they were celebrating our grandfathers. Unbelievably, I was left astounded when I realized that they were all presidential appointeesâ€¦., â€œWhat happened to the Jubileeâ€™s manifesto where youths were promised jobs? Is this not supposed to be the digital government? Wait a minute, but they said they donâ€™t believe in the old folks anymoreâ€ I screamed to a nearby friend who shrugged his tiny shoulders and walked off.
As I proceeded reading the rest of the story, I realized that the only youths who had secured parastatal jobs were the sons and daughters of the current, and the former â€˜who is whosâ€™ in this country. For instance, 5 relations of former finance minister and MP for Nyaribari Chache Hon. Simeon Nyachae had secured the jobs. I thought to myselfâ€¦ â€œI thought these are the historical wounds Uhuru and Ruto vowed to heal, why have they resolved to run counter to what they promised by opening and adding salt on them?â€
In short, Kenyans have readily developed a phobia towards Uhuruâ€™s leadership. Unlike his father Uhuru was elected on the platform of fair play, zero tolerance for corruption, and justice as was exhibited during his short-lived Deputy Prime Ministership. The expectation of Kenyans is that Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto, after taking over at the helm, could bring the magic wand that could instantly solve a bulk of problems that have for decades bedeviled the Kenyan youth.
Uhuru has completely forgotten about the youth. He has suddenly developed an I-donâ€™t-care-attitude. Remarkably, the Kenyan youth especially those that voted for him now perceive him as a merciless Kleptocrat who is out to reward his political comrades.
Uhuru Kenyatta rode to power on the back of his fatherâ€™s political associates including Madsen Madoka who babysat him at infancy. These same people he is rewarding with government jobs at the expense of defenseless Kenyans. By promoting that old scratch-my-back-I-scratch-your-back charade, Uhuru has confirmed that he is one of the most dangerous presidents in the world. Yes! I say dangerous because he has launched a mass economic massacre of the youth Kenya.
Umpteen year when he was at the verge of being elected, the son of Kenyaâ€™s first President was perceived to be fair, firm, and non-tolerant for corruption. Thanks to the two years he has been in charge as the C-I-C, he has shown his true colours. The man has also rewarded the two Kisii Lawyers who successfully defended him at The Hague based ICC court.
So far, Uhuru does not deserve a worthy commendation from lovers of democracy. Come 2017, he should not be allowed to go home walking tall with his shoulders held high. Kenyans should unite to condemn the surreptitious rapprochement towards the parastatal appointees.
The Writer is 2017 Parliamentary Aspirant, Kitutu Chache North Constituency