By Albert N Amenya â€“ Banana Peddler, the County of Kisii
According to Transparency International, corruption is the â€œthe abuse of entrusted power for private gainâ€. It states further that corruption can be classified as grand, petty or political, depending on the amounts of money lost and the sector where it occurs. â€œGrand corruption consists of acts committed at a high level of government that distort policies or the central functioning of the state, enabling leaders to benefit at the expense of the public good.
Petty corruption refers to everyday abuse of entrusted power by low and mid-level public officials in their interactions with ordinary citizens, who often are trying to access basic goods or services in places like hospitals, schools, police departments and other agencies.
Political corruption is a manipulation of policies, institutions and rules of procedure in the allocation of resources and financing by political decision makers, who abuse their position to sustain their power, status and wealth,â€ it states. Kenya is one of the countries where corruption is a religion with the highest number of followers.
There is no gain saying that that the present administration has become a false friend, an unjust judge, hypocritical, tyrannical, hateful, jealous, vain, revengeful, false in promise, suspicious, ignorant, infamous and hideously corrupt. Corruption corrodes democracy because no democracy can succeed without credible leadership. Under the present administration, the nationâ€™s prized institutions have been corrupted. The system has been corrupted. The actors have been corrupted as our democracy can no longer guarantee freedom and the common good for the people.
The unprofessional conduct of the Kenyan Police in its attempt to criminally subvert the nationâ€™s democracy did not start today. It could be recalled that during the ignoble reign of the self-styled â€˜professorâ€™ and former President Daniel Arap Moi, the democracy fighters were practically under siege. The actions of police had culminated in the fatal mistreatment of demonstrators like Timothy Njoya, James Orengo, Raila Odinga, Koigi Wamwere, George Moseti Anyona, Abuya Abuya et al.
Moreover, it has come to a critically juncture in our country that we have to ask whether the powers that be are those that ought to be. The present administration has succeeded in turning our democracy into a scare tactics through the instrumentality of the security forces. With the current anti-democratic tendencies and happenings prevalent in the land, our democracy appears doomed like a flickering candle sitting in an open window with the winds in the offing.
Our democracy has turned to a mere slogan in the hands of those who were not there when valiant souls engaged the Moi and prized power out of their forceful grip. It ought not to be so. I want to say that if our democracy must thrive in this country then it must be full-blooded and unconditional.
Neither President Kenyatta nor the leeches in his administration ever partook in the struggle to relit the flame of democracy in this country. Those who did not know how the battle for democracy was fought and won should not be allowed to truncate it, Moses Kuria, Kimani Ichungwa and Aden Duale, just to mention but a few attack dogs.