By Lady D S
We have a penchant for amassing wealth illegally. We want to cut corners, defraud our employers and taxpayers, misappropriate public resources and mismanage the little at our disposal. The moment we get into public office, we forget Wanjiku and embark on a looting spree. Honesty and hard work no longer appeal to us.
In fact those who refuse to engage in malfeasance are looked down upon. Publicly we shout loudest against corruption and ‘lynch’ suspected culprits, not because we abhor corruption but because we envy them.
Philip Kinisu, the chairman of EACC, is a man under siege, a case of the hunter becoming the hunted. It seems this is a jinxed office. I am thinking of Aaron Ringera, the eloquent and high sounding PLO Lumumba and other anti-corruption crusaders who were forced out of office rather unceremoniously. Esaki Ltd, a company associated with his family was the source of his current woes. It placed him in an awkward position as the chairman of a body investigating the scam in NYS.
Not that the Parliamentary committee investigating is made up of angels. We know that corruption is rife in these committees where MPs are paid to water down reports in favour of powerful individuals. Kinisu should have known better. Let him fry in his own fat.
One gets shocked at the colossal sums of money transacted daily on Mpesa by police officers. This is revealed during the ongoing police vetting. The officers are at pain to explain the source of the millions of shillings in their accounts and the money transactions. It doesn’t require a genius to deduce that this is money acquired through bribes. I hear they even receive protection fees from criminals and drug barons!
I don’t know of any other country where an imposter can infiltrate the medical fraternity, pass off as a doctor, ‘treating’ patients, administering drugs and doing all that pertains to the medical profession for 3 months without detection. Only in Kenya.
Or a fake policeman in the police force, barking out orders, conducting recruitment and leading operations for years without as much as raising an eyebrow. It beats logic! And you expect our officers to carry out investigations, amass evidence and successfully lead to the conviction of a criminal. The guys cannot smoke out an imposter in their own ranks!
The Rio fiasco is typically Kenyan. While our world beating athletes lived in deplorable conditions in Rio De Janeiro, NOC-K officials came along with their wives, children and mistresses, living large at the expense of the athletes. These officials are a law unto themselves and disregard government policies, guidelines and instructions with impunity because they are beholden to IOC.
IOC is always eager to come to the rescue of corrupt NOC-K officials instead of teaming up with the government to read the riot act to the blundering, thieving officials who enjoy frustrating our award winning athletes as they entertain their concubines. At the risk of being banned from participating in future Olympics, Wario should put his foot down.
These guys should be hounded out of office and bundled into police cells to await conviction and subsequent imprisonment for embezzlement.