Punish 'chicken' takers, ignore Raila Odinga's gripe
SEE ALSO :The curse of handshakeTwo, those found to have engaged in corruption must be punished. Three, no one is exempt from the first two statements. Our top electoral officers must be held responsible if indeed it is proved that they "ate chicken". Put differently, this should not be misconstrued for a defence of those at the centre of the scandal. Far from it, this is an attempt to expose the budding industry of raw and unashamed opportunism, which is confusing political and legal processes in Kenya. Mine is an effort at unmasking the selective nature in which the masters of opportunism are pursuing their end and in so doing de-legitimising the due processes.
SEE ALSO :‘How we saved Kibaki from Raila’Why not call for accountability from those former top managers with the same gusto as those in the chicken gate? The CORD leader's new-found passion to fight graft can only be informed by something else other than desire to cleanse our country of the evil. And there's the rub! There's the toxin! Other than the fact that he is pursuing his own agenda with this campaign, he runs the risk of de-legitimising the anti-corruption war by setting up the public against investigators and prosecutors. Basically, we now have a situation where a largely popular political leader has put the cart before the horse on this matter. The double standards are equally dangerous, but more danger lies in the potency to confuse the process. This is an old tactic where one throws a spanner in the works of budding investigations by creating a certain public expectation. Kenyans should remember where we are coming from. The least we can do, with elections a few years away, is to insist on credibility among our electoral managers. This, again, is not to give electoral managers the blank cheque to do what they wish. Where credibility issues are raised, like they have presently, competent authorities should be given free hand to get to the bottom of the matter once and for all without undue political pressure. We should tone down the 'chicken' gate rhetoric and allow the EACC to get to the root bottom of the matter. If it ends up with indictment of the IEBC chair, so be it. But the process must be clean and devoid of pressure and politics.
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