Leaders would do well not to try to sanitise corruption in any form
SEE ALSO :Esther Passaris to sue Nairobi GovernorIn the Rift Valley, the cacophony has suddenly died down. The Ruto Orchestra leader cum ‘bouncer’, Samuel Cherargei, has gone AWOL, or has he? His able deputy, Kipchumba Murkomen, had the grace, humiliating though, to publicly declare he was quitting the ring in which he had been throwing blind punches that never once hit anything solid. His whining was grating as much as Cherargei’s call for water from the Jordan river to protect William Ruto against the ‘evil’ around Raila Odinga was pitiable. What precipitated this sudden change of heart? To think it was out of objectivity is to be naive, and I refuse to be party to that. As we have been made to understand, politics is a dirty game in which, to survive, one must act dirty. The more ‘dirt’ one collects about ‘partners in crime’, the greater the insurance against betrayal at some stage. Sneaky feeling Nonetheless, we can deduce a lot from what has been said and transpired since the call for polygraph tests and lifestyle audits was made. Further, with Parliament feeding on itself in regard to corruption and the illicit sugar scandal, obviously a lot must remain under wraps to protect the country from imploding. I have this sneaky feeling ‘dossiers’ could have been circulated to some individuals, and that scared the bejesus out of them. The scum of corruption makes Kenya stink to the high heavens, though William Ruto refuses to blame graft, instead blaming an incompetent leadership for our country’s woes.
SEE ALSO :Waititu grilled again over graft claimsGiven that under Jubilees watch Kenya has been going through the roughest patch of its miserable life, was Ruto telling us, not in so many words, that President Kenyatta is, and has been incompetent? Was it a way of evening the score on the ‘kutangatanga’ label that is not so endearing? Further, was Ruto’s declaration during a televised interview that corruption was not responsible for the sorry state of Kenya an attempt to sanitise corruption? Did it aim to steer national debate away from corruption, perhaps even stymie calls for a lifestyle audit on senior government officials deemed to be living beyond their means? Approximately Sh1 billion was lost in the NYS 1 scam, Sh19 billion in NYS 2, Sh100 billion in Goldenburg, Sh8 billion in Anglo Leasing and Sh70 billion at KPC, plus over Sh650 billion annually through other means that include bribery. How much development could we have realised had this money not been stolen? Couldn’t that money have built us a Standard Gauge Railway without mortgaging our country to the Chinese? Couldn’t it have been enough to build a dual carriageway at the killer Salgaa blackspot on the Nakuru-Eldoret road to save lives? How many cancer hospitals could that money have built and equipped? How many schools could that money have helped fully equip? Corruption is our undoing, deal with it conclusively.
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