Haji is right in quest to raise the bar for implicated officials
SEE ALSO :MPs probe reports useless, says HajiWhat the DPP could do is seek to have sections of Chapter Six that were watered down in the 11th Parliament restored and strengthened. The world over, the decent thing when hit by any whiff of scandal is to walk the plank and subject oneself to due process. Only after your name is cleared can you return to work. The thing is, the officer holds the office in trust of the public. It follows therefore that that trust is compromised by acts that contravene the law. Yet, sadly, we have a precedent. President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto offered themselves for election in 2013 in spite of indictments on crimes against humanity charges at The Hague hanging on their heads. That was in spite of the hue and cry from the Opposition, the civil society and the media. The wisdom then was that the crimes the two faced would make it difficult for them to discharge the duties of the presidency. Then, so much time and energy was spent on the legalities rather than morals. For example, can what is morally wrong stand legal scrutiny? But then, two wrongs never made a right. The fact that Uhuru and Ruto somehow found it right in their conscience to seek election in spite of the serious charges they faced at the time - which were later dismissed for lack of evidence - does not make it right for some other officials to be spared that scrutiny and the demand for probity. Haji should push ahead. He is on the right side of history. He is rising up against roguish politicians and power-drunk bureaucrats keen on bending the arc of history towards lawlessness and injustice. He must make it clear, especially to the political class, that respect for the rule of law binds us all; it is not optional. Obviously, he will face a hard time convincing the MPs to adopt his petition because a lot of those the law will target include sitting MPs. But it is worth trying.
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