To win graft war real culprits must be called by their name
SEE ALSO :Esther Passaris to sue Nairobi GovernorIn early adulthood, the energetic prince goes out in search of adventure. Along the way, he has several fights with people from other tribes. He kills quite a number. He ends up in the Theban royal court. Here, he learns that someone has killed the king. He goes out to console the queen and falls in love with her. He marries her and gets a number of children with her. Then disasters begin happening – one after the other – the seven plagues. Unending disasters In the end, diviners are asked to establish the cause of all the unending disasters. The divination reveals that the king is the problem. The oracle reports that the man on the throne killed his father and married his mother. “You are the cause of all our problems. For, the bed you sleep in is a cursed bed. You sleep in your father’s bed. The woman you live with is your mother. The children you have sired are your siblings,” he is told. The facts slowly fall in place. The great man punishes himself by gorging out his eyes to avoid seeing his children ever again. For, they are also his siblings. His wife-mother kills herself. Oedipus goes into exile in the wilderness. There is dramatic irony in this story. The audience knows the truth but the people in the drama don’t. Oedipus does not know his history and how he is the source of the plagues in the kingdom. In the Bible, King David did not know that he was the wicked rich man who had “eaten his poor neighbour’s lonely goat” when he could have eaten one from his thousands. Sages shocked both King David and King Oedipus into the truth.
SEE ALSO :Waititu grilled again over graft claimsConversations on corruption in Kenya tend to tiptoe around the true offenders. In the latest dialogue at the Bomas of Kenya last week, the sages who should have given pointers to what is happening were kept away. Organised under the aegis of the Association of Professional Societies in Eastern Africa (APSEA) the conference notably did not benefit from the Auditor General. Also missing in action was the Controller of Budget. These are the latter-day sages who should tell us about the plague of corruption. When you do not have the Auditor-General and the Controller of Budget at a national gathering that claims to address corruption, then the whole exercise is a farce. It only sends good money after bad money. The plague only gets worse. Meanwhile, among those talking loudest are the individuals whom the world sees as the drivers of the scourge. We will get out of this mess only after the real culprits are called by their names and are brought to justice. Maybe they sincerely don’t even know that they are the thieves everyone is talking about. These people sound like mockers. - The writer is a strategic public communications adviser. www.barrackmuluka.co.ke
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