Only a new sheriff will deal decisively with grand graft
SEE ALSO :New graft exposé ahead of Uhuru's speechKusema (to talk), meant negotiating and making deals. Ku-tender meant stealing through felonious tenders. And so there they are – wheeling, dealing and stealing. When you catch up with them, they will look you straight in the eye and deny. They will say that you are accosting their tribe for political reasons. When you look at the list of the thieves, you indeed look as if you are on a crusade against a tribe. For all the names read like they are from the same family. The reason is that when appointments were being made to those positions, one of the primary qualifications was that you had to belong to that tribe. But now here you are, being accused of accosting a tribe. In point of truth, these characters are pests. They will eat up the whole country, including their tribesmen. There is urgent need to stop them. These pests must leave Government, as a matter of urgency. It is ridiculous to imagine that you are investigating them. How do you investigate someone who is still in the office that you are investigating? He will stop at nothing to block you. More significantly, however, is the need for the Head of State to begin going beyond high-sounding rhetoric. Every so often, he comes out sounding desperate and defeated. He cries about the thieves in his Government, like the rest of us. In predictable fashion, President Uhuru Kenyatta has now found a scapegoat called the Judiciary. At every opportunity, he accuses them of “frustrating the fight against corruption.” In truth, however, there is no fight against corruption in Kenya. There is only high-sound rhetoric and drama. For, some of the most basic action against theft by public servants is purely administrative. Nothing stops the President, for example, from dismissing his Cabinet secretaries who have been associated with grand larceny. This President should by now know what Kenyans are saying. Someone, please tell the President that Kenyans are saying that there are two corners in his Government, and that he is only in charge of one of them. The other one, they say, is under his deputy. Mister President, people are also saying that the blue corner and the red corner in your Government are involved in grandlarceny. When the red corner plunders the country through fake dam projects, the blue corner wants to steal Kenya Airways, the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA).
SEE ALSO :Leaders not keen on fighting corruptionYour subjects are saying, Mister President, that the blue corner is scheming to steal the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA), in Mombasa, through a fake national shipping line. We are hearing, Your Excellency, that this drama about fighting graftis a “family feud;” that Kenyans are cast between a rocky blue corner and a hard red place. When you have finished the civil war in Government, nothing will happen. That is until the day a new sheriff comes to town. Then he will deal with this matter, the way grand larceny used to be addressed long ago. In the old days, society dealt with grand larceny by torturing the offender to death. This was done in full view of the public. It was a lesson to anyone who might think of engaging in the vice. You died a painful, slow death. This is what is going to happen to these thieves someday, when a new sheriff comes to town. For now, let us just enjoy the Afro-sinema. - The writer is a strategic public communications adviser
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