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A warning to politicians

By | March 28th 2012 at 00:00:00 GMT +0300

By JOHN GEREZANI

I hardly ever do politics here for the simple fact that Kenyan politics sucks. I don’t find anything enchanting in following tribal demagogues masquerading as reform king-pins while at the same time sowing seeds of division and discord thus pushing up crime figures in the country.

Contrary to conventional thinking, the next lot of leaders will not be determined by big political rallies or opinion polls but by a simple pen somewhere along Mombasa Road.

Criminal proclivities of all those aspiring to office must be brought out in the open as we move to issue based politics.

As I am wont to say, not until homosexuality and prostitution is removed from our penal code (a long shot indeed) will l go soft on it.

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I don’t see the difference between those masked gay/prostitutes’ parades in town and a Mungiki march. Perhaps Iteere now needs a Vice squad to specifically handle the brief before gangs move in to control the flesh/drug trade with devastating consequences.

But we have to question what has emboldened these hitherto peripheral groupings. Is it because their client as well as membership lists now extends very high in the power list? Check this out.

Sometime last year an undercover reporter doing a story on child prostitution visited a club in Westie where pederasts are known to frequent. The dude was surprised to see a very senior politician saunter in disguise and without security into the "theatre" at an un-godly hour and emerge 20 minutes later with grump satisfaction.

What of this long serving politician who once cooled his heels in neti on suspicion of committing a capital offence?

There is a time he went on a weeklong hunger strike to protest the withdrawal of a particular cook from his block of residence. Upon close investigation, it was established that he had been shagging the cook and could not countenance life without "wifey."

The other day I was having a chat with a netizen who controlled Western circuit gangs in the not too distant past and was startled by his revelation that riots by villagers and parents at a famous boys school were actually against a voluble area politician who was "messing up" their sons. The closet gay had been taking the young students for trysts in his SUV or far away hotels. Enough of sex pests.

Sanitising politics

The only way to sanitise our politics is by putting the players under a microscope. A politician somewhere is quacking in his shoes reason being that an innocuous order he gave in Kwale County sometime in 2009 was misinterpreted and misapplied by overzealous smarters in Hells Den leading to the deaths of 25 inmates in questionable circumstances, a story that was exclusively covered by this magazine’s predecessor, the CCI.

What is giving the brother sleepless nights actually happened within the corridors of a landmark building in the CBD.

The relaz of one of the deceased netizens had retained the services of a prominent city lawyer to handle the brief but the chap was shocked when an underhand deal was reached to kill the story without his concurrence and consent.

As to whether it was an abuse of office or subversion of justice is a matter for another day.

And to my two pals. Tunajuana sana. You commandeered a plot on which the only halfway home for released convicts stood and put up a block of apartments. And you, yeah...did you lie in the affidavits to court that you had a terminal illness so as to earn your freedom from neti?

Would you agree with me that hawkers and small scale traders in your constituency are suffering because your hotel stands on the plot that had been earmarked for the construction of a market?

Mr Politician, in case you have been or is involved in underworld activities of any kind including bumping off your business partners, jipange because the pen is coming to bear down on you.

I want Maj Gichangi and Eric Kiraithe to call on their boys to dig up all dirt on these jokers and take them to court. That is the least Kenyans expect of the new order as the time to stop mollycoddling well heeled criminals is now.


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