There is nothing as frightening for most politicians as digging into their past to expose their transgressions, especially on integrity.
A majority of the highly moneyed Kenyan men and women seeking elective public offices happen to have acquired wealth whose source is not clear. And they would rather nobody examined their integrity records.
The High Court has nullified sections of the law that had made it difficult for the electorate to fire a truant member of Parliament and county assembly.
Legislators had shielded themselves from being recalled by putting in place stringent requirements.
Many remember him as the Chairman of the turbulent Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC) whose final report is still gathering dust in Parliament. Yet Bethuel Kiplagat, who died on Friday, had had a full tour of duty by the time President Kibaki picked him to head TJRC in 2009. Those of us who were of age when President Jomo Kenyatta died in August 1978 recall the emergence of the three Kiplagats from the woodwork about this time.