Battle against corruption in Kenya taking a long shot to victory

By Diana Busolo Muteshi | Wednesday, Dec 11th 2019 at 12:46
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When a top politician is found to have embezzled public funds, it’s usually throwing jabs at them.

Like President Uhuru Kenyatta said, “Carry your own cross” (Utabeba mzigo wako mwenyewe).

Nairobi, the capital, has top businessmen and women (the elite), the middle class, and the poor. Wrangles at City Hall have been evident during Governor Sonko’s reign.

His predecessor Dr. Evans Kidero was not a saint either. He definitely had skeletons in his closet. Some of the corruption allegations against him include procurement irregularities, attempting to defraud Mumias Sugar Company during his tenure, and many others.

Our current Governor, Mike Mbuvi Sonko, is also facing graft allegations of over 357 Million lost through irregular procurement and payments. This was after a dramatic arrest at Voi (Mombasa County) that humbled the Governor.

The most appealing part of Sonko’s predicament was that he wanted to be the voice of change for Nairobi County. However, things turned out differently. Remember the song Matapeli by Jaguar MP Elect of Starehe constituency.

A line from that song “Matapeli Matapeli hawatujali” (Politicians are con artists they don’t care about us).

Governor Sonko was in the music video portraying himself as the servant of the people.

On the other hand, DPP Noordin Haji seems to be giving leaders a hard time, but still, cases involving high profile individuals have been swept under the rag. Besides, they have money to get out of trouble, especially after going to court.

There is a need for a revolution in Kenya, not just from the youth but everyone in general. Don’t just vote for what glitters or the leader with the money; instead, vote for leadership with clear intentions.

At the moment, we are still not sick and tired of being duped by politicians. Like Sauti Sol says in one of their songs, “Tujiangalie,” meaning we need to check ourselves. This is, however, if we want a better Kenya for future generations.

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