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Why Jubilee’s tyranny of numbers is not good for the country
By Kariuki Muiru | Updated Aug 23, 2017 at 10:57 EAT
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President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy Ruto during el
SUMMARY
  • The constitutional office of Auditor General has been the target of Jubilee government for two years since the two contentious issues of audit of the Euro Bond money and National Youth Service scandal came into the limelight.
  • Jubilee administration is celebrating after scooping a majority of the seats in the August 8 polls.

The Jubilee administration is enjoying what they are calling ‘tyranny of numbers reloaded’ in both the Senate and National Assembly after scooping a majority of the seats in the August 8 polls.

No less than Leader of Majority in the National Assembly Aden Duale has stated so. One person who should be very worried by this is Auditor General Edward Ouko.

No one will be surprised if the first agenda in the House will be his removal from office. The constitutional office of Auditor General has been the target of Jubilee government for two years since the two contentious issues of audit of the Euro Bond money and National Youth Service scandal came into the limelight.

It is regrettable that a government can target an individual holding a constitutional office over good performance.

It all started with accusation of inflated procurement of the oracle-based software used by the office of the Auditor General (otherwise called Kenya National Audit Office (KeNAO)). The investigators found out that there was criminal inflation of the final price to Sh100 million and the money was traced to a senior member of staff at KeNAO.

However, senior Jubilee honchos are not interested in charging the suspect in court but want the name substituted with that of Ouko.

What more outrage frontier can the ruling elite surpass? The real reason for illegal and unconstitutional purge of Ouko as a person is to cover-up theft of State resources and petty tribalism.

Again, the ‘tyranny of numbers re-loaded’ will roll back democratic and civic space Kenya has achieved after half a century of fighting single party rule. In the end, this re-loaded impunity must be oiled by illicit State largesse that the Auditor General will not be allowed to audit.

Eventually, even the county governments might join the band wagon of Jubilee and gorge on State resources uninterrupted. Additionally, the illegal and extrajudicial crack-down on civil society organisations will start an all-out war between the Jubilee administration and a civil society-led Opposition as it happened during single party era.

The Government of the day then, lost the fight; and if Jubilee-reloaded does not watch out, it will lose too.

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