I have a confession to make. I do not want to make this article about Jubilee and corruption. Anyone who expresses “shock and disbelief” at Jubilee thievery and impunity must have been living in Mars since March 2013. We have new sheriffs in town, of the “meat” eating cannibal type, ask those who have been in Kenya.
To the point of this article: I have consistently argued here that there is no difference between CORD and Jubilee. It turns out that they have more in common than their politics of ethnicity, impunity and mediocrity, siasa ya ukabila, ukora na upuzi.
The have lucky sisters. Very lucky sisters.
When in 2011 there was hue and cry over Raila’s sister being appointed ambassador, his brother, then Prime Minister of the Republic of Kenya, came to her defence in the same language that we are hearing from Uhuru’s relatives who are tenderpreneurs with the Jubilee government. Check:-
He claimed the appointments were procedural, tick.
He claimed the sister was qualified, tick.
He claimed that there is no law that bars the Prime Ministers’ sister from getting a state appointment, tick.
His response was as cynical as that of Uhuru’s cousin, tick.
He said, “I know nepotism but this is not one of those instances…I did not know that if you are a Prime Minister, none of your relatives should serve in the public service.” Uhuru’s cousin is quoted as saying, “We are Kenyans and it is our right to do business in our own country”.
I wish that we had gotten a definition of nepotism from Raila’s dictionary and I would like to know how that definition has changed from when it was her sister to when it is Uhuru’s sister and cousin. This is what I refer to as siasa ya upuzi where definitions change according to what is convenient to the tribal overlords.
Is it wrong for Raila’s and Uhuru’s relatives to benefit from the government largesse courtesy of their famous and powerful brothers? I don’t know. What I know is that you cannot trust an answer to this question that comes from either ODM/CORD or Jubilee. They are both duplicitous, hypocritical and corrupt to the core. I suspect what is good for ones’ sister is good for the others’.
I would like to note two things from the saga.
First, Raila was also quick to say, “This scandal is President Kenyatta’s and he must deal with it as such”. That was rather quick. Was he rather too eager to tie Uhuru to the scandal for political mileage? If this is Uhuru’s scandal, would he want us to forget that the maize and KKV scandals were the Prime Ministers’ scandals?
But that is not even an important issue, it still is common knowledge.
The issue is that tribal kingpins sell the tribal narrative to their followers in the promise that “it is our time to eat”. Members of their tribal constituency are made to expect largesse from a government headed by their tribal overlord. I have said that this story is a lie.
The only people who benefit from these warlords are their sisters, cousins, a motley of relatives and their cronies. And they benefit in the manner that their brothers interpret the value of government. For Jubilee, it is a kusema na ku-tender government. Largesse comes in form of tenders to which the lucky relatives of the Jubilee tribal overlords can expect access. For ODM, it is government jobs. While Kenyans are dying of hunger and many other maladies courtesy of the Jubilee government, the biggest gripe that ODM/CORD has with government is state jobs. For sisters, relatives and cronies, I guess.
If you are not the tribal kingpins’ lucky sister or some other sort of close relative or a crony, the largesse does not include you. The small story they gave you about your tribe eating was a gimmick to get the warlords elected. Sorry.
I often get very angry responses by some misinformed Kenyans telling me that the members of the “tribes in power” are eating meat. This is not true. They are not. The self-styled tribal kingpins and their lucky sisters and relatives are.
In the same newspaper that reported the scandal, they reported that over 40 young men in Chaka, a village in Central province have been killed by Al Shabaab militants in Mandera. They are migrant workers who go to work the quarries of Mandera which would pay more than the local ones. They are aware of the dangers but they have no option. They are not the president’s relatives. They have to fed for their own under the spectre of death!
Picture a situation where young Kikuyus are dying in quarries hundreds of Kilometres away from their homes, while Uhuru’s sister and cousin are getting millions worth of government tenders with their companies listed under the “disadvantaged category”. This is as scandalous as it gets. Yet these same young men from central province will vote for Uhuru. Some people have called them stupid. I have disagreed. I will give the reasons in part two of this article.
In the meantime, the fortunes of the lucky sisters of the power barons in Jubilee will continue to turn for the better. The tribal warlords outside Jubilee have nothing to give to their (this time unlucky) sisters, and they are an angry lot. Very angry.
As for you and me, I hope we finally get the point: It is not about us, it never was!