Mr. President, I have warned you before. I am warning you again. You and Jubilee cannot fight corruption in this Country and survive the fight. If you try too hard to fight corruption, it will be a Samsonian effort. It just may bring down the pillars of corruption and impunity but at the same time crash your regime to smithereens. For you, your choices are as clear as night and day. You either keep your regime intact, OR you fight corruption. NOT BOTH.
Disclaimer: The fall of the tribal and corrupt political class in Jubilee and NASA is a great hope and singular commitment of mine. On this one, I am sure we are not seeing things exactly the same way. You want others to fall and you to remain, and you actually think that your biggest enemy is the other tribalists in NASA. It is not. It is yourself and the house of Jubilee you build in 2013, whose main pillars were ethnicity, impunity and mediocrity, siasa ya ukabila, ukora na upuzi.
That is why I was concerned when you said that those wishing to run on a Jubilee ticket should be vetted for integrity and get a clearance from EACC.
You plan to use EACC to do your dirty job. To sanitize Jubilee.
It is not sanitizable.
It will not work. Just like it did not work the last time you presented a list in parliament, in a half-hearted if misguided effort to fight corruption. You have forgotten that the last time you made that push against corruption and asked some Cabinet Secretaries to “step aside”, it left you with egg on your face. Apart from squandering political goodwill, the move did nothing to dent the perception of corruption in your regime. Finally you called the guys concerned to Statehouse to ask them, ‘”sasa mnataka nifanye nini jameeni”. I told you before that this was a big mistake and the beginning of the fall of your regime. Please see http://profmichaelwainaina.com/?s=mene+mene.
One would have hoped that you listened. Seemingly you did not or if you did, you forgot the lesson from the debacle that was the list. As you issue orders against Jubilee aspirants and shouting about integrity, this is a simple reminder. Jubilee and integrity cannot be mentioned in the same sentence. Mr. President, you and Jubilee cannot fight corruption and survive the fight. It is said that a wise man learns more from his enemies that a fool does from his friends. Do not say I did not warn you.
I am surprised that after the circus of the list, now, you are at it again. Your new foray into the territory of corruption is ill-advised and again will fail. Miserably. Your new doomed effort is what in politics we call an “unforced blunder”. It is unforced because you did not have to do it, your enemies did not force you to do it, you upped and just did it all by your good self, just because you could. It is a blunder because of several reasons. Allow me to explain Mr. President.
First, your people say, “muti utegutemwo ndugeragio ithanwa“. (You do not lift an axe against a tree you do not intend to cut.) Corruption is a tree you do not intend to cut. And the reason is obvious. I will remind you of a statement made by Kilfi governor Amason Kingi that even a five year old in Kenya knows who the most corrupt person in the Kenya government is. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzD2KcOVzJQ. I asked you a question then Mr. President. I repeat it here:
“Do you know what a Kenyan five year old knows?”.
If you do, then you know that you and the Jubilee kakistocrasy live in a glass house, and you cannot afford to throw stones. Recently, your nemesis in NASA, he of the watermelon and your-name-betrays-you fame reminded you:
“I agree with Mr. Kenyatta that corrupt people should be barred from holding public office, but let him look next, behind and besides him”. Sunday Nation 12th March 2017 Page 6.
It seems that even the katikati man also knows what a five year old knows.
Since you cannot “cut the tree” do not try the put an axe on it. It will only rattle the already fragile Jubilee Union and this being an election year, you don’t want that. Or do you?
Secondly, pretending you are fighting impunity in Jubilee is a blunder because you are uniquely unqualified to issue such orders. To explain to you why, allow me to refer you to a biblical story in Mathew 18:23-34.
23 “Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. 24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. 25 But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. 27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. 28 But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellow servants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. 29 And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. 30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. 31 So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. 32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: 33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? 34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.”
I am sure you are wondering what the story has to do with you. Everything.
Mr. Kenyatta, how soon have you forgotten that in 2013 you and your deputy were indicted in the ICC for nothing less than crimes against humanity? You gave the finger to Chapter Six of the Constitution that you now pretend to care so much about and told the world that the decision of whether you were fit or not would be placed in the hands of the Kenyan people. You subsequently used state machinery and resources to scuttle the ICC process. In street parlance, we say “uli ponyoka“. Since you “ponyokad“, do you want to tell us that the threshold for integrity is lower for Uhuru Kenyatta and the ruling elite and higher for the rest of us, mere mortals? Do you want to tell us that you can impose on others integrity requirements that do not apply to you and to your deputy? Do you really think you are this special and the rest of us are that foolish? When we were growing up, we used to say that when you use your index finger to point at others, the other three are pointing at you.
My President, you founded your regime on impunity. You loudly declared that is does not matter what people have been accused of, by who and where. They have a “right” to seek political office. What you knew then but did not tell as loudly is that they can in turn use the political office to scuttle the search for justice and insulate themselves. You wrote that script and used is successfully. Other Kenyans have borrowed the script and they will use it just as efficiently. You are the most unqualified person to tell them they cannot use the script – you authored it and build a regime on the foundations of corruption and impunity. Do not pretend that you can change the script now. You cannot. If you do, your house of Jubilee, founded on impunity and corruption will come tumbling down on you.