Ms. Ann Mῦmbi Waigῦrῦ is not the first Jubilee millionaire in town. And since her thunderous fall, she is not and will not be the last one. This is why I found it suspicious when I saw the headlines, with the PAC asking Waigῦrῦ to explain how she got her millions.
To be sure, I think Waiguru should explain how she got her millions. So should those who sit at the PAC, those they sit with in Parliament, those Jubilee honchos who sit in Statehouse, those falling over themselves to replace them in NASA, so should the lords of devolved graft in the Counties.
My contention is that they all did not make their millions and billions in a way that is very far removed from the way “cat-walking, English-speaking” Waigῦrῦ made hers. If her method needs explaining, so does theirs.
It does not matter what the PAC would want us to believe its official role is. All that is whitewashed by what its actual role has become. A witch-hunting inquisitor, shamelessly using its position to extort from whoever they have a whiff has come across a windfall of dirty money from the Jubilee administration.
Why have I arrived at this conclusion?
PAC has been accused far too many times, of far too many extortion claims, by far too many people for it to imagine that it still holds the legitimacy of a neutral investigator. If PAC is recommending a lifestyle audit for anyone, it must start with a lifestyle audit of its own members.
I have often said that the politicization of the fight against corruption is a deliberate effort by the political class not only to control the fight, but to also make it ineffective and ensure that they continue to benefit from graft. Someone described Kenya’s Parliament as “a fellowship of thugs”, the “cream of all crap”. Anytime you hear PAC shouting how they will crucify so and so, it is coded language of telling the victim that the Committee is ready to talk. That is why you have heard so much ruckus about the hustler jet report. Then it died. Then you heard just as much ruckus about the Kidero report, then it died. The list goes on and on.
Can the PAC show us one investigation it has done to its logical conclusion? One that has led to a successful conviction of a single thief!
In the recent past a one Kipchumba Murkomen has refused to go and see them “quietly”. He, for better or worse, has decided to fight back. He has simply decided to call them for who they are and call their bluff. It is possible that if there was political will to find and punish the NYS thieves, un-countable members of Parliament would fall. In fact, as the list of beneficiaries grew longer and longer, the urgency to get to the bottom of the matter grew less and less. My submission is that if we want to get of the bottom of the NYS saga, someone else needs to investigate it. And now that they want to get Doctors from Tanzania, I propose they also import investigators from there to get to the bottom of the saga. The involvement of PAC has the sole aim of obfuscation and finally scuttling of the whole saga.
There is a saying that my father uses to describe such a scenario. He says nῖ kῦmῖcaria na ῦmῖrῖῖte. Freely translated, it means that someone is looking for his stolen goat with the aid of someone who actually participated in eating it after it was stolen. There is only one guarantee – he will never ever find his goat or even know what happened to it. To look for NYS money using Parliament and its organs nῖ kῦmῖcaria na ῦmῖrῖῖte.
I have consistently said that the argument about integrity in Jubilee is lost. Any effort to pursue issues of integrity will come back to the same pursuers and would bring down the government. So the only option is a game of silence and hot air. A lot of hot air. This latest episode is more hot air. It does seem that Madam Mῦmbi Waigῦrῦ knows that and her response so far has been equally dismissive. A committee that has had to every so often defend itself against claims of graft and extortion is hardly the place she would be threatened by. Yes, Waigῦrῦ should tell us where she got her millions, so should the rest, including the billionaires.