IRST Lady Margret Kenyatta has been running herself lame in an effort to help our mothers and babies through her Beyond Zero initiative. But with the latest scandal at the Ministry of Health, it seems there are people in this government who want her to run until she collapses, before realising the noble objectives of her initiatives.
The declaration by Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu that no money was lost in the latest scandal to hit the Jubilee government just proves the challenges that confront the First Lady. Even more worrisome is his assertion that the alleged loss of funds at the ministry is a scandal that never was.
The CS made the claims soon after Deputy President William Ruto was quoted as saying that the Jubilee regime has a clear track record on fighting corruption. The position taken by these two high-ranking government officials on this very sad and sensitive matter is laughable. If the regime has any anti-graft track record, then it should place it on the table for Kenyans to savour and take their pick.
Yet, the reaction of the government this far does not give us the smallest hint that it is interested in the war on corruption.
CS James Macharia and PS Nicholas Muraguri on whose watch this scandal was authored, are still well ensconced in their positions.
Macharia is presiding over the multi-billion-shilling ministry even as the details of what exactly he presides over get murkier by the day.
If the President were ever interested in fighting corruption, both Macharia and Muraguri would be out of their positions.
The Jubilee regime has no stomach for fighting corruption. Beyond rhetoric, there is nothing tangible the government has done or is willing to do to stop graft in its tracks.
And then there was the attempt by Jubilee to focus its arsenal on the Auditor General for alleged corruption in his office.
Even if the Auditor has transgressed against the law, the timing of the attack on him by Jubilee does not look wise, particularly because the public perceives his job in unmasking highlevel corruption as splendid.
The Jubilee regime has insulated the security tenders from the Office of the Auditor General’s oversight. They have also given the Auditor a deputy who is not contemplated under the law. At the EACC, those interested in fighting corruption have not been allowed to execute their mandate.