How I wish the guess­ing game by pros­e­cu­to­rial agen­cies would stop. Like the DP, I see ev­i­dence ev­ery­where but no one will­ing to bell the cat. Who would, any­way, with all th­ese scams?

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices - KIBISU KABATESI Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, pub­li­ca­tions and con­flict man­age­ment spe­cial­ist, UoN

It is a dilemma for pris­on­ers made to tell on each other in the hope that they will be freed, only to find each has con­fessed to the crime. ‘Cat­walk’ Anne Waiguru, as she is now re­ferred to by Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto, fa­mously told the world on prime time TV that it is not il­le­gal to own sev­eral com­pa­nies that bid for the same con­tract. As Devo­lu­tion and Plan­ning CS, she was sure that is a strat­egy to in­crease one’s chances of land­ing a con­tract. The con­cern was com­pa­nies owned by one in­di­vid­ual were hog­ging all the con­tracts at the Na­tional Youth Ser­vice. “No money was stolen,” she told ig­no­rant Kenyans. Then the whole gov­ern­ment, from State House to the Deputy Pres­i­dent and MPs, be­came her de­fence at­tor­neys.

Ruto’s was the most colour­ful de­fence. “There are those who like to op­pose ev­ery­thing. Leo yule ja­maa [Raila] ana­manga­manga huku na kule juu ya NYS. Tu­nataka kumwabia awache porojo na akiwa na shida na Waiguru, let him come face me and Uhuru,” a con­fi­dent Ruto sub­mit­ted.

Then en­ter Josephine Kabura, an unas­sum­ing sud­denly shrewd busi­ness­woman with 20 com­pa­nies to her name in a short span and a bil­lion­aire in days. Alone she carted away Sh1.8 bil­lion of NYS money from banks in gunny bags. The com­pa­nies, she says in an af­fi­davit, be­longed to Waiguru. She was just Waiguru’s hair­dresser. “Woi!” cries Waiguru. “I don’t know that woman,” sound­ing more like Bill Clin­ton deny­ing sex­ual con­tact with Mon­ica Lewin­sky.

No sooner had she said that than the loud­mouths in Ju­bilee be­came sus­pi­ciously quiet, un­til this week when “cat­walk” Waiguru talked about a pup­peteer string­ing Kabura along. She did not name the pup­peteer but pointed the PAC to the Of­fice of the Deputy Pres­i­dent. No names yet but one Farouk Ki­bet, who made hun­dreds of phone calls worth Sh1 mil­lion to an­other cul­prit, seemed to be Deputy Pres­i­dent Ruto’s shadow.

Now Ruto has stopped de­fend­ing Waiguru, say­ing she should not strut her wares around point­ing fin­gers at him. He prays she should carry her own cross and that means - as Trump would say of Hil­lary - there is enough ev­i­dence to lock her up. For both Ruto and Waiguru times have changed, but their for­tunes have re­mained the same.

How I wish the guess­ing game by the pros­e­cu­to­rial agen­cies would stop. Like the Deputy Pres­i­dent, I see ev­i­dence ev­ery­where but no one will­ing to bell the cat. Who would, any­way, with one scam af­ter an­other on an al­most daily menu? ANC leader Musalia Mu­davadi is so scandalised that he has turned to su­per­sti­tion for an ex­pla­na­tion. “This Ju­bilee regime is cursed. The Ju­bilee ex­per­i­ment is a dis­as­ter. Ev­ery­thing it does is laced with cor­rup­tion.”

As the gov­ern­ment fum­bles to cover up the al­leged mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion of Sh5.3 bil­lion at the Min­istry of Health, Mu­davadi wants a foren­sic au­dit of the Sh38 bil­lion Man­aged Equip­ment Ser­vice project (Tiba Mashinani) forced onto county gov­ern­ments, and its ben­e­fi­cia­ries re­vealed.

Mu­davadi takes no pris­on­ers as he names names – some­thing other politi­cians threaten to do but never ac­tu­ally do. Ap­par­ently, the tax­payer has forked out Sh10 bil­lion to ser­vice a lease con­tract whose im­ple­men­ta­tion is any­thing but pleas­ant.

Be­fore the Pres­i­dency can di­gest that, their neme­sis comes bang­ing with an­other “se­cret” tun­nel. This time it “trav­els” miles from Keri­cho to Nakuru so that this “de­ser­ti­fi­ca­tion” by Ju­bilee is not just about haul­ing away cash.


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