The pres­i­dency, in a ma­jor cam­paign led by the Deputy Pres­i­dent, is all out to si­lence anti-graft voices while pro­tect­ing the real Lords of Cor­rup­tion. Woe unto you if you dare speak out against them

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices - TI­MOTHY BOSIRE ODM na­tional trea­surer and Ki­tutu Masaba MP

Dur­ing the 2013 cam­paigns, Ju­bilee de­vel­oped an am­bi­tious man­i­festo promis­ing a lot to Kenyans, fore­most be­ing “zero tol­er­ance for cor­rup­tion”. Even af­ter get­ting to power, Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta and Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto have on sev­eral oc­ca­sions been quoted recit­ing the same prom­ise even as cor­rup­tion scan­dals, some di­rectly linked to their close al­lies and rel­a­tives, rav­age the coun­try. Graft is es­ca­lat­ing to cri­sis lev­els. What a crude irony!

Their promised “Zero tol­er­ance for cor­rup­tion”, it ap­pears, was de­lib­er­ate cam­paign trick­ery to hood­wink un­sus­pect­ing Kenyans to sup­port and vote for them. If get­ting votes through trick­ery were to be equated to ac­quir­ing goods by false pre­tences and the ap­pli­ca­ble laws ap­plied ap­pro­pri­ately, this regime stands ac­cused of get­ting to power fraud­u­lently.

To­day, the pres­i­dency, in a ma­jor cam­paign led by the Deputy Pres­i­dent, is all out to si­lence the anti-cor­rup­tion cru­saders while pro­tect­ing the real Lords of Cor­rup­tion. Woe unto you if you dare iden­tify and speak out against graft and, or any mis­take or crime that the Ju­bilee gov­ern­ment makes. If you hap­pen to name the cul­prits, the es­tab­lish­ment quickly un­leashes its po­lit­i­cal func­tionar­ies to at­tack you, call you names and la­bel you all the dirty nick­names to play you against the pub­lic.

This is why Cord leader Raila Odinga, who whistle­blew and con­demned scan­dals rang­ing from the Hus­tler’s Jet, the stan­dard gauge rail­way’s in­flated costs, the Eurobond, the Na­tional Youth Ser­vice scam, the Rio Olympics fi­asco, the “lap­tops to tablets switch” ripoff, Chick­enGate, the North­ern Col­lec­tor Tun­nel, the Itare Dam project to eth­nic ap­point­ments to se­nior pub­lic ser­vice po­si­tions and oth­ers have been pro­filed and la­belled en­e­mies of the state. Yet they de­serve to be awarded for help­ing the coun­try.

If Ju­bilee were led by pa­tri­otic lead­ers, these newly la­belled en­e­mies would be ac­knowl­edged as true part­ners in devel­op­ment. In­stead, they have de­clared war on lead­ers and cit­i­zens cam­paign­ing to cor­rect what is go­ing wrong.

The DP has now made it his daily song to de­monise the anti-cor­rup­tion ad­mo­ni­tions made by Raila and other out­spo­ken op­po­si­tion lead­ers. In fact, he has scaled his crit­i­cism up by la­belling these lead­ers anti-devel­op­ment Lords of Poverty and cham­pi­ons of so­ci­etal de­cay. Noth­ing can be far­ther from the truth. If Ruto and other Ju­bilee stal­warts were gen­uine about good gov­er­nance, ac­count­abil­ity and zero tol­er­ance for cor­rup­tion, they should con­sider all whistle­blow­ers as pro-devel­op­ment and work to­gether with them for the good of all Kenyans.

In his lat­est tirade against the op­po­si­tion, the Deputy Pres­i­dent told Kenyans to ig­nore whistle­blow­ers and re­ject the op­po­si­tion be­cause “they hate and are fight­ing gov­ern­ment projects that will ben­e­fit the peo­ple”. He urged them to re­elect them next year. Iron­i­cally, he is rub­bish­ing the op­po­si­tion at a time when the NYS scan­dal they first de­nied ex­isted has un­rav­elled so much that Ruto him­self is be­lat­edly ad­mit­ting it openly and ap­por­tion­ing blame af­ter the list of cul­prits was stretched to his doorstep.

He now says former De­vo­lu­tion CS Anne Waig­uru is cul­pa­ble and should be pros­e­cuted and jailed. On her part, Waig­uru, who ini­tially de­nied money had been stolen at the NYS, has made an about-turn and ad­mit­ted there was a well-or­ches­trated plan to steal from the pub­lic cof­fers. She even named the DP’s close aides and al­lies as cul­prits. She now wants them pros­e­cuted and jailed. Who said there is no hon­our amongst thieves?

Clearly, Ju­bilee has sad­dled Kenya with a crim­i­nal en­ter­prise for a gov­ern­ment. The coun­try is bleed­ing from all its open­ings due to cor­rup­tion, theft, em­bez­zle­ment, mis­man­age­ment, mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion of pub­lic re­sources and in­com­pe­tence.


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