CORRUPTION: A DIVERSIONALLY CALCULATED TACTIC, PLOY MEANT TO DIVERT KENYANS FROM THE REAL ISSUES: By Mungai

On Sunday the 14th February, the Honorable Prime Minister, Raila Odinga, called a press conference where he announced that he has sacked two cabinet ministers, Hon William Ruto, minister for agriculture and his Education counterpart Profs Sam Ongeri. Later in the day the president –the appointing authority released a statement quashing and disowning the sacking citing that the prior consultations hadn’t taken place .from that point onward the influx of mixed reactions and concerns started to flow with different interpretations of the law.

The P.M criticized for overstepping his mandate for he wasn’t the appointing authority .the affected ministers defied his orders, and what was to follow a precipitation of a crisis.

I think that action by the P.M can be interpreted as a calculated diversionary tactic that was employed to hoodwink the Kenyans and to release some pressures which were been exerted on his office which was under intense pressure .it was a calculated ploy meant to divert Kenyans from the real issues facing the country, top on the list being corruption.

The goal of this diversion is to shield the P.M from taking political responsibility over corruption that has happened under his watch and already claimed the jobs of his personal assistant .Kenyans mu7st see the scheme for what it is and say no before they are treated to another political dance aimed at buying the truth on such a serious matter.

Been the supervisor and the coordinator of government ministries the Prime Minister was und3er pressure to explain how his staff was engaging in corrupt deals under his nose and considering the fact that he had attacked the minister of education publicly and dared him to resign.

Before the maize scandal resurfaced and implicated officers at the P.M’s office, the P.M had taken the war to Prof Ongeri’s ddoorste0p over the stolen funds. When he was cornered, suddenly talked about the need not to sacrifice innocent civil servants.

The p.m ignited a fire he didn’t that it will consume his own dwelling office .and, as one reggae sung the late peter Tosh, once sung, that if you live in a glass house don’t throw stones to your opponents: he didn’t know what would transpire as he was forced to eat a humble pie. as he took corruption battle at the doorsteps of ongeri ,when he publicly recommended to the president during the meeting of the government officials at Kenya institute of administration ,in Nairobi ,for them to them to be sacked a call he again repeated ,he didn’t imagine that the heat would turn again him.

The rhetoric remarks by the p.m on these officials and the action are hypocritical baseless and empty populist propaganda with an intention to capitalize on the matter politically considering the manner in which it was executed .but it didn’t transpire to him that the hunter might turn out to be hunted. The p.m is a guy with a log in his eye keen to point out the speck in the neighbors. It is like the pot is calling the kettle black. He should have known better than to act holier than thou .and, I’m not surprised that he was paid back in the same coin.

Although his rallying call for stepping aside over these scandals sounds bold, some questions still remains unanswered about his fight against graft .and if minister have to take political responsibility for the mistakes that happen under their watch then the p.m should have set an example by resigning during the recent maize scandal that directly involved his office, but, he opted to act defensively.

Somebody may have leaked the report onto the maize scandal that so alarmed the Nation. But, the report by Price water House Coopers fingered the P.M’s permanent secretary, Dr Mohammed Isahakia and administratitive secretary, Caroli Omondi and therefore put the P.M himself on the spot. The P.M was caught dead in his tracks.

The manner in which PWC report was leaked may be a sideshow, but, the important thing is that it is now in the public domain. True enough; the leaker was clearly, motivated to embarrass the P.M, but a scam, irrespective on how it gets exposed. The issue is that there is massive corruption in Government. Now that it is clear both sides of the coalition are culpable. Kenyans now know Government will not fight corruption.

The politicization of the war against corruption is to be deplored, but there is one side upside to it. Each side of the divide is keen to spill the beans on the other. And, it is difficult to overstate the contradictory position in which the P.M has put himself in.

But, why is it that the war on corruption is turned to a political gimmick, where it is condoned and courted in our systems? And, what is this obsession with the theft of public funds? Or, is it a clear manifestation of how our human ethos has deteriorated?

Many are using the incessant and discordant fiddling in the coalition government and a smoke screen for them to pilfer from the public coffers. In Such circumstances condemning corruption becomes frightening and unpopular even among the few honest politicians. Power politics and corruption have truly become the diplomatic names for the law of the jungle.

In the wake of successive scandals we have heard them unleash cryptic utterances in their defense. The intrigues have left the public more and more confounded. Members of parliament across the political divide have been hired to form a protective ring around the architects of these scandals.

But what is the ultimate solution to the scandalous scandals? Taking responsibility for our actions and those of the people should be a culture we should nurture in our society. The realization that what is in the National interest is always paramount is a value our leaders at all levels must reflect.

And, Kenyans must continue debating the values they wish to see reflected in their leaders. We should always remember however that we will continue tp pay lip service to values unless we and our leaders live them.


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