THE CONSCIENCE FACTOR: WHY IS THAT WE DON’T RECALL OUR CONSCIENCE WHEN DEALING WITH WEIGHTY CONCERNS, BUT RATHER WE RESOLVE THEM POLITICALLY CREATING NEGATIVE REPURCUSSIONS: By Mungai


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…..To most political pundits, the conscience was thrown out of the window by our honourable Members of Parliament when a censure motion was brought in the floor of the house to censure the Agricultural minister, Mr. William Ruto, was defeated. The interior motive of the motion was intended to censure the minister over his handling of his ministerial docket which is been rocked by scandalous scams, where maize strategic reserves ran out of stock in dubious deals which involved the politically correct deals.

This motion came against a major backdrop of a country where almost 10 million of its are facing starvation, a looming famine and the skyrocketing food prices. And, to most Kenyan’s who mostly live under a dollar in a day, life is turning to be too much unbearable.

And, to quote, Dr. Bonny Khalwale, the mover of the motion, he said that the motion is about the minister keeping his job versus the welfare of the poor Kenyan’s. But, as fate would have it his motion was defeated terribly as most M.P’S played the political card.

According to Dr. Khalwale after his motion was defeated, he said that they have lost the war on corruption and most amazing they have lost it terribly at the floor of the house. The decision by the members of Parliament to let the minister loose watered down the much anticipated motion on 18th February which ended on a soar note.

The minister of agriculture may have gotten off the hook, but, in the public opinion courts, the minister stands accused and pointing fingers are always directed at him. He should have stepped aside and pave the way for the investigation to commence because he had a moral responsibility to protect the Kenyans from the cartels who profiteered themselves by stealing our maize reserves at our expense.

The Khalwale’s motion pitied the conscience and political factors. And, as it is the norm in our country the political factor always carries the day. On that fateful day conscience was thrown out of the window, as most Members of Parliament courted with the political factor. They didn’t heed Mr. Khalwale’s call to vote with their conscience and to vote with the starving Kenyans at the expense of the minister keeping his job.

But, why is it that when it comes to weighty matters that are of much concern we don’t recall our conscience to guide us, but, we do resolve them politically? And, the end product happens to be negative repercussions.

What a shameless cabal of Self serving leaders. Fellow Kenyans are dying of hunger and they have the cheek to let Mr. Ruto off the hook, the custodian of the strategic food reserve, under whose watch maize was procured and resold go scot-free even after sleeping on the job

As the clock ticked toward the censure motion against the agriculture minister. After some mps were working to ensure the minister survival. The motion was decisively defeated with 199 mps opposing it and 22 in support. Much was at stake; including possible future political alliances and the need to safe guard support incase one become the next target.

Kenya is among African societies that have never been involved in genuine war on corruption. We have been talking of zero tolerance to corruption but are not fighting the evil.

And, at the end of the day it will not serve much purpose to correct someone who does not know that irresponsibility when dealing with public funds, tribal favor’s and misuse of public resources is corruption.


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