It's sad that, in this country, big money thieves are adored and revered to an extent that they're considered heroes in their backyards, instead of being shunned and treated as pariahs. Those who have been mentioned in mega scandals, involving millions or billions of taxpayers money, are even more feared and respected here. We even defend them as "mwizi wetu!" In countries like China, they are hanged or shot in a public arena, while in Japan they commit suicide due to the immense shame that will hang over their families, like an ominous cloud, for generations.
Whatever Dr Ndii's motive was, when he aptly described what the sudden surge in unearthing the rampant looting in the Jubilee government is all about, during a recent appearance on KTN's #CheckPoint; one thing is clear: it's a very difficult time to be William Ruto, if he is indeed targeted.
Sonko's move to appoint Miguna Miguna is a bold flash of the middle finger in the eyes of the Mount Kenya fraternity which has been silently but viciously fighting him in Nairobi. But he isn't alone in this scheme. Sonko is a valuable player in one of the two emerging Jubilee camps. His political godfather in Jubilee is well known. Sonko is one of the main strikers in the Hustler team.
If one may ask, What is so different between Uhuru Kenyatta and Robert Mugabe in terms of their human rights record? As a Kenyan, I feel disappointed and cheated by UNICEF's appointment of Mr Kenyatta especially at a time when the ratings of his human rights record back home are at an all-time low!
This became quite evident when an attempt was made on the life of Yebei's widow; a hapless mother of three, all aged below seven years by then. It was an utterly horrendous attack. I know it because I was by then living in the same compound with the lady in Eldoret. She was just two weeks old in our compound, having moved from another neighbourhood on discovering that suspicious characters were constantly trailing her car.
The Machiavellian brand of politics practised in most African countries and many other regions globally demand that the king moves with speed to completely vanquish or at least permanently checkmate the kingmaker immediately after taking over office. Jomo played this card on Jaramogi, Moi owned it and unleashed it at will, while Kibaki perfected it on Raila (his kingmaker) when he rubbished the 2002 pre-election MOU, which saw him kick Odinga and company out of government.
The uneasy calm that has engulfed the country feels more ominous than a nation whose people are loudly quarrelling and calling each other names. Rather than sweep such deep-seated disquiet under the carpet and tell people to "move on," as if all is well, wise people would rather address the matter of a bungled election (read a stolen election) conclusively. Otherwise, the disquiet that we are experiencing now might make the country to dangerously implode at some point in the near future.
The archaic notion that dishing of top posts to individuals from various Kenyan communities benefits their entire communities is too outdated to sell in 2017. Uhuru cannot be allowed to launch rightfully qualified individuals employed in his gov't whenever he goes to Kisii but launches multi-billion projects whenever he goes to Central Kenya or Rift valley.
One would expect the president and his men to relax and take their time to plan how they can get just a little more votes to top up their already full vote basket! Surely, is the president fearing that the over 8 million Kenyan adults, who purportedly gave him an unassailable lead of about 1.5 million over Raila, will change their mind overnight and vote otherwise?