Even as thousands of Kenyans flee the country mainly as economic refugees, many others know this republic as a land of unlimited opportunity and potential. Several continue to grow fabulously rich literally overnight.
Sadly this does not happened from doing legitimate business. And as the leaked Kroll report confirmed, the business of illegal drugs is very closely linked and intertwined to the politics of the land. The Kroll report names one of retired President Moi's sons as a major drug dealer during his dad's long reign in power. Actually the contents of that report came as no surprise to those who know
Take the town of
Indeed one has to be extremely careful when asking such questions and even writing about them in the public domain as Kumekucha’s own Chris found out recently. Even an anonymous blogger writing too deeply about the drug business in
But the question I would like to pose in this post is this; Is it okay for drug barons to be in government and to even sponsor major political parties in Kenya (name with-held here because I plan on staying in Kenya)?
We have seen in this forum that most Kenyans do not think that the private life and behaviour of a public figure has any bearing on their possible performance in office. Indeed if the comments posted in this blog in recent times are to be believed then Kenyans would care less if they are led by a high class prostitute or international drug dealer as long as the person is charismatic and well-liked and must absolutely have plenty of cash. Ethics and a good name count for nothing in these shores. Perhaps that is why total man Nicholas Biwott once said that the only thing he fears is poverty. Implying at the time he made the remarks that a good or bad name was of no consequence as long as you had the money. Time has proved those remarks to be fairly accurate. Although he is out of parliament Mr Biwott continues to run the businesses he did not have when he took public office and allegations against him (some of which adequate evidence exists to prosecute according to people who should know like retired Scotland yard sleuth, John Troon) are not being pursued by anybody. In sharp contrast people with a good name like former ethics PS John Githongo remain in exile. So it is true. Whatever you do in
More evidence that Kenyans care less about the character of those who lead them can be found in the composition of the 10th parliament. Although the electorate did the commendable thing of throwing out one well known drug dealer, Kenyans elected numerous other crooks to replace him.
Yesterday I felt like throwing up (as Chris would put it), as I watched legislator Stanley Githunguri tell a local TV presenter (on Citizen or K24, can’t quite remember which TV station) that we must now fight corruption in the country as a matter of urgency. He added that a fortune can be saved by dealing with corruption. How did Mr Githunguri make his money? When most readers of this blog were either unborn or too young to know what was going on, this man embezzled a fortune in public funds from the National bank of
So now the same chap wants to fight corruption? Give me a break!!
The most frightening thing in all this is the fact that politics in
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