With suffocating political pressure to resign, Finance Minister Kimunya has finally landed a vent to exhale in two predictable soft under bellies. One the tribal card partially worked with Uhuru and Thuo is tow drumming up ellusive surpport for the Kiambu homeboy. But the most dependable life jacket is the emotive and time-tested Luo-Kikuyu angle. This effortlessly gains a life of its own as proved here by bloggers going tongs in hand wading in familiar waters as they conveniently shove the original to the back waters.
Introducing parallel tracks is a sure way to derail a race. In our efforts to whitewash THEFT we now have singularly and selectively trained our guns on source of the bad news. Witty Kimunya has successfully roped us in and we haven’t disappointed. Just look, nobody is asking the basic question of why did Kimunya deny on camera that no sale took place until Orengo spoke? Granted, Orengo is no angel but we only succeed in messaging our collective egos by conveniently rubbishing the expose/message while lynching the messenger. The script so nauseatingly predictable so much so that once cornered you readily fall back to your TRIBE and while at it invoke the bigotry byline revolving around wives, esteem, rich, poverty etc.
Trust and integrity are like virginity, the two virtues are irreplaceable. Kimunya cheated a whole nation and the most honourable thing would be to step aside to allow investigation. But again this is Kenya where the accused has the luxury of choosing his investigators. The tribal crowd are playing ball by selectively sidestepping the recommendations while baying for the blood of committee members. Mutula and Ringera must have been of sentimental values as evident in their loud silence after consultation from their respective masters.
Leadership by slumber
In the blind rage to demonize political opponents, Kimunya is latently roping in Kibaki as complicit in the scam. Whoever Amos briefed is inconsequential because Kibaki was and still remains the final authority in an inter-Governmental deal as Kimunya himself unwittingly told us last week. Cheap gloating and bravado may infalte egos but the verdict from the public court will eventually be very harsh. The politically uninitiated may smell in it the aroma of REALPOLITIK. Well, unfortunately the two principal ingredients of DECEPTION and THEFT defining this grandstanding guarantees the fact that the unpleasant truth will bounce back hitting the face hard and even politically fatal.
Only in Kenya do two wrongs make a right. Our political strength lurks behind propping expensive smokescreens. There is a first time for every sacrifice and until we start from the known instead of chasing cleverly crafted mirages, we will remain at standstill chasing our own tails. We must make our leaders know that the offices they occupy are larger than their personal interests. But again with the prevailing rabid ethnic loyalty that plea amounts to preaching to the converted.
In the spirit of elevating trivia to pole position, it won’t be a surprise to see Kibaki on TV soon clarifying that his family has no son-in-law. What is more, top Kenyan politicians shamelessly engage in sacrilege by swearing in God and Jesus name in vain. The whole charade leaves you wondering whose bluff Kimunya was calling when he thundered that he would rather die than resign. The baby-faced assassin is in SAFE hands and company, mta do? Na bado.