Will even a Tana River crocodile swallow the latest move by Kibaki to hoodwink donors?
The Kenyan cabinet traditionally meets on Thursdays. Yesterday there was a well publicized meeting of the bloated 43-ministers-grand-coalition cabinet.
Now the deliberations in these meetings are confidential and what is supposed to happen is that anything that the president wants the people to know that was discussed in the meeting will usually be told to the public via a government statement of some sort.
But that is NOT what happened yesterday. Instead some cabinet minister violated the official secrets act and spilled all the beans on what was discussed at the session. Or did they?
Actually keen observers should have noticed by now that the government usually releases some “convenient leakages” of their deliberations to the media when it suits their purposes. Can you guess their media of choice for these so-called leakages? Well let me tell you and you can just go and do your own research to verify. It is always the Daily Nation.
Read the Nation story for yourself.
It seems that the government or rather the president wants us to know that he told off his ministers. Slapped their wrists, so to speak. You know when you mother is making chapatis and you cannot wait for them to be ready and you sneak your hand into the pan and cut off a piece? She slaps your wrist while laughing and lets you get away with the piece of chapati that you have stolen.
So in this case the president is slapping wrists instead of firing ministers and arraigning them in court for the criminal offences they have committed (some of which have directly led to the death of many Kenyans—like the maize scandal).
My deep suspicion is that yesterday’s "convenient leakage" was for the benefit of the donors. You see the Kenyan government is very broke. And this is the worst of times for the government to admit that with all the mega-scandals involving the cabinet that have been hitting the headlines. And yet the same government need to address the famine situation urgently and this is where donors come in. Kibaki and Raila have been doing lots of begging recently for food aid. Yesterday “leakage” was designed to show donors that the president is doing something to address the corruption in his cabinet.
Hehehehehehehehehehe. Very funny. Sorry. Not even a hungry Tana River crocodile can swallow that one.
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