Sunday, February 08, 2009
Engineered Hunger is Crime Against Humanity
Mama Ethuuko Nangole has become the sad face of a starving Kenya. The grim pictures from other part of the country epitomize the VALUELESSNESS that singularly defines our national leadership.
The guilty are VERY AFRAID running scared and shadow boxing. Following Kimunya’s steps, besieged Ruto has retreated to drumming ethnic support from his political backyard to ward off culpability in the maize scandal. The adage of those refusing to learn from history being condemned to repeat has never been apt. Caught with pants dangling below the knee Bill still shamelessly still borrows Kiraitu’s hitherto sturdy noose in declaring the maize fraud as THE SCANDAL THAT NEVER WAS.
Well, it is true every Kenyan has a right and freedom to buy cereals from NCPB. But you don’t con Kenyans by reverting to painful old corrupt ways of offloading to brokers subsidized grain meant for millers. Samoei should have upped his game to the league of REAL GATE KEEPERS who milk us dry without pedestrian trace of evidence.
Also true is Kiraitu’s neck deep involvement in the Triton oil scandal. But Ruto must know better than poorly mutating the SECURITY IN NUMBERS gimmick. Kibaki and his cronies may have perfected that vice it to an extent nobody in the GGC is left is with any scent, but Ruto’s cheap shots just fell below par. You don’t run after the second thief before dealing with the one already caught.
And Ababu Namwamba’s juvenile jibe of detraction was the last straw that must disabuse us of the deceptive and hollow pride anchored in generation change. Bony Khalwale the bull fighter permuting his political price till the right bidder comes calling but so far he is the only one MP in the company of Imanyara left standing.
Eyes on 2012
The maize scandal may be the eye opener to gullible Kenyans who recycle scoundrels to parliament after every five years. Now they are smarting and earning at individual level the wages of national corruption. The big problem lies in cheap politicization of such grave crimes just like Jimmy Kibaki is doing with thinly-veiled campaign to succeed his father in 2012. If Jimmy thinks Nithi MP deserves full cabinet post, he is better placed to canvass for him from his own dad.
Corruption is what feeds impunity that is presently chocking Kenya. What part of its anatomy can be uprooted that must start from somewhere with somebody. Even Martha Karua’s sermons atop hills is hollow knowing that hers is premised on expediency and self-preservation both disguised to mask her political tantrum. We live in politically volatile and interesting times. The pangs may be painful but the future is promising.