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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Sacked Judges Reflect Our Rotten National Values

The Judges and Magistrates Vetting Board has exposed the rot that most Kenyans would rather have under wraps. The decision to fire top judges who have been acting as gate keeepers of corrupt regimes and owners of Kenya should act as a sounding board that it is not business as usual. Times and Kenya have changed ahead of her citizens. The lack of bigots pointing fingers at Sharad Rao and his team is a clear testimony of the wider objectivity and acceptability of the execution of their mandate.

Previous acts of impunity are speedily catching up with their perveyors. No other institution is best placed to lead by example and from infront than the Judiciary. This is a profession steeped deep in tradition baggaged with heavy Englich language with no commensurate actions. Clinging on seniority while offering no ground-breaking progressive judments amounts to nothing but taking pride is a catalogue of previous mistakes packaging the as experience.

The Rao team had their eyes singularly trained on the forest and refused to be distracted by the thorny trees. The Goldenberg scam will remain a blot on the conscience of our leaders for years to come and by pinning both Nyamu and Bosire on the same was an indictment of their colleective and personal incopetence and judicial insensitivity. One is left shuddering if Riaga Omollo were to succeed in becoming the Chief Justice last year.

Whoever branded lawyers as legal scoundrels had massive brain wave of a genius. That our Judiciary lack philosophical depth need no gainsaying. Forget Nyamu's elementary attempt at poetry while protecting the corrupt. The Vetting Board has reawakened the hitherto lost national renewal of 2002. Those who butchered our national pride as the happiest people in the whole world must be ashamed of their brutal acts.

But all is not lost, we have an opportunity to engineer the change we want. If only we could seize the moment and walk the talk. But can we? Only time will tell. Over to you dear Kenyans.

19 comments:

Mwarang'ethe said...

The Judges and Magistrates Vetting Board has exposed the rot that most Kenyans would rather have under wraps. The decision to fire top judges who have been acting as gate keeepers of currupt regimes and owners of Kenya should act as a sounding board that it is not business as usual.

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An IMPROVED LIE! An IMPROVED LIE!

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That our Judiciary lack philosophical depth need no gainsaying.

xxxx

Well, well, the African Teacher has always pointed countless times that, these lawyers are NOT LEARNED as they make Wanjiku believe.

Now, the question to you is, is this so called Judges and Magistrates Vetting Board, composed of LEARNED figures?

Hell NO and NO.

xxxx

As a matter of fact, THIS IS NOT THE WAY to reform judiciary and even the country. As such, this is in accordance with the cardinal rule:

- show a lot, do nothing.

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Simply, take these AXIOMS (not sure whether one can say axioms, so, we are open to correction) home:

(a) Law is politics.

(b) The BASIS of politics is Economics.

Thus, a law school meant to produce learned men/women, SHOULD/MUST, teach BOTH:

(a) FIRST, Political Economy.

Once a student is WELL VERSED with FUNDAMENTAL and FAIR principles of this science, he, can then, proceed to:

(b) learn the Theory of Government and FORMS of Administration.

As such then, we can declare with 101% CONFIDENCE that, NO SINGLE LAW SCHOOL TODAY, in the West, East and Africa is teaching or producing LEARNED men/women.

They are ALL producing MORONS, IDIOTS, FOOLS, DUPES, and FANATICS who waste all their lives chasing money, but, without brains to reform the tottering civilization.

With that, we are off to enjoy:

Tell the CHILDREN the TRUTH!

They keep on building CHURCH and LAW SCHOOLS at the UNIVERSITIES,

TO DECEIVE the people continually,

Me say them ONLY graduatin' THIEVES, MURDERERS, FOOLS and FANATICS.

http://is.gd/rKJiRS

Anonymous said...

Dear Taabu, I beg to disagree with you. The idea of vetting the judicary is all good, but the reasons so far advanced for the removal of Nyamu and Omollo baffles me. Can somebody please explain to me when a judge can be punished for a judgment he/she makes. It doesn't matter whether you agree with a decision or not, judges are employed to make decisions. I thought that the vetting board would go for tangible evidence of impropriety, and there are plenty, rather than use the judgments of individual judges to find impropriety. Me thinks we are going a dnagerous path. Removing Bosire and replacing him some of the characters we have as judges in Kenyas highest courts is laughable and may come back to haunt us some day...

Anonymous said...

Most of us, the people, are what we are and have always been (rotten to the core) for the last fifty years since our nation gained the colonials once termed as the so-called independence.

Do we, the people, ever stop to wonder how much of (y)our talent is being wasted for want of a little boldeness?

Yes, there continues to be an inclusive national psyche in our midst that is very hard to shake off from our collective shoulders that have become over burdened with a fifty year rotten modus operandi.

We've known for fact that it's our choice, and ours alone, as to what we will do with the rest of our lives, including the type of nation we want to have - since 4th of August, 2010 - for the next five, ten, twenty, thirty or fourty years.

So now what's holding us back since the 4th of August, 2010? Are we still afraid to take a chance, take the risk?

Have we, the people, become so accustomed to our little (professional, regional, tribal, sectarian, personal...) comfort zones to the point where we have conveniently decided to look the other way with regard to all essential matters pertaining to:

Patriotism, national unity, sharing and devolution of power, the (real) rule of law, democracy participation of the people,

Human dignity, equity, social justice, inclusiveness, equality, human rights, non-discrimination and protection of the marginalised,

Good governance, integrity, transparency, acoountability, and

Sustainable development
?

We, the people, probably have it all if we're living in our own little comfort zones, performing unchallenging tasks where no one (including the GSU's four feet long rungus, and free flowing tear-gas and menacing dogs under the influence of all sorts of mbwa kali concoctions courtesy of 'UKW' - Utumishi Kwa Wote) will ever hassle us, taking no risks, facing few problems, never concerned about growth or testing our pontential. Is that living?

We've been talking the talk since the 1980s when well known exiles, detainees, radicals, activists, agitators, clergy, politicians, underground strategists et al, started clamouring for freedom and real political change in the country.

But all we, the people, ever ended up with was the Animal Farm type of political change, (call it 'people's revolution' if you will) the moment many of them ended up being settled in powerful positions of power and higher circles of influence within the country.

Unfortunately, so many of us regardless of our so-called professional, regional, religious and ethnic backgrounds, have been well programed by the powers that be and left shouting and singing the well known choruses that continue to be echoed throughout the country, namely; four legs (our tribal chiefs and tribe) good, two legs (enemy tribal chiefs and other tribes bad) on a daily basis.

How do we, the people, find the courage to take risks in the name of a better Kenya and its people?

When we, the people (Kenyans), begin to walk the walk for a change as well as for the greater good?

Anonymous said...

Personally I never received a promotion in my life that I could not trace directly to recognition that I had gained by rendering more service and better service than for which I was sworn to uphold. ~ Cecil Henry Ethelwood Miller.

Many civil servants strictly limit their public service to that which they are paid and never bother to go beyond the call of duty. Several red flags that led to the overdue sacking of Nyamu, Omollo, Bosire and of course O'kubasu are now public knowledge as clearly indicated in the report. As a matter of fact there was a lot of dirty judicial linen dating back to the Nyayo era that was left out in order to save the faces and what remains of the former judges' dignity. All things considered, the judiciary is still in need of a very thorough clean-up so that more reminants and elements from the previous regimes and current one don't rare thier ug.y heads and end up haunting the nation for another decade or two.

Anonymous said...

Elections in December 2012?

Daily nation quoted Kibaki saying

“I have worked and enjoyed my relationship with Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka who is your son. I’m retiring in December and he is interested in my seat he is capable,” the President said.

Anonymous said...

Shame on us all for we have failed as a nation in the course of the last fifty years. There is no one to blame, scapegoat or use as a sorry excuse for our collective failures, but ourselves. Now how do we heal as a nation and get on with the forgotten business of reconstructing our lives, homes, communities and nation?

Anonymous said...

@4:56 AM
Did he intend to say, one of your own? Or your current leader? "Your son intrested in my seat" means something else all together. No pun intended.

Anonymous said...

The sacked Judges are typical home grown products from a cross section of Kenyan society. Wote tuko pamoja when it comes to the toxic arena of reflecting, emulating and exhibiting very rotten national values, warped cultural values and the already decayed personal values in many homes around the country. Woe to us who are not only rotten but ruined to the very core of our ethnic as well as national existence.

Anonymous said...

I'm no one's political project ... I had ambitions for the Presidency even prior to joining ...

Since when, if some of us may ask? Is it since the day he inherited the seat from his late father?

Since the day he was appointed a minister and later become the shortest serving vice-president in Kenya's political history?

Since the day of Kenyatta/Mudavadi disastrous presidencial ticket of 2002?

Or since the day the current prime minister reached out to him and convinced him (thus making him their project) to help reel in the disfranchised voters from his amalgamated region?

Excuse the digression for moment while some attempts are made to kick the lready political broken ribs of a mule that will soon be forced to learn how to embrace the grazing paddocks of political oblivion after the 2013 general election.

Well, well, well, it came as no surprise when the so-called well staged resignation and consequent ditching of ODM by its second-in-command, one Weakleaf Mudavadi, was made public at a time when he had run out of all reasonable options except the one of joining the newly minted UDF in order to save face in a last minute ditch efforts.

The obvious question on many people's mind is why did he decide to resign at this juncture (stage of the game) when he could have done his constituency, county, region, political party and the coalition government a very big favour by resigning earlier on when the politically damaging headlines Mudavadi Probed In Graves Plot hit the news stands all over the country?

Talking the talk is one thing as usual, but walking the walk begins at home if the United Democratic Front wants to convince the general public that it seeks to be a political entity that is ready, willing and able to stand for accountability and transparency, plus integrity and do away with all of the rotten national values that have become a staple for most of the politicians.

One more thing, what percentage of the votes does Waekleaf Mudavadi estimate the UDF will earn from his home county of Vihiga and neighbouring counties of Kakamega, Busia, and Bungoma?

Is Najib Balala his next project manager and will the man of war from the ancient battle grounds of Mvita just end up being another political millstone around his neck as he struggles to literally swim upstream on his yet to be paved election water canal to the state house in 2013?

Anonymous said...

Hon. Kaloser Kipepeo Kigeugeu wa Kanjia ya Katikati would defeat Hon Weakleaf *... Musalia Mudavadi by 65% to 70% in a runoff election.

*... as in 'Tanga Tanga' - roaming from one political party to the another, from political project to the next without realizing or attracting any much needed traction.

Anonymous said...

Once a project always a project in the world of politics.
The wise fella has gone from being an ODM's project to becoming UDF's project [temporary activity (object) with a starting date, specific goals and (very strict) conditions].

Anonymous said...

What was it like during the Nyayo Era - one of the most repressive two decades, yet most often overlooked, period in the history of Kenya?

Time when the likes of Kalonzo Musyoka, George Saitoti, Weakleaf Musalia Mudavadi, and many of the current MPs were either in parliament or in the civil service?

Most of us know that, far from being a time of despotic rule, the Nyayo Era was an essential period in the grand narrative of Kenya's history - one whose political awakening and struggles are an invaluable part of our current era that seems to have now been squandered by the current generation of politicians who are fully backed by their respective tribal regions.

What was it like to live under a village tyrant? And what became of those who fought so hard for the second liberation?

Some of us have been told and read so many narratives about fellow Kenyans who never compromised their resolve nor ended up becoming good bed fellows with known deadly political elements from the past two despotic regimes.

What became of them? Where are they today and where are the others who are no longer here with us?

And who is who that is still entrenched in circles of power, yet they were influential political hold-overs from the Nyayo Era?

Anonymous said...

History of survival in the fight against the the winds of deminishing returns is trying to repeat itself at the CNN.

It's been reported that real panic has hit hard at the nerve center of CNN, a network that has not only survived the ever constant sledge hammer of the news business industry, but one that has managed to outsmart and outlast some of its fellow competitors, the first cable news pioneers dating back to the early 1980s.

Hence, it comes as no surprise nor shocking to viewers in Africa and elsewhere who grew up watching every bits and pieces of international news delivered into their living rooms by CNN as if it was gospel, but always wondered why civil strife, wars, coups, poverty, drought, crime, underdevelopment and all sorts of African wildlife had an over extended infamous special primetime slot on CNN's international broadcasts, while zero news about anything positive from the African continent and the little progress that was being made never made it to primetime, let alone into the homes of millions and millions of viewers around the world.

There was never a balance of very sensationalized news and very depressing news reports from the so-called CNN's African desk based in Nairobi, Kenya at the time, as was the bias case when it come to purposely withholding the reporting any bad news from the North American continent and rest of Western Europe.

This was at a time when very little news or no news at all was ever reported to the rest of the world about deadly drug wars, addictions, high divorce rate, family break-ups, homelessness, wholesale incacerations by the 'industrial prison complex', lucrative junk food industry, chemical pollutants, daily evictions, reposseions unlimited (American style), foreclosures, forced auctions of personal property, police brutality, homicides, vehicular homicides, suicides, unemployment, corporate corruption as well as corruption in government, organized crime, carjackings, stolen vehicles sydicates, tourism birthing industry (where women from Europe, Asia and Brazil paid a fee - $4000 to $6000 - to be flown in for birthing on US soil so their children could become automatic US citizens 'by birth'), human trafficking across the Mexican and Canadian borders, sexual crimes against women and minors, rampant prostitution, empty churches on Sundays, unimaginable high illiteracy rate in the "land of milk and honey", and devastating health complications (such cancers) that contributed to high death rates, etc in the very home region where CNN had it's mother house, international headquarters.

As time went by, a trickle of desfranchised CNN's international viewers and some well informed local viewers starting resisting the domineering trend that had become the order of the day in almost within all news giant outlets and media house, by seeking other alternative sources of local and international news in order to avoid the suffocating monopoly by the western media houses.

To cut a long story short, CNN's own modus operandi has come home to bite them where it really hurts most, the ratings have decline tremendously in the last years.

CNN has lost a huge chunk of it's viewers to other networks, and also to the ever changing ways in which modern technology delivers news today through various formats and forums.

And the younger generation that no longer holds western media houses such as the CNN on a pedal stool as was the case with the previous generations.

The bottom line is very simple, getting to the top is never a difficult task at all for a determined soul in any industry, but it's staying at the top and remaining relevant that is more than just engaging in an herculian task.

Organisations like CNN will have to reinvent themselves or close shop in due time, as the dinosaurs of old once did when they could not adapt to the changing times of their era.

Anonymous said...

The news menu has changed a lot since the end of the last century. Gone are the days when people around world were held hostage by CNN or basketball. Barclays Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Italian Serie A, Brazilian Séríe A, Latin American Futbol, local football, world athletics, and world music, tosha, as the world turns.

Anonymous said...

Chris wa Kumekucha,
If you are familiar with team sports you know, of course, that the winning team is the one that best coordinates the efforts of its players.

Teamwork wins. It is the same in the great game of life, and more so in the treacherous world of politics.

So the big question is, WHY has the deputy prime minister not yet RESIGNED, let alone quit his other current appointments courtesy of his former political party?

Has someone forgotten or failed to remind him that it's high time he should immediately cease and desist using his former club's facilities, benefits, associates, and clout.

What become of his so-called dignity and political pedigree upbringing? And why is he still desperately trying to elicit last minute help of regional and national fans when he has already joined another team that seems to have been relegated to the minor leagues after the 2007 season?

There is no way a former football team member or official should be allowed to have his cake and eat it while he's still in the club house.

Will someone out there or rather a close confidant of his from Mululu, please remind him that he's beyond being redcarded at this stage of the game, when all the other teams in the major league are ready for the playoffs in a matter of months.

Is there any chance in ... that he will ever man-up and face the music that has become so loud and clear?

And, oh, by the way, I am not an ODMerian nor am I a PNUerian, just so that you know.

Anonymous said...

Having long term powerful friends in high places does provide those invloved with a certain amount of leverage, cushion, security blacket, lifeline, or at times a much needed 'get out of jail card' when people finds themselves in a pickle (kibindoni). On one hand, it really sacks beyond measure when friends in high places get egded out of their careers for good due to various professional reasons or ethical lapses. On the other hand, it's always more difficult to renovate old friendships that were solely based people's stations in life, than it's to start new ones, one does not quite know what s/he'll find or how they will turn out, especially after the one time powerful friends are no longer in high places or powerful positions. It really sacks when some old friendships fizzle out alongside careers that had been cherished for decades. In the end, we're always alone with no one to save us or even come to the rescue when we need them in the nick of time. Life sacks.

Anonymous said...

Chis,
I stop commenting here since u introduced this crappy pop-up comment box. Can u kindly please restore the normal comment section and i will return with my ever enlightening insights.

Yours
Maximus Erectus

Anonymous said...

The AG and the Prosecuter should follow suit. Then we shall have a bit cleaner judiciary.

Then we can start to prosecute those Y92 thieves, Goldenberg thugs, Friends of Gaddafi, Anglo-leasing, PEV thugs and vote thieves. Then the muderer of JM,TJ,Bob Ouko,Muge, etc.
The truth will come out one day.

Anonymous said...

Excuse my French (gammarbula as once taught in Garbatulla where schools don't have trained teachers, classrooms with blackboards, roofs, walls, desks etc).

Anyway, over seventeen billion shillings will be spent on the coming general election while very little has changed in places like Garbatulla among other many regions of the Kenya.

All the general election will reveal is who among who are the real political honey makers, honey drippers and honey takers are from certain politically favoured regions of the country.

In the meantime, political drama continues to unfold, exit the de jure political chief, Musalia Mudavadi a politician who is known for who he has always been, and enter who?

Ababu Namwabwa, a man who is known for who is and for what he has been trying so hard to be, the de facto paramount chief of a place that has always been referred to as 'that other region' of the country.

And just when many outside observers, political friends and diehard foes of Raila Odinga were beginning to believe that ODM's chieftain had lost a popular henchmen from that other region of the country, in comes another self-made henchman who has been tirelessly working behind the shadowy backgrounds since 2008, while desperately seeking for his golden chance to be anointed as the chieftain's regional political assistant.

He's been among politicians from the other region of the country who have already encased all of their political eggs, (oranges by another term) in one basket that is owned, managed and ruled by Raila Odinga.

For it has always been said, the person who follows the bees ends up getting the smoked honey, but what many followers are not aware of is the fact that, the understanding of beehive investments is more valuable and sustainable than just following the bees wherever they go in order to scamble for the leftovers or droppings from the honeycombs discared by seasoned gatherers.

There are those politicians from that other region of the country whose fortunes will definitely rise tremendously or drastically fall with those of Raila Odinga's after the next general election.

And there is no place in the country that will be more affected like that other region of the country, where many have been known to ride on the political coattails of any available political godfathers of a general election at any given point and time in the nation's short history.

Let the coattail riding continue. Only time will tell.

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