Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Chinedu Drug Arrest Linked To Daring Politics
Why would the arrest of a controversial Nigerian who has for a long time been linked to the drug trade in Kenya be of such far reaching significance? After all drug suspects get arrested (only to be quickly released and charges dropped) all the time in our beautiful banana republic of a country.
What is the link to politics and political figures? Who in government is after Anthony Chinedu and who are the people protecting him? Was George Saitoti a victim of powerful drug cartels in Kenya who did not want to be exposed as is widely believed?
These are just some of the questions going through the minds of political analysts in the know after the dramatic events of last weekend.
On Saturday night at about midnight anti-narcotics policemen raided the home of Nigerian Anthony Chinedu in the leafy Kileleshwa neighborhood in Nairobi. Although they identified themselves as policemen, Chinedu refused to open the door leaving the police with no option but to break into his house. They found equipment that is usually used in the drug trade like weighing machines and packing materials. They also found 10 grams of a substance believed to be heroin. Interestingly when Chinedu appeared in court on Monday there was no mention of the drugs.
Actually Chinedu’s troubles as well as the powerful friends already working behind the scenes to make everything go away are both working side by side in the current government and naturally they have names. This is the highly sensitive information that is contained in a special issue of my raw notes just published a few minutes ago that includes lists of names.
It is no accident that journalists in Kenya shake in their boots and break into a cold sweat whenever they are faced with an assignment to write about the drug trade in Kenya. Only the very brave like Jicho Pevu’s Mohamed Ali and John Allan Namu have dared at great risk to their personal safety. Although drug barons still found a very creative way (NOT a bribe) to stop the drug exposes on KTN (information that can be found in back issues of Kumekucha’s raw notes).
It is no secret that seemingly harmless drug Lords operating the shadows as “prominent local businessmen” have not only eliminated those who dare stand in their way but in other countries these kind of people have also destabilized and even brought down powerful governments who have tried to go after them.
All indications are that the extremely powerful people in government who instigated the arrest are determined that the Nigerian be deported from the country.
It is only in Kenya that the people so respect money that they quickly start worshipping those who seem to have plenty of it without caring where the money came from in the first place. Without the benefit of any evidence where does all the bottomless wealth that is flouted in our country come from? The time has come to interrogate all those characters we see spending the whole day hanging around in restaurants and entertainment spots just spending money and calling themselves businessmen. Yet they have no known factories or brands to justify their cash flow. In any case other Kenyans who own such assets and toil for long hours can never afford the kind of lifestyles these idlers enjoy.
I will not even begin to discuss the huge number of foreigners with dubious backgrounds who pour into Kenya every day, are rude to locals, push them around and sometimes assault and kill them and yet nothing is done.
Indeed Kenya already has a reputation for being one of the most attractive “investment destination’ for criminals because everybody knows that all you need to do is show a little cash and you will be untouchable quite literally able to do what you cannot do in your own home country.
This is all very sad and the worship of money in Kenya can only be classified as extreme and legendary. The story is told of a very wealthy man based in Kitui in the 70s and 80s who would deliberately answer calls of nature (the longer version) in bushes and then he would wipe himself with 100 shilling notes and leave them there next to his smelly waste. Minutes later there would be a scramble for the “soiled” notes. That is the kind of jostle regularly happening in Nairobi when you consider how some people earn their money.
And the worst thing of all is that the drug trade and politics in Kenya are joined at the hip.
Is it okay for a drug baron to be in government?