My attention has been drawn to an article by Clay Muganda (DN, January 11) on “selective justice” and the purported lobbying for the disbandment of the Kenya Anti-Corruption Authority by myself and a few ODM legislators.
I have also received flak from friends and foes over utterances made by certain ODM members on this issue. I accept political responsibility for those utterances made in a platform I shared with my party colleagues.
Collectively, as a political class, we have failed when you consider the dissonance between public expectations and parliamentary performance.
That we are behind schedule on the implementation of the Constitution, and that we keep shifting positions on issues such as the establishment of a local tribunal, are all testimony to this. For this reason alone, I will not accept criticism from shifty politicians too seriously.
For the record, let me clarify my position regarding the now infamous meeting of ODM legislators in which I took part on the day Mr Henry Kosgey was arraigned in court by KACC.
As legislators, our main roles are legislative, representation and oversight. On that day, I played my watchdog role by ensuring that constitutional offices like KACC are alive to the aspirations of all stakeholders and will be called to account even when they are doing a good job.
I fully support the KACC’s efforts in fighting graft and impunity in all its forms. I neither support the disbandment of the KACC nor the withdrawal of Kenya from the International Criminal Court.
In law, the party, race, tribe, and gender of any individual under investigation for corruption or crimes against humanity do not matter.
Of course, it would be naïve to disregard the historical application of justice on corruption and its unholy alliance with the ruling class.
We have a new Constitution with miles of thorny terrain to cover before we can achieve constitutionalism. This is the reason that when I see a motherly traffic policewoman being chased by KACC officers, or small-time drug addicts being arrested, my heart goes out to them.
They are merely symptomatic of the larger malaise afflicting society. That they have broken the law is not in doubt. When my party chairman is arraigned in court, it is not that I doubt the competence of KACC, the judicial system or even due process. I lament because the country is still shackled by political shenanigans of the old culture.
Let us face the facts: Kenya is a country of mega-corruption scandals. The ruling class has systemically pulverised citizens into forgiving them.