In Summary
  • People who confess their sins must also be willing to take the punishment that comes with turning a new leaf.
  • At best, his hollow confession should be treated with contempt. At worst, he should be called out for being a two-faced opportunist.

Moses Kuria is not a man you'd publicly declare your friendship with.

He is an abrasive character with a corrosive tongue. His language is uncouth, his mannerisms uncultivated, his politics divisive.

He is known for stretching the boundaries of public decency and throwing caution to the wind.

From mocking Chris Msando's brutal murder to inciting inebriated goons against those calling for the prosecution of those involved in the National Youth Service money heist, the Gatundu South MP not only prides himself on causing political controversy but also on making personal enemies.

This week, though, he made a miraculous attempt to cleanse his sinful past.

In a rare show of public repentance, he admitted that MPs are responsible for the suffering Kenyans are going through right now, as they had failed to perform their oversight role, putting the suffering Kenyan at the mercy of a loan-hungry executive.

APOLOGY

It takes an act of immense courage to apologise for the evil you have done. Rarely do our public officials publicly admit guilt and ask for fair judgment for their sins.

In Kenya, politicians would rather die than accept responsibility for messing up our country. Mr Kuria deserves an ‘A’ for putting his political career on the line.

Confessions are good because to err is human and nobody likes a perfect person. Confession lightens the burden of the sinner and offers the victim the first step towards closure.

Kenyans now know who to blame for our unfriendly economy because one of our MPs has correctly diagnosed the problem. Sadly, that's as far as our praise for Moses Kuria should go.

CONSEQUENCES

When you make a public apology for your misdeeds, you not only open yourself to scrutiny but you also put your fate in the hands of those you have wronged.

People who confess their sins must also be willing to take the punishment that comes with turning a new leaf.

Confession for confession’s sake is not done in good faith and therefore, is not welcome.

In mature democracies, Mr Kuria would not only have confessed to being complicit in impoverishing Kenyans, he would have proceeded to resign from his seat and present himself before the law to pay the price for defrauding the Kenyan taxpayer — if he was indeed serious about mending the awful fix he and his colleagues have put us in.

It is not enough for him to apologise for letting down Kenyans and plunging us into this economic black hole.

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