In Summary
  • Counter-revolutionary activity, as seen with the arrest, teargassing and clobbering of anti-graft campaigners, can only viewed as direct and deliberate sabotage of President Kenyatta’s campaign.

  • And this does not present an auspicious beginning for new Inspector-General of Police Hillary Mutyambai.

  • It should be worrying that, so soon into his reign at police headquarters, his officers are bringing back methods and profiling that we all thought were consigned to the dustbin.

We stepped back in time about a week ago when social activist Boniface Mwangi was held by police investigating an alleged revolution. A week before that, another social justice campaigner who goes by the name Betty wa Shiro had been arrested as police unleashed tear gas at a gathering at Nairobi’s Uhuru Park.

CRACKDOWN

If the police see threats to law and order in the ‘Red Vest’ movement, it should not be Mr Mwangi and Ms Shiro they should be arresting but the real leader of the revolution.

President Uhuru Kenyatta seems to have gone into hiding since the police crackdown on revolutionaries, saboteurs, disgruntled elements and other malcontents and agents of confusion.

We expected that, when he resurfaces, or is tracked down, he would be apprehended by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations and given the third degree to reveal what he knows about the “organisation of revolution likely to cause civil unrest and breach of peace”.

This is because the revolution that has caught the eye of DCI detectives is the emerging public activism against rampant corruption. The #BeyondZeroCorruption campaign can, thus, be seen as direct support for President Kenyatta’s anti-graft drive.

It will take nothing short of a revolution to excise the evil of corruption. There can be no other way when the scourge is embedded in the highest echelons of government, the Judiciary, Legislature, political leadership, security services and even the Church. If he is serious about tackling the scourge, he becomes the de facto leader of the revolution, despite the fact that it could sweep him away too.

The National Police Service, and specifically George Kinoti’s criminal investigations unit, is supposed to be a key player in the anti-graft revolution. But as if presenting shoddy cases for prosecution is not enough, the police are actively waging war against presumptive allies in the anti-corruption war!

GESTAPO TACTICS

Counter-revolutionary activity, as seen with the arrest, teargassing and clobbering of anti-graft campaigners, can only viewed as direct and deliberate sabotage of President Kenyatta’s campaign.

And this does not present an auspicious beginning for new Inspector-General of Police Hillary Mutyambai.

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