In Summary
  • The Treasury of the Republic is accused of complicity in looting the public purse and cooking economic data.
  • Mr Kinoti must investigate with dispassionate efficiency, Mr Haji must prosecute fairly but implacably while CJ Maraga should lose the air of a country lawyer.

Extraordinary perils call for extraordinary remedies. The Treasury of the Republic is accused of complicity in looting the public purse and cooking economic data. Monday’s arrest of Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich, principal secretaries Kamau Thugge (Treasury) and Susan Koech (East African Cooperation) and 25 other top government officials over the dam scandal in Elgeyo-Marakwet shows that the country is on the very verge of collapse, consumed from the inside by the malign effect of corruption and greed.

This is not a situation that can be addressed by dramatic arrests and arraignments, threats from the Presidency and a reluctant shuffling of magistrates by the Chief Justice.

Kenyans are losing confidence in President Uhuru Kenyatta and the kit and caboodle of Jubilee at a time when the country faces a dire crisis of theft — on a massive scale — allegedly by people entrusted with the management of its finances. It is time for President Kenyatta to demonstrate real leadership and true political will and harness all the institutions of State to save the country.

DAM FIASCO

The arrest of the leadership of the Finance ministry over its alleged role in the most brazen theft in Kenya’s history — the Kimwarer and Arror dam fiasco — shows that Kenya has hit rock bottom.

The country must now find the strength to rise from the filth of corruption. For this to happen, the weekend rally warriors who burn fuel hopping from meeting to meeting, corrupting the minds of the people with cheap politics that they must now depoliticise the fight against corruption or face the people’s wrath.

The issue is not whose supporter, or from which tribe, the suspect comes but whether there is a prima facie case against them and whether they have been treated fairly.

As for the people at the spearhead of this fight, Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji, Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti and Chief Justice David Maraga, they need to know that if they fail the people of Kenya at this critical juncture, they will not have to wait for history to judge them.

They will be judged by the masses of the Kenyan people, disgusted by the musical chairs of arrests and no conviction and of thieves who continue to fly their ill-gotten private jets as people die of preventable diseases and children learn in the open.

Mr Kinoti must investigate with dispassionate efficiency, Mr Haji must prosecute fairly but implacably while CJ Maraga should lose the air of a country lawyer.

CORRUPTION

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