The beauty in Githongo’s soap opera
The plot thickens with each day’s revelations from
the Githongo dossier.
Everything from his dossier to the exclusive BBC
interview, both of which are now in the public domain,
betray a high psychological capacity on Githongo’s
part to decipher trends in public opinion and react
For a former scribe (with the NMG stable’s The East
African), he has done exceptionally well in his
The PAC meeting he’ll have in London this weekend
should cap it all.
What, however, should stand out is the overlooked bit
by most in the fact that he quite literally “spied” on
his corruption subjects.
That he tape-recorded his conversations has given us a
nearly photographic recollection of stuff that many in
power would wish never was.
That, for keen observers, contrasts sharply with the
likes of Collins Owayo in the Goldenberg saga who
would often say clever Moi issued telephone
instructions to him and others.
Probably Moi made the calls, but again probably he
Fact is no Githongo at the time tape-recorded anything
(though the paper trail and rumour mongering would
hint at culpability as much as anything else) and
nothing close to phone transcripts were availed at the
What do we learn from this episode?
First is that civil servants should still blow
whistles when they still can and while they are at it,
You might not have the techno-know-how / why, but at
least be wise (as Githongo and the CBK folks that
leaked the Goldenberg thing were).
The Watergate scandal as well as the Monica Lewinsky
affair also both taught us the benefits of such.
Second and last is that we need some legislative
framework to help us retrieve e-mail and telephone
records for government officials in the public
interest over such cases as Anglo Leasing and
The European Union recently set the pace by setting in
motion policies towards such in its fight against
Privacy issues may be an obvious concern in the
process, but we ought to find some way to balance that
with greater public good.
In the meanwhile, it would be interesting to see how
State House and the Office of Public Communications
handle the latest damage from London.
Yes, from London, with love 🙂
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