Last chance for Kibaki to redeem himself and save the country
By MWANGi IRUNGU
In politics, as in every battlefield, one can never
write off an opponent untill he has exhausted his last
arsenal, lest the enemy be saving the best for last.
With the disintegration of NARC, loss in the
referendum, failure to honour most of the 2002
campaign pledges and Anglo Leasing scandal among other
political impediments, President Mwai Kibaki might on
his way to his lost yet also familiar hoods in
Muthaiga or Othaya.
Many Kenyans have written him off politically, saying
he cannot redeem himself and proclaim his lost
credibility which many were ready to accord him when
he rode to power.
With the Anglo Leasing scam staring at him, with no
strong political support in some provinces like Nyanza
and Rift Valley save for Nakuru District, Kibaki’s
political flame is slowly fading away as it gets blown
by the anti-Kibaki wave sweeping across the country.
Many Kenyans had a dream, they dreamt of Kibaki
becoming a true African statesman who would hang his
coat on the same rack with the likes of Nelson Mandela
but that dream is no more in the current scheme of
things in the country.
But can Kibaki, like a limping wounded soldier in the
battle field get his groove to re-claim his
credibility and erase his name on the awaiting list of
the “missing in action”?
Kibaki has what it takes to write his name as a
redeemer of the Kenyan political, economic and social
injustices that has rocked this country for years.
Once upon a time, the story is told, Kenya rode on the
same economic lane with the economic giants of the
South east Asia but the current state is incomparable.
Our selfish political system which is yet to be
up-rooted exhaustively gave way to what Gachoka MP
Joseph Nyaga termed as “a crop of very rich
inexperienced Africans and Asians who were picked up
and used by senior Africans to loot State coffers.”
Many public looters-cum-politicians and civil servants
are holding offices for which they are not qualified
due to their sins of the past.
Many in the current and past governments have
plundered public resources and its time we got rid of
them and save out weeping country.
Kenyans have tried to get rid of people who hold
public offices in the guise of serving Kenyans through
the ballot but it has proved hard as they have easily
bribed their way up the ladder.
Many are mentioned in the just released Goldenberg
scam where Court of Appeal Judge Julius Bosire is
baying for their blood.
Others are in the Ndung’u report having grabbed public
land for personal gain and a number too are in the
Anglo Leasing scam.
The Akiwumi tribal clashes report is yet to gather
dust on the shelves and it will come in handy to put
the final nail on the political coffins of additional
ones who might have survived the axe.
With all his executive powers, Kibaki has what it
takes to clean this country and start on a clean
With the help of the Attorney General, Minister for
Justice and Constitutional Affairs and the Judiciary
the president can take drastic measures of whatever
nature that will see such people barred from serving
Kenyans in any public position/ office.
Some ODM political mandarins are waiting anxiously to
make the Anglo Leasing scandal a campaign item but
once Kibaki decides to crack the whip very few will
evade the onslaught.
If he decides to crack the whip Kibaki should resist
going to bed with some politicians who might be
willing to assure him of political survival.
Kibaki should not be moved by some tribal-minded ones
who will start inciting Kenyans to avoid the
humiliation by crusading that the he is after “our
tribe, our land, our people, our…..”
Kenyans will be ready to back the president if he
takes genuine action against such people no matter
their political pedigree.
All what Kenyans want Kibaki to do is, delete them and
empty the recycle bin. Period!
Kenyans are praying for a miracle that will get rid of
people who have done injustice to them as a country.
Its time Mr. President you fully did your duty with no
fear or favour.
Some advice for Mr. Kibaki though, sir, “This world is
full of people who do their duty half-heartedly,
grudgingly and poorly. Don’t be like them. Whatever is
your duty Sir, do it as fully and perfectly as you
possibly can. And when you have finished your duty, go
on to spare some time and talent in service to the
less fortunate people, not for any reward at all, but
because it is the right thing to do.” (Geoffrey
William Griffin, founder, Starehe Boys Center,
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