Has Waititu been partaking of the wine of violence?
I really do not understand how and why Ferdinand Waititu is a free man still serving in the Kenya Government. Or is he untouchable? Kenya has laws and institutions which we can only respect if they carry out their functions. This is a man on a warpath caught on camera in front of policemen in a speech so perverse, evil and unlawful inciting tribal hatred and animosity against his fellow human beings on the pretext that some of them do not have national identity cards and should be locked up. Waititu wants the Maasai to capitulate on his orders. That the powers that be can sit tight and be content with this man’s continued stay in government speaks a lot about the kind of leadership we have at Harambee House and Shell and BP House. Waititu is a man whose crux conception of exercise of power is through violence. I say this without fear of contradiction because they are facts.
You cannot pretend to empower the majority by stifling the minority. True leadership and propagation of violence are incompatible, mutually exclusive concepts. Leadership demands accountability for one’s actions, promotion of violence requires the exclusion of brain function. The apparent lack of personal responsibility is Waititu’s greatest deficiency and undoing. For a man with high political ambitions – being the governor of Kenya’s metropolis Nairobi – he is a man who is wanting in many sectors. We thought that he would outgrow his outlandish behaviours, engaging in mob beatings and stone throwing to name but a few, but it seems old habits die-hard. It seems this is a snake that sheds the skin but retains the character.
But who should bear the blame? for therein lies the problem. We the voters are partly to blame for the lack of integrity in the August house because we elected some of these people and should feel ashamed. One may even say that Waititu is in good company, Hon. Amb. Chirau Ali Mwakwere was let off the hook on hate speech charges after “apologizing” and promising to preach peace and inclusivity (which is precedent setting I am yet to see a holloi polloi apologise and get freed), meanwhile Fred Gumo is a very free man despite the fact that the crime of handling stolen property is a strict liability crime. We do not have two legal regimes, one for the rich and one for the rest of the people. The law must be comprehensively and collectively applied, a person’s stature in the society should not preclude the law from taking its own course.
I was taught that one of the reasons as to why a civilized society needs laws is that even the weak and innocent deserve equal protection before the law. Till now, I am yet to see Mzalendo Kibunja of the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) take a firm and vocal stand on this matter but I hope that The Director of Public Prosecutions Mr. Keriako Tobiko (who I know is up to the task) will move fast and bring charges against Waititu for his reckless utterances. It is not too much to ask. We have lost lives in Tana River due to perhaps contriving and reckless talk by some people and we should not entertain such conduct from anyone. We must develop a culture of rule of law which is blind to class, creed or religion. Waititu’s utterances cannot go unpunished if we truly believe in the protection of the rights of each and everyone, the powerful and the marginalized.
Let us take a swipe at and shame those leaders who thrive on doctrines of protesting and warmongering with their long-winded speeches.