Bold statements are being made about how this country will be transformed after the March, 4th 2013 General Elections, but nothing is being said about what will be done differently from the current modus operandi of stealing and hiding. Even with the new constitution, we are still stuck with the old Ole Ntimama and Fred Gumo. These are the people we expect to do things differently. I may not be a very keen supporter of the post 2007 Raila Amolo Odinga, but if he truly intends to march his words with deeds, going by his utterances and borrowings from the bible, those who stole and are still stealing from public coffers and citizens better take the next flight to Elba, for their Waterloo is here. To bring people to account is not witch-hunting, it is delivery of justice and Kenyans are calling for justice.
But we should never put our faith in individuals, but in institutions. The judiciary has taken small steps towards gaining trust of the people, but it still remains at the service of the bourgeois not the proletariats. If it were for the people, we would have seen the drawing of blood. We cannot compare the judiciary of Kenya with that of Brazil simply because the jurists in Brazil know what they have been tasked with, dispensing of justice, justice which is blind to class or social standing, big fish or small fish, they all get fried. Our best and brightest jurists cannot march the courage and the zeal with which Joaquim Benedito Barbosa Gomes currently the Chief Justice of Brazil has shown. The 58-year-old multi-linguist sealed his place in history for presiding over high-profile corruption trial involving a congressional cash-for-votes scheme. Former officials in the ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s government were convicted and sent to prison including da Silva’s former chief of staff.
In Kenya, true checks and balances is still a mirage. The high and mighty are getting away with everything, from murder to corruption. Dr. Willy Mutunga is busy hobnobbing with prospective guests of the state instead of trying to win the trust, hearts and minds of the citizens. Among the first people he created time to see was former President Daniel Arap Moi who oversaw the plunder of this nation. So far ten years since Moi left office, neither he nor his acolytes have faced justice for environmental and economic crimes they committed against Kenya; to the contrary, former officials in his administration are in the frontline strategizing on how to be governors, senators and legislators of the future. The Judicial Service Commission has moved to censure a judge involved in a case concerning Kamlesh Pattni alias Paul of the Goldenberg affair which cost the Kenyan taxpayers and citizens billions of shillings. The judiciary can do better than this. It should bar them from running for or holding any public office, compel them to return what they took from the state with accumulated interests and then punish them accordingly. Anything short of this must be contested by the people.
We want to see economic saboteurs, land grabbers, warmongers, and drug dealers where they legally belong – doing time behind bars, – not in our legislative and administrative corridors of power. In Brazil, mensalão claimed the careers and future of those who were close to power; there is no reason why heads cannot roll in Kenya.