Lords of corruption finding out there is nowhere to hide
4 months ago, 10 Aug 20:04
Corruption is as old as the Christian myth of creation in which, on the sixth day, God made man (Adam) in His image followed by Eve, and allowed them to rule over all living creatures and plants.
Soon after, the Devil, in the form of a serpent, tempted Eve to eat the forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge and share with Adam.
This allowed them both to know the difference between good and evil, and it can be regarded as the first example of corruption that has since sullied every aspect of human existence.
This allegory about the Original Sin and the Fall of Man may sound rather far-fetched, but it does illustrate one important fact; that graft was not invented in Kenya and it did not start happening when the Jubilee coalition came to power almost six years ago.
As a result, this issue must be taken in its proper perspective — that corruption has been part of the human condition from time immemorial and the only way to make it less attractive, destructive and pervasive is to fight it tooth and nail.
A few months ago, when we Kenyans were not fighting over politics, it was extremely distressing to wake up every morning to news about yet another scandal of gigantic proportions perpetrated by faceless people who would remain so until it was time for them to be dragged to court proclaiming their innocence and vowing they would rather die than resign, only for the whole issue to be dismissed by court as a result of deliberately shoddy or non-existent investigations.
Sometimes, even where the charges appeared water-tight, people in the whole chain of the justice system, from investigators to prosecutors to lawyers all the way to magistrates and judges, would be compromised with the proceeds of the same crime under investigation.
The rest of us would fume and froth in the mouth at the charade, but nothing would really change because we keep forgetting that impunity can never be defeated through grand oratory, proclamations of intent or dire warnings.
On this note, it is gratifying to note the Judiciary is fully cooperating with the multi-disciplinary team set up to fight rampant graft.
Clever tactics like the use of pre-emptive bail to stop the arrest of suspects are not as common as before, and judges are no longer freeing suspects on bail as automatically as they used to.
When a person is suspected of siphoning millions of shillings from the public coffers, he must be treated like everyone else regardless of how influential he may be.
These days there is a whiff of fresh air.
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Indeed, hope is rekindled every time a bunch of high-level suspects are arrested and interrogated for hours on end, and then charged.
Though it is not fair to sound so bloody-minded, it is clear the majority of Kenyans are delighted at what has been going on.
It could never have occurred to them that one day they would wake up to learn a sitting governor, ...
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