Victims of human carelessness, murders, land atrocities, sexual violence, land injustices, victims of theft, robbery with violence, and victims of corruption; the country is filled with Kenyans who have lost hope in the justice system. Denied rights and freedoms, denied livelihoods, everything denied because the justice system has failed Kenyans by and large. Kenyans have always been victims of judicial injustice and incompetence, yet, despite the numerous outcries over the matter, nothing has improved. The same old faces are still pacing up and down the judicial quarters, highly sanitized by the Chief Justice David Maraga.
Just recently, after an almost endless war with the Executive on the appointment of judges, the Judiciary forcefully decided to bulldoze judges to being promoted by ruling that the President must appoint all 41 vetted judges, despite being flagged by the National Intelligence Service (NIS) over integrity issues. The judges and magistrates are duly protected by their ‘godfather’ Chief Justice David Maraga, who once upon a time promised Kenyans that he would arrest corrupt judges; but this has never materialised. Even under his immediate docket, Chief Justice David Maraga has chosen to turn a blind eye to corruption charges against Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu, who is among those responsible for the collapse of the Imperial Bank of Kenya where she received a Sh12 million loan from the bank under receivership, before its eventual collapse. The law was arm-twisted in her favour like many others and ensured her charges were smoothed over basing it on the ‘process’ of evidence collection, despite every finger pointing towards Mwilu’s direction.
A well-flawed system that takes no responsibility in its mandate, thrives on ensuring Kenyans never see or experience justice. Our judges are acquitting terrorists, murderers and all sorts of criminals one can think of. It is on record that Judge Dorah Chepkwony released one Idd Wendo Zuberi, a terrorist that was serving an eight-year jail term for the possession of grenades. It is alleged that this judge was bribed by a senior politician to release the suspect. The same judge also released four more people who were all charged for being accomplices on the attack of the Central Police Station in Mombasa. Judge Roselyn Ongayo freed four suspects over a blast which occurred four years ago at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
On the same note, Judge Msagha Mbogoli lifted orders of a corrupt Chief Finance Officer, Jimmy Kiamba, whose charges were defrauding the Nairobi County government of millions and abuse of office. Judge Lydia Achode, who is even one of the shortlisted judges flagged by the NIS, lifted orders to freeze bank accounts of a suspected thief from the NYS scandal. The funds were evidence of corruption but the judge was intent in scuttling the war on graft. These are just but a few mentions of the conniving judicial officers mandated to deliver justice to Kenyans.
Kenyans have cried and suffered in the hands of criminals, of whom the justice system has offered protection through endless acquittals and lenient bail terms which show that judges and magistrates neither have regard for the law nor the oath they took upon taking office. Remember, Obado was set free and has managed to silence most of the witnesses; the masterminds of the Garissa University terror attack were released on bail. The victims are dissolutioned as they have lost hope in the justice system. Cases are rarely concluded unless brown envelopes are passed to the judicial officers, who usually rule in the favour of such criminals. Apostle Ng’ang’a who hit and killed someone’s mother and wife is walking scott free with his case having gone under. It’s a pathetic system for the many Kenyans who have lost land and property and many have even died waiting for their cases to be concluded as Kenya’s justice system is skewed towards the rich.
Astute leader, a patriot, a Pan-Africanist, a humble man with a tremendous capacity to reconcile, a father and a mentor in equal measure; the late former President Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi touched the hearts of many, in good and in bad. He groomed leaders having been a father to many politicians who have recognized and honoured the man who ruled Kenya for 24 years. With six Heads of State in attendance for the National Memorial Service and many others sending their tribute, Moi was in touch with people and played a major role in ensuring Kenya remains in peace, thereby becoming a refuge to many, including refugees from our neighbouring countries who eventually settled as Kenyans.
Controversial as it is, the man deserved a befitting send off, having been Kenya’s second president for 24 years. He was a leader who mentored many and ensured the country runs and remains in peace despite the conflict that was being experienced by our East African neighbours and beyond. Being a Pan-Africanist, his leadership skills crossed borders. The late Daniel Moi was an enabler of peace and participated in over twenty United Nations’ sanctioned missions across the continent of Europe and Africa. Some of the countries that benefited from his leadership included Namibia, Zimbabwe, Somalia, Mozambique, Liberia, Angola and South Sudan. Presidents from different nations have recognized his contributions as a leader who endeavoured to be a champion of peace among the African people. Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde, South Sudan President Salvaar Kiir, Uganda President Yoweri Museveni, Djibouti President Omar Guelleh, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and President Brahim Ghali of Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic are among the leaders who publicly recognized Moi’s contribution over the nine decades of life. Kenya was a home to many because of his astute leadership and as the Bible says, leaders are ordained from the Lord and we have a moral obligation to respect the ‘office of the presidency’.
Kenya would have been a warring nation like many countries in Africa but he believed and stood by the philosophy of peace, love and unity. The late former President had an eccentric style of leadership that was loved and hated in equal measure. Despite being humble, God-fearing and an astute leader, Moi to some, ruled with an iron fist. He was cunning in his ways and often silenced or maimed those he ‘thought’ were against his philosophical beliefs. But in his ruling, the President believed in people and moulded many political and non-political leaders. Growing up as an orphan, Moi never experienced the love of his parents but ended up offering to others as he understood and was sympathetic towards their needs and aspirations.
A lot has been said about our departed President but one thing which stands out is Moi’s endearing heart to empower children and the youth through education. Being a teacher by profession, education was one of the sectors that received unwavering attention as he had passion for the youth. Girls’ education was critical as he promoted their education even in marginalized communities at an era where young girls were being married off at a young age and many cultural communities were still deeply practicing Female Genital Mutilation. His attention to education ensured the opening of more schools at all levels and promotion of higher education.
It must be acknowledged that no man is perfect and that the Moi era was riddled with immense corruption which saw billions lost that would have otherwise made a different Kenya from what we have now. The late President did a lot of injustices to many, brutalizing Kenyans and causing poverty in sidelined regions of the country because leaders were of differing ‘political ideologies’. Leaders were victims, the media was a victim and many other Kenyans. However, the fact of the matter is that, like many others who have gone ahead of him, he is also gone, but having at least asked for forgiveness from Kenyans. Nothing can change the atrocities which happened but for the sake of the country’s healing and closure, Kenyans should forgive and embark on what can be rectified to improve the situation.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has moved to end factional fighting in his Jubilee party by ordering top officials to convene a meeting of MPs and Senators on Friday this week.
Sources reported that Uhuru directed Deputy President William Ruto, who is the deputy Party Leader, and Secretary General Raphael Tuju to use the occasion to end the factional wars.
Speaking yesterday at ACK St Thomas Church in Kerugoya, Kirinyaga county, Ruto kept off the subject but asked leaders to rally behind Uhuru.
“We must continue to support the President as he works on the transformation of the country and the unity of the nation,” Ruto said.
The DP was accompanied by MPs Ndindi Nyoro (Kiharu), Rigathi Gachagua (Mathira), Faith Gitau (Nyandarua County) and Wangui Ngirichi (Kirinyaga).
Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu told the Star that the success of Friday’s meeting would depend on what happens between now and then.
“If some people go around chest-thumping, saying that they are the ones who are engineering peace, then there will be no truce,” Wambugu said.
He, however, expressed optimism that the meeting will unite the party.
“I am hoping the meeting will enable the party to have a common stand on certain national issues. I also hope the issue of respecting the President will be discussed and a position taken on what happens to those who do not abide,” he said.
The MP said he expects the first agenda to decide on the Chair. “We will need to have a Chair who will not lean on one side, someone accepted by the majority.”
The ongoing BBI forums, including the proposals to create regional governments, expand the Executive and implementation of the Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission report are among issues that might be discussed.
MPs contacted for comment declined to talk about the meeting but indicated that they were eagerly waiting for the forum.
“Let me not comment on the meeting because I am not sure what the agenda will be and also because it has been a long time since we last met as a party,” said a lawmaker who did not want to be named.
Tuju, in a statement to newsrooms, said the forum will be a “Jubilee members Parliamentary meeting” and not a Parliamentary Group meeting. Tuju said he called the meeting after holding discussions with the President.
“The consultative meeting will not be a Parliamentary Group meeting because it will not be chaired by the party leader,” Tuju said.
He did not say who will lead the meeting although Ruto is expected to take charge.
Jubilee MPs have continuously expressed concerns about Uhuru’s failure to convene the party’s parliamentary group meeting since his re-election in 2017.
Ruto has even attempted to coax Uhuru into summoning a PG but the party leader has ignored the calls.
Members are required to attend the meeting on Friday at the Kenya School of Government, starting at 8.30 am.
“It had been anticipated that this meeting would take place today February 7, in time before Parliament resumes next week. The postponement has been necessitated by the need to put aside all our activities as a sign of respect following the passing on of His Excellency the former President, Daniel T. Arap Moi,” Tuju noted.
He said the meeting will be an occasion to have a discourse with members and to give an update on various issues of interest and concern in the party.
Jubilee has faced turbulent times, with its leaders allied to Uhuru and those close to Ruto pulling in different directions.
The party is split into Tanga tanga and Kieleweke factions composed of legislators allied to Ruto and Uhuru respectively.
A pat on the back, a show of confidence that indeed Kenya is on the right path. With the workings of the handshake, the country is forging ahead in its quest towards economic empowerment, peace and political stability.
The show of commitment demonstrated by President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga in ensuring the country’s peace and stability, has placed Kenya on a greater pedestal than ever before. All, in the interest of Kenyans and building a worthwhile legacy which will ensure the country has stable leadership that factors in diversity and inclusivity of the Kenyan people. The country was given a new lease of life through the handshake initiated by President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila, and has been further enhanced through the Building Bridges Initiative meant to position the nation strategically for economic and social prosperity through a stable and a guaranteed leadership that should resolve many of the issues Kenyans face both before, during and after any elections.
It is already notable that changes have been experienced and are under implementation through this initiative. Key to this has been the fierce fight on graft which has so far nabbed State officers and Government officials and even private individuals and businesses involved in corrupt practices. This has literally ensured recovery of assets in billions through the Assets and Recovery Agency, ARA and the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, EACC, despite the fact that the Judiciary has not concluded most, if not all, of the graft cases. A new lease of life for Kenya means that a thorough overhaul needs to be conducted so that the Government can ensure maximum effectiveness and efficiency in its operations.
With inclusivity close to the heart, Kenyans are meant to tremendously benefit from the Building Bridges Initiative as it is key in ensuring transparency in government operations through the reintroduction of performance contracts which will enhance efficiency of services provided to Kenyans in government institutions. In terms of healthcare, a patient’s bill of rights is meant to protect patients and equipping of hospitals to radically improve the sector ensuring Kenyans have uninterrupted access to quality healthcare. The government is also intentional in ensuring crisis in families is addressed through an introduction of a parenting curriculum putting in mind the sharp rise of violence and suicides taking place within Kenyan households. The initiative is also focused on improving the education in the country with what Kenyans are seeing in the 100 per cent transition of students going to Form one. The aim is to tackle the issue of illiteracy in the country, which will assist in resolving most of the social issues the country is grappling with.
It is an Initiative designed by Kenyans and for Kenyans and shall be felt by every Kenyan. Other key issues included in the initiative are grounded on strengthening the justice system, digitization of public service, a broadened tax base and reduced rate, an increase of county resources to further enhance devolution at a 35 per cent minimum, suitable sidewalks on road networks, and gender balance when it comes to County leadership. A notable achievement already enacted includes the banning of State officers from doing business with Government and outside Government subject to process.
Not only has the handshake impacted the country’s internal affairs but also framed Kenya as a major country for foreign investors as President Uhuru Kenyatta has been intentional in boosting the country’s economic outlook. So far, the country is on the verge of coming into a new free trade deal with the United States and is the only country in sub-Saharan Africa so far. An invitation to both the President and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga is a vote of confidence that the country has a new face globally. Leaders have pledged to work with Kenya in different capacities, with even a recent signing of trade pacts with the United Kingdom during the UK-Africa Summit 2020 held in January and valued at Sh227 billion.
Further trade opportunities are being opened up through ease of transportation and accessing of new transportation routes. President Uhuru Kenyatta has also received pledges from Russia geared towards improving its trade with Kenya during the ‘Sochi 2019’ Russia-Africa summit. Kenya has gained tremendously also in ensuring the progress of Affordable housing under the Big Four Agenda. Investments which are under the implementation stage have received a financial boost from the United Kingdom and the United States. On delivery, the first 228 units were handed to the government, which is a show that Kenyans are bound to benefit from the numerous State projects. The rest will be delivered at the end of 2020 as per the agreement with the contractor.
It is about working and building the nation in every sector of the economy and country. These are the workings of leaders who refused to plunge Kenyans into turmoil and make lasting peace.
“Brothers and sisters, I humbly ask you to pledge to reject the politics of division, hate and violence, and instead take the higher, more sacred road, of working to build your community and our beloved country Kenya”.
President Uhuru Kenyatta.
It was a day of reckoning for the corrupt former Governor Ferdinand Waititu, but he thought otherwise having made frantic calls to who knows who. This was a reflection of what should happen to incompetent leaders who are out to engage in corrupt activities denying citizens of much deserved County and National services as taxes and County funds were consistently being stolen as a result of the wanton greed. And rightfully, the Members of County Assembly in Kiambu firmly set their foot on ground paving way for the final Senate proceedings where Waititu echoed the last of his governorship in the Senate Assembly.
Waititu had serious charges leveled against him which were listed as, having violated the Constitution, violating national laws and gross misconduct as a Governor. But he never realized the seriousness of the matter that had denied County residents efficient services and development projects within his County government. This man, known for his cunning political antics by fellow politicians had learnt the art of manipulation and playing ‘dirty games’ as far as politics was concerned.
A fattened cow knows no limit; Waititu had fattened himself and his family with County millions approximated to be over Sh500 million. Despite this, and even his admission of grabbing Sh100 million worth of land from a widow, Waititu still had supporters who were in agreement with his corrupt ways because they knew he was contributing to the Tanga tanga Agenda of economic sabotage and gathering funds in preparation for the 2022 presidential election.
The said Senators devised a way to malign the process in order to vindicate the corrupt Governor. Using an eleven member select committee, the Senators were apparently meant to investigate the charges against the former County boss. Senators Kipchumba Murkomen, Aaron Cheruiyot, Susan Kihika, Millicent Omanga, Samson Cherargei, Mithika Linturi, Godana Hargura, Moses Wetangula, John Kinyua Nderitu, Christopher Langat and Anwar Loitiptip were the leaders hell bent on ensuring Waititu’s impeachment does not sail through. Despite the numerous evidences on corruption charges laid against him, these leaders chose to turn a deaf ear and were only after their own selfish interests.
Why protect a man who has stolen close to a billion shillings including land and property? However, their strategy flopped which meant the beginning of the end of Waititu’s political career. A closer look at these said Senators reveals a vast chain of greedy leaders who have exploited Wanjiku in their capacity. Nominated Senator Millicent Omanga as known to many, has stolen close to Sh4.4 billion from Kenya Prisons and of course, she was at the forefront in using taxpayers’ money for a trip to the Rio World Cup in Brazil. Having been a hawker at one point in her life, she has forgotten the poor Wanjiku who continually pay taxes for her to enjoy.
A known mastermind of the Arror-Kimwarer dams scandal Nandi Senator Murkomen is always bickering about 2022. He, together with nominated Senator Mary Yiane Senata, own large tracts of land in the Mau forest and is a reason why he was out pretending to be fighting for those living in Mau as he knew his grabbed assets were at stake. Incidentally, investigations have also revealed that his law firm Sing’oei Murkomen and Sigei Advocates is linked to the NYS scandal. Kericho Senator Samson Cherargei, just like Murkomen, has also defended corrupt State officers and has been rooting for Governors to be granted immunity for protection while in office, thus ensuring they are not brought to book on corruption allegations.
Money, fame, sexual exploitation and power, is their driving force with Senators Anwar Loitiptip and Senator Mithika Linturi using their sexual exploits to both elevate themselves as well as exploit young girls. For instance, Senator Loitiptip who defended Sonko over corruption allegations, is a known sugar daddy to Governor Sonko’s daughter, Saumu Mbuvi. Linturi’s divorce case on the other hand has revealed the messy life he has been living as a leader who even went to the extremities of being sued for abusing and abandoning a woman and their three-year old son. The Senator even rose to his ranks having presented fake papers when enrolling at the University of Nairobi.
The rot among such leaders is immense and is not only a display of rot among our leaders, but also an indicator that the fight on graft will need a total overhaul of leaders, especially those who are hell bent on protecting other corrupt leaders. The war on graft is intensifying and we must clear the rot to the last spot.
Sacked Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri has officially joined Deputy President Dr William Ruto’s Tangatanga faction after his dismissal from the Cabinet.
Kiunjuri lashed out at the Government for cracking down on Tangatanga leaders for opposing the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), urging for a free society.
“How can you tell us to build bridges when you want to demolish others,” posed Kiunjuri, “You are demolishing one bridge to build another one.”
Former CS Kiunjuri with Governor Mandago, a close ally of DP Ruto Photo/Courtesy
Kiunjuri made clear his support for DP Ruto, stating that he would support the Deputy President all through even if he ends up in the Opposition.
President Uhuru Kenyatta fired Kiunjuri from the Cabinet and replaced him with CS Peter Munya.
Before his sacking, Kiunjuri had openly expressed his opposition to the BBI report fronted by President Kenyatta and ODM party leader Raila Odinga.
Kiunjuri had been on a collision path with President Kenyatta on several occasions where the President was captured on live TV scolding him in public for poor performance in his ministry.
However, the DP kept off the debate about changing the structure of government. He said the BBI was aimed at bringing Kenyans together as a country and strengthening cohesion.
“We want the BBI to bring the people of this great country together but not to divide them,” he said. “We want people to give their views on what they want. These people include mama mboga, hustlers, casual labourers (and) our leaders. I mean, it is not for leaders alone, but everybody who is a Kenyan.”
Ruto was accompanied by MPs Kimani Ichung’wa (Kikuyu), Kimani Ngunjiri (Bahati), Moses Kuria (Gatundu South), Rugathi Gachagua (Mathira) and Jonah Mburu (Lari). Governors Francis Kimemia (Nyandarua) and Jackson Mandago (Uasin Gishu) were present.
MPs allied to Ruto had alleged an elaborate plan to lock them out of the Afraha Stadium for their BBI rally on February 8.
But Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui dismissed their claims saying that he was yet to receive any request for use of the venue.
He said the County government was ready to honor the request once it is made through the right channel.
“We shall facilitate necessary arrangements for the success of the meeting once we receive the request. A meeting of that magnitude requires adequate preparations, including security and other logistics,” Kunyanjui said.
He added: “We, therefore, expect the request will be made in good time to allow adequate preparations and any other logistical issue that may be required on our part.”
The Governor, however, warned that the Tangatanga team has a duty to preach harmony starting with their first rally.
“Insults, name calling and character assassination will undermine the progress made so far in uniting the country,” he said.