Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Big Shots Tumbling Down

Good things are happening in Kenya of late. In complete departure from the past, ministers are resigning and getting fired and big shots are being hauled to court all due to public pressure. This is something that Kenyans could only dream of just a few years ago when the country seemed to have it’s owners. There’s still a lot more to be done but I believe we’re off to a good start seeing that Parliament can disown one of their own who is suspected of shady deals. We cannot say with certainty that we know who did what because most documents are gathering dust somewhere marked 'classified'. But bottom line is that bold action was taken by our parliamentarians in their capacity as the public watchdog and hopefully this will make other leaders think twice before engaging in shady deals in future.

I do not think Kimunya can sell such a landmark hotel like Grand Regency alone and my hope is that other big and small figures who might have participated even in the least way will come tumbling down soon. That’s the new Kenya. The next thing we’ll be seeing these hitherto untouchables in King’ong’o or Kamiti as guests of the state, having been prosecuted in a court of law and found to be guilty of a crime. We’ll crash impunity one law suit after the other. Every little step counts.

Recent happenings on the political scene have really sharpened the Kenyan people’s antennae. Young people in the past assumed that politics is uncool and for the elderly. Not any more. Thanks to civil education and campaigns targeting them, they have since realized that what happens in political circles has a direct effect on the destiny of their beloved country. They’re now putting decision makers to task and even vying for political office. That’s another step forward.

We cannot put every misfortune that strikes us down to bad political leadership but a lot could have been avoided with strong policies and good leadership. For example thousands of lives are going to waste in villages because one the hospitals are very few and far apart, two there are no roads to get there and three even when they eventually get to hospitals they’re poorly equipped anyway. All this is compounded by grinding poverty which with good leadership could not have been as bad as it is now. That is just one instance. There are many more like poor Agricultural management, poor land policies, etc etc.

Political figures aside, we’re also witnessing the hauling to court of hitherto untouchable rich men. It’s never good manners to laugh at someone else’s misfortune but I rather liked the idea of a forlorn looking Chris Kirubi in court a few weeks back. Makes you wonder just what some of these guys want. Is Kirubi not already super rich? With different streams that will keep the cash flowing his way for God knows how long? Why then would he tarnish his reputation for what must be loose change to him? For some of these people you get the impression that they’re challenging fate. They’ve made it in life, they bored and the next option is to get mischievous. After all mtadoo? Now they’re getting to know what we will do.

I’m loving this!!

15 Comments:

seinlife said...

it is certainly a welcomed good start...

Shiko-Msa said...

Sure Seinlife. If only things could continue that way.

Maua said...

Couldn't open the elderly link, but I like the new Kenya. I have lotsa questions, and I might just turn up, ask them, if I get answers, I might decide to stay, if not, I'll just go back to hiding, and look and listen from afar.

Shiko-Msa said...

Maua things will be better trust me. Watu wako macho like a problem. Ministers are being toboad through the press so people know what they're upto. Even today there's something about Kajwang giving work permits to people for jobs that Kenyans are perfectly capable of. He has to answer that. That's another little step.

Believe me one day you'll proudly come home.

Maua which link are you saying?

Our Kid said...

I think Ministers in Kenya think their title is 'Sinister'! Memo to Wabunge. The word starts with an M not an S.

Kajwang's clownish behaviour is one more suited to Bulls Eye or News Shot but surely, there is a difference of exercising discretion and indiscretion.

Mcheku said...

I am very happy with the positive developments taking place in Kenya....I think this is what they call the dawn of a new era.

The question is, will Kimunya stay out? Permanently? We dont want the Kiraitu affair back again. Speaking of Kiraitu, where is he? I haven't heard about him or from him and what pray tell does he have to say on this Grand Regency matter?

Na Kajwang what is his problem? Kwani he cant see we have moved on from worshiping expatriates? Kenyans dont have jobs and the little we have he wants to give to outsiders? Let his affairs be brought to light.

BP ONE said...

Shiko, I just hope it is the beginning of many good things to come.What I liked most about the public pressure that removed kimunya is that it came from a unified Kenyans, no tribal lines and no political affiliation. I always believe, that is where the solution to our problem lies…united.
In order to counter the problem facing the country, we have to be united, put aside our differences, we must bury our ethnic hatred. I am sure pressure from ODM or PNU alone couldn’t have removed kimunya from office so easily. In 1980’s no single party or Tribe was able to force Moi to accept multiparty election. It was the public pressure from unified Kenyans that brought about the small reforms we enjoy now.

Shiko-Msa said...

True BP, Mcheku and Our Kid. And look at the crop of Parliamentarians we have now. I'm loving many of them. They're proving that they can make the room very hot for ministers. After the vote of no confidence we witnessed recently, I doubt anyone will want to bring back those days when ministers lorded it over everyone.

Now being a minister will be about being accountable to the people.

Mwakwere naye - there's a question in the standard whether we have a Transport Minister at all. Having filled the big shoes of Michuki, the guy appears dead asleep on the job. All the good things introduced by Michuki are no more. Now someone should take that too on the floor of the house! May we go on this way.

This is good!

savvy said...

he actually stepped down! hip hip hooray!

at least something is happening..after telling us how he wont resign and finally the pressure was too much..

joyunspeakable said...

Kenya is no more the country it was. Responsiblity is coming with accountability alongside it. Shiku, I love your blog

Shiko-Msa said...

Joy thanks a lot. Hope Kenya continues like this.

tnk said...

kibaki will swing this guy back in thru the back door. thats his style

Shiko-Msa said...

hahahahah tnk you think so? Let's wait and see. Though he wont have it as easy as he always had in the past. Something about Kenyans changed after the 2007 election fiasco.

and let's see how he'll deal with Uhuru and the councillor nomination scandal too.

tnk said...

shiko

dyu remember mwiraria and kiraitu stepping aside then getting reinstated?

kimunya will get a ministerial job even if its that one ya Ministry of Sanitation, he'll be back

Shiko-Msa said...

The arrogance of that Kimunya guy will he accept to be minister for usafi na matakataka?