By Comrade Albert Nyakundi Bin Amenya
Not a few people Kenyans would agree with me that our country is indeed in trouble. The dire nature of our economic situation has today downed on us, especially with the daredevilry of looters in the presence of the President.
The heisting of Ksh29b from KQ has finally exposed our nation’s economic insecurity and showed that despite our population we have remained largely clay-footed economically, not just in the world, but also in the area we once prided ourselves as the giant of East Africa; what that means now.
To me, it does appear as if the economic terrorists have gained such an inroad in our polity that palpable fear has today eaten deep into the society with the government; the hardest hit.
As a country, we have been exposed as lame and vulnerable to thievery. That is the new far misrule and massive official grafts have brought us. Added to these cankerworms is a clear-cut misplacement of priorities, an example is not far-fetched.
Despite the fact that the chips of election have gradually settled down and with 2017 seeming to come with a rush, woe betide the nonperforming politicians that we wittingly or unwittingly put spanners in the works of their ambitions. Clearly, the massive looting of public wherewithal is an indicator that we did not read between the lines and now we are unproudly caught in the mix.
Just a stone’s throw from Parliament buildings is where buildings that headquarter ministries sit as cabinet secretaries oversee the greasy stuff that keeps oozing from the lucrative ministries and parastatals , the latest being the missing Ksh29b from KQ. It has been weeks now and all we get from the president is nothing but a deafening silence. But why should he care and his plum job of presidency is intact?
It is only here in Kenya where people graft to graft. The cliché that investigations are ongoing is an obvious way government drags foot on topical issues. We all are accustomed to that tradition.
And as if to rub salt on our injury, when the culprits pretentiously step aside ostensibly to pave way for investigations, all of them are cleared and none sent to the incarcerator. In other words, the president implies characteristically that we should accept, take a walk and move on.
It is the same way the President handled Devolution CS Anne Waiguru’s NYS scam. After all is said than done, Waiguru still comfortably poses as the strongest Cabinet Secretary as if nothing happened.
Now, our national integrity is being compromised by the Alshabaab which has caught us napping as we were never prepared for such like happenstance. Agreed that perhaps the past governments may not have invested much in our defence architecture, but what reason can the Uhuru administration adduce for the continued rough-shod ride on our lives by the Al Shabaab terrorists? Will it ever say that lack of funds staled its tackling of the Alshabaab?
KQ has lost Ksh29.7billion. Ksh299billion has been pilfered from NYS. I although I am not good in computing except for my bananas, I can confirm that there is so much Ksh60billion can do to our nation’s defence system. If the same money is deployed to protect lives of the citizenry, it is almost automatic that the nation and her citizenry would be better off for it. In terms of gadgets, training, military hardware, intelligence, etc., what Ksh20billion can do is better imagined. Some countries don’t have as much as that as their national income in a year!
Today we are faced with a situation of national self-pity and, trust Kenyans, many advocate that we turn to prayer. As a country, we have lost all forms of glory and tending towards failure. The regular attacks by Al Shabaab clearly shows how decadent our security agencies have become and how their apparatuses are far from effective.
While the nation may survive somehow through such challenges, what will definitely send us packing as a nation is the continued obvious nonchalance of our leaders in attending to matters of state. Clearly, because 2017 is of utmost interest to Mr President, poor students will be invited to State House as part of PR. When the courage, show of strength, authority and speed used in his PR is compared with that used in handling our security issues and the missing Ksh60billion, a sharp contrast quickly emerges – one that shows our leadership as lacking the political will to do the right thing and liberate the nation from the claws of poverty and insecurity.
In the case of our stolen Ksh60billion, the truth is that it is all the outcome of corruption and maladministration which has created loopholes in our society which are being exploited by miscreants, zealots, terrorists and political extremists.
The president is free to continue dancing at his political rallies and abuse the opposition while the nation burns, but somebody should tell him that the least he owes us as Kenyans is to tackle matters of security and corruption with the same zeal applies in his PR. Since PR has direct bearing on 2017, it is crystal clear that the 2017 election is more important to Mr Kenyatta than the overall health of the nation. Truly, we are in deeper trouble than the one posed by Al Shabaab.