In the matter of JSC versus Gladys Shollei , who is fooling who and just how much above board is our legal system ?
Without the benefit of being consulted or even being informed of anything , Shollei was compelled to take some compulsory leave on allegations of misuse of office by the JSC . When the matter was taken up by the parliamentary legal committee , Shollei willingly availed herself , bared her heart and admitted to being harassed by a lawyer , a magistrate and a judge . The accusations she levelled against the trio were serious enough to warrant the setting up of a commission of enquiry to investigate . Parliament took the initiative and summoned the JSC to clear the air but on realising that madam Shollei had partially opened the closet door and some skeletons could be seen , JSC chickened out and refused to appear before the select committee for reasons best known to them . But the damage is already done . Shollei stood her ground and went to court safe in the knowledge that her conscience was clear .
The chaps that came up with the trumped up charges against her never reckoned on that and are now feeling greatly discomfited . They are desperate enough that they want the matter settled out of court . Why ? When the matter came out in the open , it became a kenyan affair , we are the sole owners of the judiciary and must know the truth . JSC and Shollei are mere trustees and cannot settle the matter out of court , the case must go on for us to find out the truth – which is that our legal system is full of rot and we cannot expect any justice from there . Apparently , justice is for the highest bidders .
On august 22 every year since 1978 , kenyans have been marking the day with ceremonies at the founding presidents gravesite , opposite parliament buildings .
On that fateful day in august of 1978 , the founding president exited the stage peacefully . Given what he went through prior to becoming president , the challenges of steering the nation onto the right path without precedent , holding the fabric of the country together for the duration of his reign , i do not begrudge the late president his honour in death now and in years to come , but do kenyans have to celebrate it every year ? It should be noted that the late presidents efforts were not solo efforts and would not have come to fruition without the input of others like Bildad Kaggia , Kungu Karumba , Achieng Oneko , Paul Ngei , Jaramogi Oginga and Fred Kubai among others . But how often do we ‘celebrate’ or even deign to remember these gallant heroes as a nation for their selfless efforts in trying to make kenya a better place ? The history of Kenya is incomplete without a mention of Dedan Kimathi yet not a single day has been set aside to remember him and his tribulations in the struggle to free kenya from the grips of colonialists . Untill a couple of years back , his widow , Mukami , was an unknown who lived in squalor . She is still not even decently housed and featuring her at the Madaraka day’s celebrations is too little too late , even insulting . Do we even know where Kimathi was buried , if at all ?
We should take a cue from president Uhuru Kenyatta who chose not to be present at the celebrations honouring his fathers death , thirty five years on . The business of nation building took precedence over festivities that are perfunctory and inconsequential . That ought to be a private family affair , away from the glare of media cameras , that does not dig into state resources . The government should not expend too much energy in organizing such events at the tax payers expense .
Considering the way the police conduct themselves in their line of duty , is it any wonder that they evoke very little confidence , if any , in the public ? I watched a television news clip on KTN in disbelief as plain clothes policemen raided mr Kamlesh Pattni’s premises , scaling the wall to gain entry into the building like any common criminal would do . They harassed , intimidated and even beat up staff that demanded to know who they were . It is only jesus whom the bible says will come incognito like a thief in the night . Police officers must either put on uniforms or carry identification badges whenever they carry out raids to avoid unnecessary friction and instances where they may be mistaken for thugs . Courts are there to issue search warrants where it is suspected there could be resistance . It is during such uncivilised raids that some unscrupulous policemen plant incriminating evidence to sustain a case or maliciously destroy or take away valuables in frustration .
Part of the reason given for raiding Pattnis home and offices was that he is suspected to have had a hand in the JKIA fire and runs car theft syndicates . This is pitiable at best . Any trained policeman must be conversant with ‘cold trails’ that seldom yield anything to sustain a charge . If Pattni is half as smart as we are made to believe , and he participated in planning the fire incident at JKIA , there will be no evidence to pin him down with . While not holding brief for pattni , its simply ridiculous that he could be a common car thief . For a man credited with creaming off billions of shillings from the government in the goldenburg scandal , stealing a car is debasing .
The constitution gives a guarantee for privacy . Tresspass is actionable and i keep wondering whether the police are exempt from this and are legally allowed to operate like savages outside the ambit of the law . In developed countries , the civility with which law enforcers treat even the most dangerous of criminals is quite admirable .
Our policemen are in dire need of retraining especially now that citizens know their fundamental rights and should move away from the colonial police mentality of intimidating people into subservience and for fun . Untill , and unless the police embrace some humanity , use common sense and exercise discretion , crime will continue to escalate .
Are African countries so engrossed in their own internal problems that they cannot condemn what is happening in Egypt and device ways of coming to its rescue ? How come they spoke very strongly against the ICC in the kenyan ( read Uhuruto) case but are mum on the murderous Egyptian army ?
With the exception of Turkey , Qatar , Denmark , America , France and Germany who have come out very strongly to condemn the atrocities committed by the military against citizens in Cairo and are contemplating action and options , the African union is dumb all of a sudden . Individual African countries also appear disinterested .
Following the ouster of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak , now in prison , that country has known no peace . Political leadership is not for soldiers and has never been a walk in the park . The generals should have realised it is not possible to satisfy the expectations of all people individually and grumbling is part of the game . Thus , on the one hand , mubarak had his failures yet , his achievements far out weighed his shortcomings . Notably , he managed to cool down tensions between some Arab countries , including Egypt , and Israel . Mubaraks ouster massaged the egos of a few sadists who , in a very short period of time , find themselves in the same predicament . Mubarak was a benevolent dictator who, having ceded power , deserved a quiet life . It is good to hear Mubarak may be released and its about time we in Africa embraced the concept of truth and reconciliation . The military should stay in the barracks and give democracy a chance , massacres are not the panacea to our perennial leadership problems .
The grand old men of African politics are a safer bet than the military and digital generation of leadership . Need we look beyond west Africa to appreciate the wisdom and focus of age ?
A healthy , educated and satisfied Nation is one on the move in the right direction developmentally . All the developed Nations have invested heavily in comprehensive medicare for its citizens , ensured food security and availed qualitative and affordable education .
For most of his time in office , president Barrack Obama of America has made medicare his pet project and is personally trying to push through legislation that will help the common man . One cant help but note that very little is being done by the government to not only improve our medical care at public hospitals but also make it affordable . In years past , government hospitals used to give the best treatment and medication anywhere . With the advent of cost sharing , things started going awry . Free medical treatment at our hospitals is a facade as most have discovered . Often , the clinical officers will examine you and prescribe drugs which are never at the hospital pharmacy . The most you can get is either paracetamol or piriton yet we have KEMSA that is charged with providing medical stores and equipment . Either this body is moribund or the drugs get diverted somewhere as a direct consequence of corruption . To a few , they end up buying generic drugs at private pharmacies or dig deeper into their pockets to afford better drugs . The majority who are poor have to make do with belief in God for recovery .
The state of machinery in hospitals is deplorable . Most of these machines are obsolete and out of order making it impossible for radiographers and cardiologists to give their best . When a patient is refered to private clinics from a public hospital for Xray , ultra sound and echo tests , they are being consigned to slow deaths because most cannot afford the exhorbitant charges .
The government needs to do more to improve service provision in hospitals by first providing essentials and motivating staff who sacrifice alot to keep us healthy . The best motivator is good remuneration . Subsidized medication at government hospitals will give hope to many who cant buy the prescribed medication at private pharmacies . Some of these private pharmacies have been found selling expired medication and chalk for paracetamol .
It is only when the president remains an enigma that people take notice and come to admire him . This is true of our two retired presidents , Moi and Kibaki whom nobody could second guess . I can not say the same of president Kenyatta who , in his zeal to make the presidency look less sinister, has succeeded in making it common place and cause for jokes . A hands on president does not of necessity mean the president should be all over the place officiating at functions that ordinarily county reps should preside over. There must be a respectable distance between the president and his countrymen . The president should not allow himself to comment on every single statement that his political opponents make , especially at public rallies where he appears too emotional .
Apparently , the opposition has been needling him on since he took office and mention of a referendum by former prime minister rubbed him the wrong way , forcing him to came out guns blazing . Referendums are nothing new in democracies and our constitution explicitly provides for them , which makes the presidents reaction uninformed . The role of the opposition is to keep the government in check by simply taking advantage of weaknesses and chinks in the administrations armour . There is no shortage of these in the Jubilee administration . The standoff between governors and the central government over devolution and the control and allocation of funds , war for supremacy between the senate and national parliament , rampant insecuirty , the creation of unconstitutional offices and a dysfunctional cabinet are some of the reasons the opposition is holding onto to call for a referendum . The government appears stuck in quagmire , the citizens are disillusioned and nothing seems to work positively , which are grounds for discontent .
Countries like Italy , India and Israel , which are true and functional democracies hold referendums almost every year with some having as many as three prime ministers in a given year . Can kenya hold a candle to any of these countries in terms of political maturity and acceptance of the tenets of democracy ?
The opposition cannot afford to be dormant and because we put alot of emphasis on the creation of tribal enclaves and zones in kenya , playing the tribal card , parties will automatically become protective of their areas . If CORD wants to protect and consolidate its strongholds where JUBILEE wants to infiltrate , why blame it ? One obvious mistake those in government make is to look at an individual as the opposition and spent so much time on him , giving him alot of political mileage unnecessarily . This obsession with Raila is not healthy and elected leaders must do what we elected them to do , which is not to call press conferences and whine about CORD and Raila . Being the master strategist that he is , Raila will wrap hapless sycophants around his little finger and love it . Noise from political minows has never bothered him before.
Nionavyo mimi , kuna mengi yanayofanyika humu nchini yasiyo ya kuridhisha . Sioni haja ya kuyaangazia kwa kuwa mwayajua . Mbali na hayo , matamshi ya bwana Muthama siyo ya kuridhisha kwani yaweza yakaleta fujo isiyo hitajika . Uhalali au haramu za kura zilizopita sio ndwele , tugange yajayo . Matatizo ya fedha yamewasonga wakenya , tusiongezee fujo jameni . Japo dhuluma ilitendeka , inatubidi tuwajibike katika matamushi yetu ili tusije tukatonesha kidonda zaidi . Ya mungu ni mengi . Kesho ajuaye nani ?