With revelations coming out of a British court that IEBC and Kenya National Examination Council took bribes to grant tenders to print ballot and examination papers at inflated prices, are there 100 uncorrupt Kenyans left to persuade God like Abraham to spare Kenya destruction for corruption and moral perversion? Where is Abraham of Kenya that will plead with God not to destroy her over corruption and perversion because there are still some people left who are not corrupt?
Even without the British court case confirming the guilt of IEBC, there is little doubt that 2013 elections were rigged by officials who could not have scruples not to rig elections for money, ethnic bias or intimidation if they had no scruples not to sell tenders for chicken, pocket money and hotel accommodation.
Much as we would like not to believe that people in charge of national examinations can take bribes for tenders to print examination papers, for fear of catastrophic consequences of ruining our educational standards and future of the country, we would be naïve and suicidal to think those who have asked for chicken for tenders will not sell examinations to rich and famous schools for chicken, pocket money and laptops for their children.
Jubilee government may deny corruption as much as they want, but it is now obvious that, like negative ethnicity, corruption is everywhere in Kenya. It is in churches, in hospitals, in businesses, in government, in the media, in courts, in homes, in schools, on roads, in prisons, in police stations, in the army – in everything.
From the word go, we need to state our corruption is of a different type from that you find elsewhere. It is shameless, brazen, arrogant, unembarrassed and unwilling to step aside for investigations because it is in power and in charge.
However, due to the sensitive nature of the institutions that are now infected by corruption, those mentioned in the latest corruption saga, should resign even without being asked to do so. And though Isaack Hassan argues that to do so would suggest guilt, the fact that one is insensitive to being mentioned in a corruption scandal and lacks the moral compunction to step aside while his alleged corruption is being investigated proves in a large measure that one has the capacity to be corrupt and is probably corrupt.
Officials implicated in corruption will not resign. They could only do so if national leadership led by President Uhuru and Deputy President Ruto nudged them to do so. But how can they when they occupy highest offices in the land despite implication in crimes against humanity? Armed with this knowledge, the implicated know leaders who put aside Chapter six of the constitution in order to remain corrupt and lead, have no moral authority to either secretly or publicly demand resignation of either IEBC or KNEC officials as was clearly demonstrated during the Mututho debate in Parliament when MPs argued they could not censure Mututho for a case of corruption when they were themselves not innocent. Those whose names are smeared with sleaze can only protect others who are corrupt and never cast the first stone. Beneficiaries of corruption in power can only protect others who are accused of the same crime.
Surprisingly, though not clean, Cord is levelling in revelations that implicate Jubilee administration in this scandal. Yet they are themselves not clean and fit to cast the first stone.
When some time back Miguna Miguna wrote an article in the Star challenging the integrity of Isaack Hassan, Raila reprimanded him as irresponsible and injudicious against someone that was potentially useful. And when subsequent happenings absolved Miguna Miguna, Raila did not admit his errors of judgment or apologise to Miguna Miguna. It is corruption to deal with corruption selectively, treating some as foe and others as ally.
Corruption should be condemned every time it is discovered because it is politically, socially, morally and economically harmful and not selectively denied or condemned.
Kenyans should celebrate revelations of Kenyan corruption in the British court, not just because its prosecution might punish a corrupt British company that has been stealing from Kenyans and polluting business atmosphere in Britain and Kenya, but also reveal certain realities about Kenya.
First, Kenya is undoubtedly corrupt beyond rescue and together with negative ethnicity, graft is what will destroy this country.
Second, though Kenyans have smelt corruption in the institutions where it is now being exposed, our refusal to follow the smoke of corruption to its fire and put it out has only made the fire bigger.
Third, that our so-called foreign investors are also corrupt and we should not rush to award them tenders and business contracts without due diligence and insistence on legal procedures.
Fourth, that although there is corruption in the developed world, unlike us, they fight it when we don’t.
Five, it is a big myth that in Kenya private sector is not corrupt. Private sector is as much or more corrupt than the public sector. Private sector is the handsome and smartly dressed gentleman that disarms lady public sector with gifts of necklaces, mirrors and flowers to persuade her to cohabit with him and bear more graft.
Finally, from county governments to the national government, it is no longer tenable to assume that unproven professionals are less corrupt and better managers of the economy than other people whose integrity could be well established.
If we don’t eradicate corruption and negative ethnicity, they will destroy us as corruption and perversion destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.