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February 19, 2019

Support graft war no matter whom it hurts

President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, April 24, 2018. /PSCU
President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, April 24, 2018. /PSCU

The country has barely turned a corner from the traumatic events of the last election. The catharsis brought about by the celebrated truce between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his opponent Raila Odinga was to cover the country, but it has all but fizzled out. The opportunity for healing and focussing on pressing needs is being frittered away in another round of premature political shadow-boxing.

Either politicians are irredeemably confused about the national agenda or too obsessed with their own survival to see the obvious. This country is in dire need of focussed leadership to steer it toward development. The President has called the nation to order severally this year, but that has not deterred politicians across the divide from obsessing about his succession. This is more pronounced in his own Jubilee Party — where urgent housecleaning is needed — than in the opposition. 

As a consequence, the all-important fight against endemic corruption is at risk of being compromised by partisan interests and personal ambitions. But a country’s destiny cannot be tied to anyone’s fortunes, however mighty.

All Kenyans must support the President’s resolve to carry through the mission of ridding our system of corruption, however disruptive it may be to some careers and fortunes.


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