Extreme Care as the West Shops for the Next Kenya President is Necessary and Mandatory
History in Africa has proved that all the African Dictators who have messed their Nations were once great friends and confidants of the West. Those dictators have for many years continued to loot public funds in their respective Nations and have been stashing away their loot into their personal Bank accounts in those same western nations.
The next elections in Kenya will likely see drug dealers and looters of pubic funds run for different positions of leadership. The West has to understand that there has never been any other time in the history of Kenya, when the drug dealers and the looters of public funds were as threatened as they are today. This is because Kenya has never been as close to positive chance as it is today.
During the recent visit to Kenya by the US Secretary of State Mrs. Hillary Clinton, she cautioned both Hon Uhuru Kenyatta and the former Minister for Agriculture, Hon. William Ruto that either one of them will risk sanctions after ascending to Presidency. Apparently, that was a warning to the two Kenyans not to vie for Presidency in the next general elections due in March 4th, 2013.
Those warnings will sound more genuine if the same concern is extended to the drug dealers, the looters of public funds and other criminals in Kenya who may surprisingly ascend to top powerful leadership positions. Kenyans have witnessed very many scandals, political assassinations and political murders over a long period time. Some of the scandals rage from Goldenberg, the Anglo Leasing, the White Elephant, the Youth Funds, the National Hospital Insurance Funds, the Maize fiasco, the Molasses plant, the sale of the Cemetery, land grabbing to very many other unresolved scandals.
Supporting and/or sponsoring anyone suspected in any of those scandals will be tantamount to encouraging corruption in Kenya. Therefore, the West should avoid putting Kenyans back into the same or worse living conditions while it shops for the next Kenyan President.
The recycling of the same Kenya politicians who have been party and parcel to the political and economic mess in Kenya will only cause more agony and suffering of the Kenyan people. Restoring back to leadership positions in Kenya, the same people who have been in leadership before, will only worsen the current economic situation in Kenya. The loss of the Youth Funds in the era of the new constitution explains clearly what will happen when the same leaders are back to power. The loss of the National Hospital Insurance Funds, some of which found its way to an account in Jersey, is another pointer.
The World Bank and he IMF have reason to be concerned about the coming elections in Kenya, because most of the money that has been given to Kenya in form of loans and grants has always been looted and banked abroad. The two Brett Woods institutions must view with concern the path being taken by the West as it shops for the next President of the Republic of Kenya. The next President of Kenya should be someone of high integrity, honest and transparent. He or she should not be a suspect in any of the numerous scandals and crimes already committed in Kenya. Therefore, the World Bank and IMF have a duty to advice the West accordingly, lest it shops for the wrong person to lead Kenya come March 4th, 2013.
By Isaac Newton Kinity.
This article was addressed as an open letter to the President of the World Bank and the Executive Director of the IMF, and copied to Mwakilishi.com.
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