Getting Trapped in the Integrity Tag - No President for Kenya
We keep on repeating the word now and then-integrity -until the word has become a cliché to us. With Kenya expecting to hold its general election come March next year 2013, the question of who is qualified to run for any elective post has been hot on many people’s heels. The recent damming revelation to the man who some quarters believed as the only person qualified to stay at the helm because was scandals free the Hon. Prime Minister has been cornered with some claims damming as I can say, that he did not sit for class eight exam of which by then was Certificate of Primary Education (CPE).
Kenya has never cease to experience wonders and the politics that has been controlling Kenya at the expense of development seemed to have gone overboard to the integrity tag. The scholars and other learned men cannot do without politics and that might be the reason for quick and fast gains everyone throwing his or her weight in politics hoping to fish the bigger catch before the dawn.
When the four Kenyans were suspected to have been involved in post election violence in 2007/2008 those who were sitting on the fence were very active and vocal citing how the acts Placed before the Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta, Hon. William Rutto, Hon. Francis Muthaura and Journalist Sang were more serious as it infringed human existence but the same people have gone underground with all due respect of their professionalism. Has the law profession they have acquired lacked the guts to interpret sections of the constitution or it is a matter of being partisan to gain favor from the public?
A society cannot be shaped by people who also fail to pass the integrity test when it comes to fair judging. We need to see activists and lawyers who can be able to interpret the law on both sides of coins and not blindly hide under the table when their wishes are not met.
Now that the public is aware that none of the top five contenders can run for the bigger post without the clearance from the court it takes us far beyond knowing what has been in the dark and the element of sanity in governance should prevail beyond the prophets of doom.
Whether we question the integrity of one aspirant or not, the fact remains that we shall either be led by a person of questionable integrity or we decide once and for all to pay the price of our ignorance. With the corruption and unemployment at the highest order we need to come up with normal interpretation and understanding of the views of the majority. Measuring by any standard scale none of the top five contenders can lead the country with a promise of shaping the country the way majority may want but the question of raising alarms when one individual whom they term as "outside" while sitting on the fence when their own is put o the cross fire should cease.
Now that Kenyans have been put on a fixed and diluted scandals pool, it is upon us to select which monster cage we will take the hiding. How you will become alive from the cage will purely base on your tactics to handle the magnitude of dangers that beckon before you. Who knows even you (electorate) you will be reliable for your questionable integrity of failing to learn from the past? Rise up and put all the mechanisms for the better Kenya if you do not want to be in that secluded political triangle which will never sustain this self proclaimed “still developing country”.
By Raphael Kioma
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