The ghost of tribally laced corruption and impunity in the public service suffocating Western Province and North Rift’s longing to rise
Written by West FM
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“Our government is the potent, the omnipotent teacher. For good or for ill, it teaches people by example. If the government becomes the law breaker, it breeds contempt for law and invites everyman to become a law unto himself.” By Louis Brandeis – US Supreme Court Justice (1856-1941)
West FM as the mirror of the reality of the covert and overt goings on in Western Province and North Rift shall reflect that reality as it is, ugly or beautiful. And there is nothing sacred. Nothing taboo. And to keep quiet is to be complicity to the cancers that are eating at the marrow of the socio-economic fabric of the region. The people in the region must have the courage to debate and interrogate the good and the bad. Fear is darkness. The truth is light. Hypocrisy is what killed the ordinary Kenyans Dreams and Promises at independence. Hypocrisy, fear, injustice will kill the new Promises, the new Dreams Kenyans distilled and planted as a mustard seed in the Constitution of Kenya 2010. The people must hold those entrusted with the stewardship of taxpayers resources on behalf of the people scrupulously accountable. They do not have to apologize to anybody. It is a cardinal civic duty. It is the lawful and clear way to transform for the better the lives of the majority of the residents of the region out of the grip of poverty, unemployment, hopelessness.
Western Province and North Rift are being suffocated, stifled, stunted by tribal cartels that have been perfected and entrenched across the region in the public service. The tribal cartels of dominant and non-dominant communities operate with impunity and extreme arrogance and contempt for the local communities, residents who they are tasked to serve under the Constitution and the Public Officer Act and the Service Charters of the respective Ministries of Government.
The tribal cartels in the public service in the region are at their worst where those communities hail are from outside Western and North Rift as the said public servants align themselves with members of their communities who are settled or doing business in the region. Indeed, those corrupt public servants do not even hide or pretend while transacting there odious tribal agendas in their mother tongues in those public offices and indeed the tendering and public procurements processes are manipulated, twisted to favour their kinsmen in the private sector who are assured of winning those tenders, procurements year in, year out.
The tribal cartels organized by public servants and their tribesmen become even more obnoxious and exhibitionist in the evenings as those corrupt public servants hold public court at designated drinking places in the towns where they flaunt their corruptly ill gotten wealth and derisively pour contempt on and belittle the local residents and communities.
The cancerous, lecherous, toxic tribal coated corruption and impunity rampant in the public service in Western Province and North Rift continue business as usual to suffocate the residents’ Dreams and Promises embodied in the Constitution of Kenya 2010. The New Constitutional thresholds on leadership and integrity at Chapter 6 of the Constitution have no application and meaning to the tribal cartels in the public service in the region.
West FM states that time has come for the National Cohesion and Reconciliation Commission to undertake a through audit of the queer, skewed tribal public service composition in Western Province and North Rift. How are the public servants posted? Are there not obvious patterns of certain communities being over represented in the public service in the region in proportion to the national size of that community? Are there manipulations at the head office of the Public Service Commission and various ministries that are causing the over concentration of certain communities in the region? How long have certain public servants stayed in the regions and are they not by overstaying in the region not working in cahoots with the Public Service Commission head office and the Ministries Head Office to get more of their kinsmen in the region? And who will watch over the intrigues of postings that promote tribal racketeering and cartels.
And why can’t the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission undertake an audit and interrogation of the life styles of public servants in Western Kenya and North Rift. How is it that public servants who came to the regions as people without any visible wealth have in record time acquired massive wealth and properties? It cannot be that this full time public servants can have also been doing booming corrupt free business to acquire their massive wealth when they only have less than three hours a day after their official duties in the weekday and two days of the weekend to do business. And yes, others are looting public resources from Western Province and repatriating them back to their home Counties and the big cities. The trail of unrepaired or badly repaired roads, non-existent or poorly executed project implementation, dismal or non-existent public service delivery is part of the story of the massive looting, squander, mismanagement of public resources of the region by those entrusted to protect them and deliver them to the ordinary residents. The elected leaders of Western Province and North Rift are either beneficiaries of the widespread tribal aligned corruption and impunity in the public service or they are impervious to them or do not give a hoot what goes on in the public service in the region.
West FM states that indeed if the elected leadership was mindful of the welfare of the residents of the region they would have long arrested and reversed the deplorable state of affairs of public service delivery in the region. The breakdown of law and order, the deplorable state of health facilities, the impassable state of roads, the despair of the residents in ever being able to promptly receive public service without bribery, all bespeak of an elected leadershipthat does not understand the reality of how a dysfunctional public service structure is the biggest threat, impediment to the longing to rise of Western Province and North Rift.
West FM proclaims that unfortunately those honest, hardworking, patriotic, nationalistic diligent public servants in the region are an exception rather than the rule. They are an endangered species. The reality is that those men and women of honour in the public service in the region are outnumbered by far in relation to the rotten corrupt, tribal, impunity spitting public servants. There is no doubt that there are a few men and women of unquestionable integrity, decorum from across all communities of Kenya who are diligently day in day out discharging their public service duties with dedication in accordance with the Constitution, the Public Officer Act and their respective Ministry Service Charters. West fm pays homage and tribute to those patriotic public servants. They are heroes who continue to work in difficult environments to serve the ordinary mwananchi.
But with the next general election looming, the lords of impunity and tribalized corruption are having a field day as politicians scout for those lords to be in their political camps and be instruments of advancing the politicians narrow parochial political agendas and financing them.
The demons of corruption are at large now until the next general election. The citizenry of Western Province and North Rift must stand up for themselves and ostracize, condemn, expose, fight, demystify, debunk the ogre of tribally orchestrated corruption, impunity in the public service as that public service controls all the region’s resources as voted to it in the National Budget.
The Commission on the Implementation of the Constitution must rise above its ivory tower strategies of addressing press conferences in Nairobi and putting paid adverts in the print media and go out to the grassroots and gauge and determine whether the public service at those grassroots are adhering to and obeying the Constitution of Kenya 2010 in their discharge of their public duties. The CIC mandate is not just to yell and scream at the Executive and Parliament to pass this or that law but to also ensure that the principles, values and tenets of the Constitution have percolated to the public service cadres out there at the grassroots for it is indeed there that a true measure of the implementation of the Constitution as it impacts on the Sovereign people of Kenya can be undertaken.
The National Cohesion and Reconciliation Commission come forward and burst the toxic tribal corruption syndicates and networks in the public service in Western Province and North Rift and let the Promises and Dreams of the new Constitution of Kenya reign. The humble genial and God fearing ordinary people of the region are overwhelmed and they cannot bear any longer the contempt, the abuses, the hubris of the tribal networks suffocating the public service which is constitutional mandated to serve the sovereign people of the region.
WEST FM (c)