It’s always the right time to do the right thing, and the time to fight graft is now

Kenya is facing a self-inflicted national disaster that is threatening to destroy the economy.

There is no denying that increased interest rates and taxes and the weakening of the Kenyan shilling are pointers to a wobbling economy. Any other story line is just a lie.

But the questions that all patriotic Kenyans are asking are: Why has the President been slow in taming the escalating corruption in the government?

Does he care about his legacy? Does he care about the 45 million people on whose trust he holds the instruments of power?

For how long will Kenya continue to tarnish its name and the name of its citizens?

In the wake of the scandals that have come out in quick succession in recent weeks, the international media has just stopped short of terming Kenya a hotbed of corruption.

Clearly, silence and failing to act on corruption is a betrayal of the current and future generations.

Kenyans deserve to know what happened to the Eurobond cash because they will pay for it.

The thieves who stole from the Youth Enterprise Development Fund must be brought to book as a matter of urgency.

Heads must roll in the National Youth Service saga.

Counties with pending corruption investigations should not receive funds from the exchequer.

This is the time for decisive action if we are to save the economy and the social fabric of our nation.

CRACK THE WHIP

This is no time to behave like the proverbial ostrich.

The Kenyan taxpayer is growing overly concerned and impatient.

If the President cannot do what is right for this nation, there will be no justification to continue feeding the goose whose eggs are greedily fried and eaten by a few thieves.

It is better to pay taxes to a government that is fiscally responsible than one whose appetite for economic plunder is insatiable.

Therefore, it is incumbent upon the President to crack the whip and give taxpayers a reason to continue being faithful.

Nothing hurts more than paying taxes that are then looted at the expense of socio-economic development.

In the end, the buck stops with the President. For Kenya, taming corruption is not about the next election but about the next generation.

The price of greatness is responsibility. Martin Luther King Jr said that the time is always right to do the right thing. The right time is now.

SOURCE: DAILY NATION