The threat of the envoys of 11 Western countries to impose a visa ban on public officials involved in corruption is yet another blot on the country’s image.
It demonstrates the frustration of the Western nations over untamed corruption and a government that seems unconcerned as public resources are plundered.
Kenya went through a similar painful experience in the 1990s and it is sad that we are back there.
Unfortunately, instead of fighting corruption, the administration has focused its energies on harassing the opposition, civil society organisations, and the media for cataloguing the corruption scandals.
Corruption, mismanagement, and poor governance are costing the citizens. Development projects have no doubt been affected as funds are looted. The prevailing investment environment is not encouraging to investors.
This is likely to be worsened by the difficulties the economy is going through and the mounting foreign debt.
Things could have been done differently to avoid this current situation where Kenya has now attracted the wrath of the Western nations, who are key development partners and investors.
Undoubtedly, some people close to the ruling regime will soon come out to vilify the diplomats over the threatened visa sanctions, but that would be myopic.
Kenya is not an island and those plundering its resources must not be allowed to enjoy their ill-gotten wealth.
President Uhuru Kenyatta must rein in the corrupt officials in his government. All those implicated in corrupt deals must removed and sent to the courts to face charges.
It is a shame that we have to endure another round of lectures by the West because we seem unable to manage our affairs.
SOURCE: DAILY NATION