The current clamour by members of Parliament from Nyeri and the central region in general to have Mr Aden Duale removed as the Leader of Majority ostensibly because he failed to produce a list of those funding Al-Shabaab activities in the country just goes to show how lop-sided our leaders’ priorities are.
I hold no brief for Mr Duale, but it is my belief that he is being crucified, not so much because of his failure to table the names but because of other expedient political considerations.
There are many weighty matters dogging this country, including insecurity, which one would expect these MPs to be more concerned about rather than trying to dislodge Mr Duale.
He is not the one in charge of the security docket and cannot, therefore, be held accountable for failing to provide such a list. This is the responsibility of those mandated to carry out that role.
The kind of looting of public funds being reported daily in this country is astounding and should have prompted a crisis meeting by Parliament, whose mandate is to be the oversight authority over the Executive and to ensure that resources belonging to the public, whom the MPs purport to represent, are put to the best use possible.
They have, instead, joined in the looting and tribal bigotry. When one of their own is mentioned in a scam, leaders from the region they hail from immediately rush to defend him/her without allowing the benefit of an investigation. Just consider the saga over alleged financial impropriety at the National Youth Service.
One would have thought that the powerful speech delivered by President Obama at Kasarani on July 26, 2015, touching on corruption, cronyism, tribalism, and utter disregard for the rule of law would have caused a sobering moment for our leaders, and particularly members of Parliament. Instead, it is business as usual for them. These vices have now become de facto human rights.
I challenge the political class in this country to take a sobering look at the issues affecting the common man/woman and address them much more seriously than they are doing and to avoid dwelling on non-issues.
Kenyans are paying taxes through the nose to fund your lofty lifestyles and it is only fair that you make an attempt, however feeble, to reciprocate.