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A public official resigning is a step forward but not all

Voluntary resignation of a high ranking public official is not a Kenyan culture. Former MP Hon. Amos Kimunya said clearly, “I would rather die than resign”. The late Hon. George Saitoti once said, “a times, the state is bigger than individual”. However, both sentiments point at ethical positions at different levels. Many Kenyans, including those holding top offices think like Kimunya. Recently, the President of Zimbabwe and the Chairman of the African Union, Robert Mugabe said it all while cautioning Zimbabweans to be careful with Kenyans. Kenyans have been tagged arrogant and shrewd thieves by the head of the AU. President Museveni of Uganda told President Uhuru at his inauguration ceremony at Kasarani, “tell your people to stop stealing my cows”. Such statements now depict what Kenya is and what has been echoed by high class diplomats.
In recent years, the call to stop corruption was in the docket of civil society members. But now, the government has found how to silence them systematically. Media fraternity has tried to do their bit while the opposition has blown the fight against graft out of proportion. Several calls on Hon. Anne Mumbi Waiguru to resign from her top office has taken some people to court under allegations of hate crime and defamation.
This blog is interested in revealing that Kenyans have perfected the art of deception. They have added a dosage of arrogance and being rude. Such rude behaviour in Kenya is dominating the public face even at the international criminal court. Kenyan leadership is now seen as being rude and shockingly uncouth. It is seen when MPs board plane, abandon their public duties at home and gang up in The Hague to shout, drink beer in public and call hells out of the international community. One day judge Osuje presiding over the Kenyan case told Kenyans off in a powerful statement. Kenyan professionals tend to lecture on the world authorities demanding injustice. Well, the oracles are always right…even this type of behaviour shall come to stop.
Being ethical requires us to develop some standards of behaviour. In Japan and several places in Europe, if a public officer is found to be corrupt, the best the individual can do is to return the stolen money or hang. Countries such as Rwanda and Burundi stealing public funds is a serious scandal that can put one in jail for life. Besides the retributive justice, the stolen money shall be recovered. No wonder, many investors that are keen on Africa would prefer Rwanda by far or at least, Tanzania. Kenya has tainted its image with chronic corruption records.
This blog welcomes the resignation of Hon. Waiguru and demands that Kenyans should do the right thing as other civilized countries. The stolen money must be returned…those implicated in the deal must face justice no matter what. It is in order, to resign or step aside, but the wise thing to do is to face justice.
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About Peter Onyango

Dr. Peter Onyango O. is one of our main contributors. He is a senior law lecturer, a writer, a consultant, peace ambassador, and a researcher. He assists so many professionals, legal minds, and debaters with his skills and scholarly wealth! He supports children and village community as a way of giving back to community. He edits, proof reads, and publishes various articles for our page!

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