Marende ruling is a blow to schemers of impunity
Obviously, Speaker Kenneth Marende’s ruling to the effect that Kibaki’s controversial nomination of Attorney General, Chief Justice, Public Prosecutor and Controller of Budget was illegal was a victory against the “Network of Impunity” represented by leading members of PNU and ODM rebel MPs. That Marende upheld that the President’s nominations were unconstitutional and a violation of the National Accord was a victory of all Kenyans against impunity, dictatorship, rule by political Mafia and retrogressive political conspiracies that are threatening the country’s fragile democratization process, inter-ethnic harmony, stability, security and general progress.
Marende’s ruling is evidence that Kenya is capable of making headway with the reform agenda but only if there are Kenyans like Marende who are bold enough to stand up to be counted in the struggle for the democratization of the country. If you are a Kenyan and you are mourning the Marende ruling, then you are either a tribalist, a merchant of impunity or an agent/sympathizer of the Mafia ruling class headed by President Mwai Kibaki. All Kenyans of good-will ought to be celebrating.
After hand-picking the heads of: the Kenyan army, the Navy and Intelligence, and while in current control of Internal Security, Ministry of Finance, the Central Bank of Kenya (to mention but a few key institutions in government), the nomination of the Mafia loyalists to fill key positions in the Judiciary was the final assignment of members of this filthy Network before the whole system of the Kenyan government could be oiled to loyally serve their vested interests. The Marende ruling has broken the chain at its most critical segment and this calls for a national celebration.
From their uncouth public utterances, dirty political schemes, divisive ethnic alignments of the KKK type, open theft of public funds through multiple corruption scandals, rampant violation of the National Accord upon which the Coalition government is built, blatant violation of the new Constitution, campaign of calumny against PM Raila Odinga, constant propagation of inter-ethnic hatred through media channels they control and exploitation of a zombie President to push for an agenda aimed at perpetuating impunity, indications are that political gangsters in charge of the Kenyan State apparatus are not preparing to relinquish power if they lose in a free and fair election next year.
The merchants of impunity have consciously continued to: twist Constitutional provisions in their favour; deliberately manufactured “consultations” between PM and President on critical national matters to suit their interests; recruited Moi’s political orphans (the Rutos) to try and gain numerical advantage in Parliament; unduly raised political temperatures in the country to get their way and hopelessly put the country on a pre-mature campaign mood to try and build a bogus political Alliance all because of one reason - they are scared to death of losing power in 2012.
These “enemies of the people” campaigned against the writing of a new Constitution and lost because Kenyans understood their games. Noticing that PM Raila Odinga is the main obstacle in their heinous schemes, they have turned against him with lies, witch-hunting, character assassination, demonization, scapegoating, shadow boxing, frame-ups, intrigue and chicanery. Fortunately, at each and every stage, they continue to fail.
A protracted anti-Raila campaign by William Ruto, the new desciple of impunity
William Ruto, with his quixotic project of “dethroning Raila Odinga” as political king-maker, has, instead, metamorphosed into a “loyal disciple of impunity” who is now at the disposal of PNU hawks. At first, he claimed (without evidence) that Raila had neglected youths who fought for him during PEV but lost the propaganda war. He then claimed that Raila was responsible for the plight of IDPs in the Rift Valley but lost the war because Kenyans know and understand the process that created IDPs.
Ruto then embarked on using the issue of Mau forest evictions (meant to preserve water catchment areas) to claim that Raila was responsible for the landlessness of the Mau forest evictees. He lost the war when it was proven that majority of evictees in question were fake. When the government eventually accepted to compensate the real evictees, Ruto lost the war totally because he ran out of fodder for propaganda. It is then that he turned on the issue of the Constitution. Ruto and his Rift Valley allies opposed the Constitution simply because Raila said “Yes” to the document. Predictably, Kenyans saw through Ruto’s schemes, rejected his “No campaign” and now, we have a new Constitution.
When Ocampo named Ruto as one of the key perpetrators of the Post Election Violence (PEV), he began a campaign of slander against the PM, claiming that Raila had masterminded “the plot” that culminated in the naming of the Ocampo six. What he did not explain adequately is how Raila could have plotted against Henry Kosgey, his own Party Chairman and strategic link-man in the Rift Valley.
When the public refused to buy Ruto’s explanation about a “Raila link” to the Ocampo six, he turned to something else. He created a lot of dust by rushing to The Hague “to meet Ocampo”. He lost because Ocampo gave him a blind date. According to a Luo proverb “dhing’o iro ok e tedo”, (the fact that you are bellowing a lot of smoke does not mean that you are cooking). When he rushed to The Hague, Ruto was simply bellowing smoke because when he returned to Kenya, it was clear that he hadn’t been cooking anything. Depressed, Ruto thought of a new plan to undermine Raila.
He woke up one morning, teamed up with his pro-impunity allies in PNU and began a campaign to “pass a vote of no confidence” in the Prime Minister in Parliament. Nothing happened. The problem was that Ruto had not read the “Political Party’s Act” properly because he should have known that regardless of his (and sycophants alike) negative relationship with Raila odinga, ODM still has majority members in Parliament as long as Ruto (and allies) remained members of the Party. Raila’s Premiership is tied to the number of ODM MPs in Parliament, not individual loyalties to the PM.
Nevertheless, Ruto made a public declaration: he claimed that he had cut himself off from ODM because he “was done with Raila Odinga”. As I write, Ruto and his henchmen have not quit ODM, formed a new political Party or joined PNU. Instead, he is running across the country shouting Raila’s name at every opportunity to gain cheap popularity.
After failing to link Raila to his ICC predicament, Ruto once again teamed up with his newly found PNU friends to begin a campaign of getting Kenya out of ICC. Traitor Kalonzo Musyoka was sent on the so called “shuttle diplomacy” to convince irrelevant African States to support the bid. The campaign is doomed because the UK and United States governments have stated that they will veto any attempts to get Kenya out of ICC. Once again, the Network of impunity in Kenya is mark-timing, awaiting a sure defeat with their “Kenya out of ICC” Project.
It has to be remembered that just before the Marende ruling, Ruto, Uhuru and Kalonzo had failed with their ethnic-based KKK Alliance which has never taken off the ground because of political baggage. Instead of forging the Alliance, they were left trying to erase the “KKK” tag from their images after the Alliance turned into a hot potato.
The latest project of hand-picking top officials in the Judiciary has just suffered a terrible blow with the Marende ruling. Kenyans need to take back their country from sharks operating through Parliament. All communities need to unite against this gang and defeat them once and for all. Our country is capable of real development but not with hyenas in charge of government.
The Marende ruling must be lauded because it is a heavy blow to the schemers of impunity in Kenya. The new Constitution has to be followed to the letter! The National Accord is what created the Coalition government and it too, has to be followed to the letter. The merchants of impunity will continue to fail until they are eventually defeated in the 2012 elections. This will open the way for thieves to be brought to justice and perpetrators of impunity to be brought before the law to answer to their crimes against the people of Kenya.