Prime Minister Raila Odinga Is Right In Withdrawing Support for Anti-Graft Nominees

20 Feb

In President Kibaki Is About To Flip Us All The Middle Finger Again posted last November, I noted the following:

The two [candidates for nomination to chair the Anti-Corruption Commission “EACC”] are said to be former Law Society of Kenya chairman who also served in the KACC Advisory Board, Erick Okong’o Omogeni, and Mumo Matemu who is a former commissioner at the Kenya Revenue Authority and chaired the Task Force on dual citizenship.

According to the [Standard Online], Kibaki wants Prof Matemu to take over EACC, while the PM prefers Mr Omogeni to head the body.

During the vetting process, Omogeni scored the highest at 81.7 points, followed by Matemu with 78.4 points.

Mogeni should therefore in my view be appointed as chairman of the body if merit means anything.

I cannot see any overriding interest to overlook the fact that Mogeni came up on top after shortlisting and interview other than Kibaki yet again trying to muscle his way into getting something he should not good only for his personal and narrow political interests not in the national interest.

Indeed, I find it interesting when the Standard says that �sources familiar with the standoff say the two leaders would compromise by way of one being allowed to pick the chairman and the other the deputy.�

That�s not a compromise unless Kibaki relents and lets Raila have his choice; having it the other way around would not be a compromise but yet again another flip of the finger at all of us by Kibaki as he did with the appointment of Prof. Githu Muigai as our AG. See my blog The Meaning of Kibaki�s Appointment of Githu Muigai As Attorney General for more about how Kibaki flipped us the middle finger then.

Let’s hope not.

End quote.

According to today’s Standard Online, the PM has now written to President Kibaki, withdrawing his support for the nominations previously submitted by the Executive for EACC, the new anti-graft body but rejected by the Parliamentary committee handling the matter.

Neither Parliament nor the Executive did anything after the committee rejected the nominations and now the PM wants the nominees withdrawn and a new list sent to Parliament upon consultation between the principles.

This is a good move consistent with the constitution and the right thing for the president to do, is simply withdraw the nominations and seek fresh consultation with the PM and submit a new list agreeable to both sides.

The arguments being advanced by those intent on maintaining status quo in reforms are bogus and must be rejected.

Hon. Kiraitu Murungi, for example, is quoted by the Standard as saying the PM’s move is “water under the bridge” because the nominees were “automatically confirmed” because Parliament did not approve the list within 21 days.

There is tortured logic and then there are things that do not make sense at all neither of which are places one should anchor any argument, especially one that goes to an important question whether a body that is charged with the responsibility to root out corruption in the country should be headed by an individual or individuals with impeccable credentials and integrity.

Indeed, even lawyers who have neither facts nor law on their side must surely try not to say nonsense for the sake of saying something!

Yet, this is what Murungi has done, namely, said nonsense in defense of something the president is better off heeding the PM’s counsel without making a fuss and redo this process for the sake of constituting a body we all as Kenyans must have faith in to do the important task ahead of it.

When the likes of Isaac Ruto parrot what Murungi is saying without thinking as usual, we must pray for our current Parliament for who knows how many of them we have ready to so blindly vote on anything and regardless of how anti-reform or counter-intuitive and against progress it is.

Peace, Unity and God Help Us From Some of These MPs


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