A week after Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko was arrainged in court accompanied by his defense lawyer, Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen, supposedly the leader of those to oversight our devolved funds against misappropriation by governors and others, the Elegeyo-Marakwet Senator gave an impassionate speech to a crowd, almost to the point of tears, that devolution is under threat. He says the fight on corruption and the arrest of governors by the central government is nothing but a fight against devolution. Murkomen tells us that there is ”a bigger fight which is a central government wanting to close down county governments through the back door” as he delves into what he calls the history of how Jomo Kenyatta and Kanu abolished devolution. This is a government he put in place through thick and thin, a government he represents as the Senate Majority Leader and one he says he fought many battles for to install in power. Political hypocrisy and intellectual insult aside, Murkomen is trading in a selfish false war.
Yes the war on corruption is skewed and is weak. I agree with Murkomen on this. The war on corruption, if there is such a thing, is fought selectively and looks more like a political war on one arm of a deeply corrupt camp. But the idea that fighting corrupt governors is a fight on devolution is a false dichotomy, a dishonest plea and one that is meant to not only bifurcate Kenyans but designed for self preservation and to protect corrupt friends in high places. Murkomen and his ilk should not mislead us and divert us from prosecuting those stealing our wealth. Speaking and acting against corrupt mandarins and governors who are raiding public coffers dry, should not be politicised. Speaking against corruption at the counties must not and cannot be confused with fighting devolution. Yes, the central government and its former ardent supporters like Moses Kuria will and are fighting devolution so as to re-centralise power and resources but fighting corruption and preserving devolution should not and cannot be mutually exclusive. We can and must fight corruption at the counties while fighting for and promoting devolution. The political elite must not be allowed to involve us in their parochial, 2022 succession and self-prerservation games. All governors who are suspected to be corrupt and stealing public money must be prosecuted, barred from office and if found guilty sent to the gallows. There is no two way to it. Governors who are embezzling public funds and whose people are dying in dozens from hunger must also be charged with first degree murder.
Murkomen is trying to appeal to supporters and senators of governors who have been barred from office because they are subject to court orders on corruption. Kiambu Governor, a former Nairobi thug, who was allegedly imposed on the unsuspecting people of that county has been impeached by his MCAs after Justice Mumbi barred him from office. The impeachment has to be approved by the Senate. Now, here is where Murkomen is planning the war to safe a corrupt thug who has run down Kiambu. This is why he is amplifying the fight on corrupt governors and calling it a war on devolution. In any case, Murkomen is both a centralist and a NO campaigner whose political master and boss William Ruto campaigned against the 2010 constitution that ushered in devolution and the billions that have come to our counties, albeit looted by the managers, at least most of it. So, we can rest the case that Murkomen is fighting for devolution. False dichotomy and stupid semantics as he drivels for bigger political office is what he is indulging.
Let us ask oursleves why are all the charged Governors close to the number 2 who is Murkomen’s boss? Where there is smoke there ought to be fire. This is what Kenyans must focus on, not on what political newbies say and do to impose more corrupt people on Kenyans.
Just to add on, EACC, DCI and DPP have forgotten to include Northern Kenya in the fight against corruption. Is it because they do not care what is stolen from these counties? Is it because they want people to equate devolution with corruption and therefore close down these counties as Murkomen claims?Why is it that despite the explicit theft that is going on in these counties not a single county chief has been charged and barred from office? We suspect people in high places are protecting Northern Kenya governors from prosecution and they will be held accountable for the wanton theft of resources and death of people from hunger in these counties along side these governors when the time comes.