Monday, February 20, 2006

The Anglo Leasing debate: The way I see it

The way I see it, the current cry in the country isn't necessarily for Mr. Jones or Napoleon & Co. (including other political pigs - on both sides of our political divide - who have, conveniently, excused the ills and excesses of the "revolution") to leave the farm but for there to be a re-birth of the nation, probably with an entirely new leadership. 
Those among us seeing the on-going national travails / birth-pangs as a war on Kibaki or the Kikuyu community have missed the point entirely, for neither KANU nor LDP (for whom it's supposed some of us often speak) stand any better chance in the ring this time round. 
And by this I don't mean to speak for any "Third Force" - all I'm saying is that "mjinga" (Wanjiku) ameerevuka, hivi "mwerevu" (the political elite and its hangers-on on both sides of the divide) yu mashakani. 
An understanding of the multi-faceted nature of the current corruption debate is a pre-condition for the formulation of an effective idea on the way forward.
Such a formulation would place corruption in a historical and contemporary context, with a particular appreciation of the fact that the citizenry has CHANGED, we are not the same voters that would painstakingly vumilia in the past!
It's worth noting that the "fundamentalism" we are witnessing in the defenses by both the government and the opposition of their positions in the current debate has acquired a more pronounced political edge as their national fortunes decline dramatically in the face of an increasingly aware and skeptic public.   
This brand of political manouvering has been manifest in the words and deeds of our state and non-state actors over the past few days and, in my view, sporadic shadow-boxing by some folks in some fora. 
The West might not be the paragon of private and public morality in several respects, but it stands as an illustration of the reality that Wanjiku's so-called activism in the war against graft and other government excesses can be a constructive regime-changing / stabilizing force. 
True, the West is not best but much of the West has found a balance between personal interests (on the part of their countries' leaderships, as some would have us see in the Kenyan context) and genuine public sensibilities.


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