Corruption has been reigning in Kenya since time immemorial. People have been looting public resources without fear and Kenyans are feeling the heat.
Before looters of public resources used to steal in millions but now they have graduated because they are only stealing in billions.
Talk of the 95 billion shillings from the Kenya Pipeline Corporation or 9 billion shillings from the National Youth Service or 20 billion shillings from the Irrigation Board or 2 billion from the National Cereals and Produce Board.
The rule of corruption has earned the term several new other names. Nowadays, politicians don’t refer to corruption as corruption but they have special terms. Let us call them codes.
To some, corruption is a dragon. You will hear them say that they need power to ‘slay this dragon.’ To them, it is something beyond the imaginary.
Some refer to corruption as an animal. To them, corruption is any form of an animal. They never give a specific animal but you will hear them say ‘we have to kill this animal.’
What about the Big Fish? This is a common term. Right? Big fish has been used to refer to big figures in government who loot public resources. Most of the time, these are the sacred cows, the untouchables.
Have you heard of the Small fish? According to Kenya’s corruption dictionary, authored by our very own corrupt politicians, small fish are those who are used by the big fish to steal and they are sacrificed as the real thieves.
Some politicians refer to corruption as a mystery. To them, this is a puzzle, something that cannot be broken. You will hear them say, ‘we have to unearth this mystery.’
Some say that we have a big problem. The problem here being corruption. They never define what kind of a problem it is but what they know is, it is a problem.
Last week, the Director of Public Prosecution introduced a new term. He called corruption a Whale. To him, big fish and small fish are not enough but we should refer to them as whales.
‘We have to fight This thing,’ you will hear some politically incorrect individuals say. This Thing here referring to corruption.
Corruption is also known as a Ghost. The proponents of this term believe that corruption is a ghost, something too mysterious to be fought, something that cannot be seen.
Some have called corruption Tsunami. Something that destroys.
Now, Kenyans, off all the terms, corruption remains corruption. It is stealing of public resources.