Dear Kenyans, the World Cup is now over. You had immersed yourself so much into the world tournament that you most likely forgot real issues we have been facing.
The World Cup is now officially over. Let us get down to business and because there is no doubt that we are a forgetful lot, allow me to remind you what we were facing before the World Cup kicked in.
Let me start with the most recent one, the Kenya Power and Lighting Company. There is a storm at the KPLC. The mighty are falling and the gods are trembling before the DPP Noordin Haji. Former KPLC Boss Ben Chumo was arrested alongside other top bosses at the firm to answer charges of economic crimes.
The current KPLC boss Ken Tarus, who was being sought after by the DCI officers surrendered himself Sunday evening and spent the night at Muthaiga Police station waiting to be presented in court on Monday. The taxpayer is said to have lost more than 4.5 billion shillings through unscrupulous procurement processes at the power company.
Before we went for the World Cup, the National Youth Service saga was ruling the airwaves. More than 4o suspects alleged to have masterminded the mysterious disappearance of more than 8 billion shillings from the NYS had been remanded for more than a month. Most of them are out on bail but some like the Ngiritas are still behind bars after failing to raise the bond.
The then PS Lillian Omollo, whose life in remand forced to seek refuge at Kenyatta National Hospital, private wing, has since been fired and replaced. There has been little activity going about the saga. The Kenyan mainstream media, as you all know, is like a headless chicken that erupts on emotions and dies thereafter. They have not followed up on the progress of the NYS cases.
The saga at Kenya Pipeline is still alive and pending. More than 600 million shillings are said to have been lost. What about the saga at the Irrigation Board? More than 23 billion shillings are still unaccounted for, let us not forget that. As you recover from the World Cup frenzy, don’t forget about the Patel Dam tragedy, more than 40 people, 50 percent of them children, lost their lives. The owner had been arrested but later released on bail.
While you were away in Russia for the World Cup, our students in secondary schools were busy burning down their dormitories and libraries. The Ministry of Education is still confused with the CS issuing threats. The PS Education Ministry had also suggested the introduction of similar uniforms for all schools in Kenya ‘to cut down on costs for parents.’ One of the most useless suggestion to have ever been made by the Ministry of Education anywhere.
And did you know that 20 Members of Parliament, among them senators traveled to Russia to enjoy the World Cup using your taxes? It is said that they used 100 million shillings. They will be coming back soon. “Why should I pay to come and watch World Cup when am an MP?” that was MP Peter Kaluma.