By Patrick Lumumba Opondi/Migori County/Kenya
December 17, 2010
But in the wake of the now much debated Occampo’s list, the civil service alleged role featured prominently, with the head of the public service accused to have played a role, through his office to aid criminal activities. Hon Muthaura may have acted within limits of his constitutional authority to stamp mayhem. Either, he overstepped his mandate or he was sucked into the whole issue and played a partisan role. Civil servants are expected to be neutral players in a political process and in case of conflict, as was in 2007, their expert opinion to manage conflict was lacking, if not questionable.
As the country into election and there was a political void in leadership, the weight and burden to manage the affairs of the country fell under the feet of Muthaura. Had he put his weight in the electoral process, not to interfere but to ensure the due process was observed, the ECK could have shown some restraints. Instead, institution from Muthaura’s office to the ECK acted unprofessionally, with malice and arrogance, belittling the intelligence of the Kenyan voters and tax payer’s. There action or lack of it resulted in death, destruction of property and bungled election. There poor show damaged Kenya’s reputation across the world, in return costing the country great loss in earnings.
The police, under General Ali and Commandant Kunuthia Mbuthia of the AP department conduct in my opinion, failed to meet the mark of professionalism. Even with leaked reports that the police had been deployed to various polling areas as agents of PNU with ulterior motives, they hardly acted. Instead, the rubbished the allegations as acts of fabrication. Because their actions already suspect, chaos and death was imminent.
There is no doubt therefore in my mind that the public service, through various commands, stations and organs, acted in a manner suspect. Their action has a link to what we witnessed in January 2008.
The name of our public service has featured prominently, in the recent times, for wrong reasons. There are serious allegations of incompetence, nepotism, tribalism or acts of biasness by those in service. Reports of corruption and drug peddling within government corridors are adding salt to their injury.
It is time for the institution to carry a self audit and fight to redeem its lost glory. The appointing authority too must wake up and realize that appointing individuals for political reasons to serve personal interest is a major undoing to the country, a thing of the past.
For now, Muthaura and Gen Ali must carry the weight and burden of their calling. They must prove to the world, that they acted in the interest of Kenya and not their â€˜masters’.