By Prof. Nyamweya Nyagwencha, Justus
The Ombudsman report accusing Gusii nobles of grabbing Kisii market plots that appeared in the Wednesday, October 22, 2014 dailies is satirical and must be condemned. Such dishonest fabrications targeting honorable people have no place in today’s society. It is a shame that good men the likes of Prof. Sam Ongeri, the late Samson Nyambati Nyamweya and the late cabinet Minister Zachary Onyonga are targeted unfairly while those that deserve condemnation are praised with accolades.
The daily nation article by Kilonzo which purports that the Prof. Sam Ongeri, the late cabinet minister Zachary Onyanka and late Samson Nyambati Nyamweya grabbed land in Kisii town is pure malice and lacks basis regardless of the many excuses given Mr. Odongo on how the “accused” did not honor injunctions to clear their names. Let us set the report straight on the misnomer of the Gusii community squires.
First and foremost, Prof Ongeri supposedly grabbed the land in question in 1982 while serving as minister of local government. But truth be told, Prof Sam Ongeri did not join politics until 1988 when he resigned as professor of medicine from the University of Nairobi. Just going by that alone, it is crystal clear that the report was authored to soil the good professor’s reputation coincidently a replication previous occasions where he was accused of corruption and yet no one came out with incriminating evidence. Let us be true to ourselves, the good professor is a man of integrity and a good politician who deserves better. Before publishing spiteful fabricated material as it appears herein, concrete evidence should be availed lacking in this matter. In fact, it is public knowledge that Professor Ongeri has no record of larceny. He has erroneously been accused of wrongs i.e. misappropriation of the free primary school funds in past, but was cleared when a thorough investigation revealed no wrong doing on his part. Hence, such malicious publications should be condemned and ignored to preserve the good old professor’s good name as a man of the people with a clean public service record unless you have concrete evidence to prove otherwise.
What about the other patricians of the Gusii community accused of the same sin? Here is my defense.
The late Samson Nyambati Nyamweya was born in Kisii town, grew up in the same city and was a man of integrity. It appalling to have his name dragged into land grabbing issues by the Ombudsman despite his stellar record as public servant in his long well lived life. While I read pure mischievous political undertones in the report, it is important to set the record straight about the late Samson Nyambati Nyamweya’s tenure as a Kisii Town Clerk and beyond. The late Samson Nyambati is a legend of Kisii town, born and bred at Nyanchwa 100 years ago; although they moved here from gesere in the early 1910s we could has well, conclude he was born and bred in Kisii town. If land grabbing was his mission, he had 50 years before independence to do so, since he was 50 years old at independence. Land was free in Kisii town then. In all those years, he was not accused of any corrupt deals whatsoever till now.
Thus, this report soils the name of one of the most respected leaders in the Gusii community and a patriarch of the Maobe family. Whereas my hero Simion Nyachae’s name on such report could not be a jolt, am dazed reading the late Samson Nyambati Nyamweya’s. Simion Nyachae is being a legal land owner and a wealthy businessman with sizable land in Kisii town and it envisions, thus his estate sets the stage for proliferation of such denunciations from his detractors; the inclusion of late Nyambati Nyamweya, Samson’s name is an incongruity.
Subsequently, who are the beneficiaries of the KARI land that has been allocated to a few individuals hiding behind people from Nyeri and Kiambu while on the same land issues? Just wondering?
Without entering into speculation about the KARI land grabbers, it is in our moral devotion that this report should not be released to the public domain without through investigations otherwise it warrants condemnation. Looking at the article in one of the dailies it is clear that someone is after some political scores by reading “The report’s findings spectacle Prof. Ongeri, acquired the plot in 1982 while he was Minister of Local Government but has not been able to develop the plot due to public resistance”. This lacks decorum on its legitimacy time wise. The mentioning of the late cabinet minister Dr. Zachary Onyonga who passed away in the late 1990s seals the deal of political malevolence aimed at his son’s (Momoima) political ambitions in the greater Gusii.
What next after such fabricated innuendos on the patriarchs of the Gusii community?
The only excuse why Prof. Ongeri’s name was included in the report is that he did not honor subpoenas by the Ombudsman. For crying out loud, the great professor is a UNEP ambassador and has an office which can be contacted when such arises. Is that invisible to the Ombudsman? Prof. Ongeri deserves an apology otherwise, we urge his supporters to agitate for such in whichever way that can yield better results. On the late Samson Nyambati Nyamweya and the late Dr. Zachary Onyonga, it is proper to wonder whether they were summed beyond the grave! The Ombudsman must demonstrate fully that he made contacts the immediate family members like Ambassador Peter Nyamweya or former MP George Nyamweya and others from the Maobe family in attempt to clear the late Samson Nyambati Nyamweya’s name without success boefere going to the press; otherwise he owes us an apology likewise to the Onyangas for fighting the departed family members beyond the grave.
To you Ombudsman!
Nyamweya Nyagwencha, Justus, is an assistant professor at Hampton University and holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science & Software Engineering from Auburn University, the Agricultural and Mechanical Polytechnic and State University of Alabama.