Nyamweya Nyagwencha, Justus
Going down the memory lane, it is not surprising that that those baying for Kimunya’s blood aren’t saints after all. They are wolfs in sheep skins. They have no record of their own to challenge him; there orange in ODM is far from blue but closer to danger and evil.
If the clock will rewind, I wonder how many people will want Gumo and his past. A KANU diehard now orange with a past not credible to challenge anyone not even Onchiri in Nyasike, Matibo village. Find out who Onchiri was now that is late.
Gumo and the ODM group sound devils in this comparison while Kimunya is saint. Not at all. We all know Kimunya. He is not a saint, but and he is a fine man. However, it is absurd that parliament spent a whole business week debating him when urgent issues are pending. This in itself is pure political witch hunting and it is not warranted. But, why is Kimunya the target?
The source of debate that led to Kimunya’s resignation was the sale of a hotel under government receivership. As a minister for finance it is assumed he knew the facts and the deal first hand but didn’t disclose that to parliament. I assume he had other issues to attend to and when parliament requested the sale status, he gave a briefing. Nevertheless, this was after the minster of Lands James Orengo who has already failed at Ardhi house accused him of having corrupt deals on the sale after his Khs.100 million bribe request was denied. He briefed parliamentary about it (the sale) after consulting with the lawyers involved with the attorney general’s approval as a government legal advisor and went on with business as usual. In the wake of events, one thing led to another, having hungered MPs with his proposal to tax there earnings, they promised to hound him out office. Kimunya had to go and he finally did. Which raises the question, who is parliament to stop him from being re-appointed a minister when its members don’t even pay taxes?
Forget parliament; Kimunya should be awarded a medal of honor for running the ministry of finance scandal free for the entire stay at the treasury. The simple mindedness of some western Kenya MPs is just being overstretched here. They approved the sale of government corporations to raise funds for the budget, but want to blame Kimunya for it on top of the hotel issue. How can they?
If it was the sale of the hotel is all that it was then Kimunya is a clean man. The deal was a clean deal regardless of whether it was undervalued or not. If anyone has information that someone gave a better offer and was overlooked, they should blame the entire auctioning team not Kimunya alone. Which leaves the question; what is the driving force behind the Kimunya witch hunt?
The presidency of cause is the driving force. I recall, Dr. W. N. Iraki (X.N Iraki) a professor of the university of Nairobi schools of business’s piece on the standard in the mid 2007 praising his work at the treasury. He predicted Kimunya’s eye of the presidency and further compared his tenure to that of Kibaki; following the footstep of his mentor were his exact words.
Dr. Iraki was genuine on his writing however Kimunya’ enemies were caught unaware of the ambition. He had to go based on the presumption and don’t forget Dr. Iraki is an economist meaning they could be friends; untrue in this case. Thus, attacks ministerial on Kimunya through unnecessary press conferences even from the speaker of the national assembly are not genuine. They are misguided especially the rule banning him from holding a ministerial post is the most mischievous. Even so, it was never signed to law and even if it was; the president has the power to veto it. So what is this business about the president going against parliament?
Hon. Kimunya is a good man and it is unfortunate that Kenyans are willing to send such a fine talented minister to oblivion because of a false statement issued by Orengo when he as failed as minster himself. ODM members’ misinformation about Kimunya should not ruin Kimunya’s career. To this effect, it is evil to misuse parliament to hurt a fine politician just because we don’t agree with him as it seems to happen in this case. As far as corruption and scandals are concerned, they were never a criteria to hold public office in Kenya at any moment; I wonder why Hon. Ruto is a minister for Agriculture after selling the Ngong forest to NSSF and pocketing the money let alone the Prime minster who bought the Kisumu Molasses plant under the table and only God knows how much he paid and through which means; yet the same old activists call those clean deals. Where is the fairness here!
Kenyans are overreacting without facts. Hon. James Orengo misled the public about the same and Kimunya should be left alone. Besides, if corruption was an issue, then start where it begun; with the corrupt ones.
JNN is a graduate student at Auburn University.