suggests that the contracted Company has questionable credentials, and the project cost is unclear and inflated. Given the whiff of irregularity, it is our submission that it would be prudent to immediately terminate the current process, and begin a transparent process afresh, so as to ensure efficiency and value for money.
Your Excellency’s administration took office on the promise of
making a break from what
you described as the ‘analog’ past to embrace a new ‘digital’ future with zero tolerance for
Corruption. It is therefore worrying that under your watch a possible scandal of gigantic proportions is consolidating the widespread perception that every Kenyan President must
as a way of ‘initiation’ into Office, preside over a mega corruption scandal that costs
Kenyans dearly. These perceptions are easily tribalised and politicized in a manner that may make governance more difficult, to the detriment of the Country. We therefore respectfully urge your Excellency to immediately suspend the project and to make all documents germane to the Railway Contract public for scrutiny. This, in our view,
will enhance your stature and spare you history’s indictment.
Cost of Living
The age old adage is that, ‘a hungry man is an angry man’. Indeed, in the last few days we
have seen Kenyans vent their anger in the streets of Mombasa, Meru, Thika, Machakos, Nairobi and many more will come because of a sense of despondency. Taxation measures designed to raise money without due regard to the already unbearable cost of living will only exacerbate the situation. While we respect and even admire
your administration’s desire to sustain the Country on a
rapid growth trajectory, we urge you to keep public servants on a short leash and to reign in your Government officials from engaging in corrupt practices and arrant profligacy amidst sorrow and want of the majority of the Population. In the recent past, we have seen the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Supremo, whom we respect in town. If history is a good teacher, we learn from her that the long-term health of our nation not only requires but demands that we wean ourselves off the IMF, which has a history of capturing Government policy and prescribing unpalatable solutions.
Each and every Kenyan is mindful of the rampant insecurity that continues to plague every corner of our Nation. No-one, regardless of their station in society is exempted from the vagaries of the opportunistic criminal such as theft, carjacking, & robbery, or horrific atrocities such as that which unfolded at Westgate last September. That senior police officers are currently undergoing vetting is positive, and indicative of
your administration’s cognizance of the reforms required in the security sector to improve
the capacity of the Police to provide security to all Kenyans, across the country. We are also sensiti
ve to the fact, however, that the Police is one of our ‘disciplined forces’. As such