Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Are we there yet??

A frien of mine raised an interesting point about the state of Kenya's democratic maturity. While discussing the recent events that have unfolded - Saitoti, Murungi and Mwiraria resignations - my compadre observed that the staying power of the Anglo Leasing story and the incessant pressure that has been wrought on the government, are clear signs that things have changed. It would seem that the days when a major controversy would come to light, a commission of inquiry appointed and the story die, are in their twilight.

The staying power of the Anglo Leasing controversy and the unceasing journalistic, political, and civil society pressure, are good signs that our democracy continues to sputter along. Hopefully the pressure shall not cease till we get to the bottom of scandals (note that due to the pressure, we may be able to solve two issues at one go, Goldenberg and Anglo Leasing).

I can only say kudos to all those who have brought these issues to the fro and forced the governemtn to take action, my only hope is that Kenyans shall not rest on their laurels and shall continue to monitor, question and pressure the govenrment to function in an ethical, and competent manner.

The rule of law - that most important of democratic ideals - is around the corner, we are almost there.


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