Kenya: Leaving a house on fire to burn down while busy chasing a rat

I beg to be blunt with my stand, but sadly, the truth must be told. Obviously, the West succeeds in imposing their will on Africa simply because the Western governments strongly believe African leaders have a mindset different from that of the Western leaders. Yes, in most cases, the West is convinced they can get away with their inglorious acts in Africa due, largely to, just a simple reason: that African leaders seem to care less about their subjects than the leaders’ personal aggrandizement, and other less relevant issues, which have little benefits for the masses. Well, being able to impose their selfish wishes on Africa, does not, automatically, make an average Westerner smarter than an African. But that stand would definitely, require one to first agree on the meaning of “smartness” or “intelligence.” Regardless, who is smarter or not, the West can confidently defend the argument that they hardly would rather choose to chase after a rat while their house is dangerously burning. Whether the West makes this choice out of selfishness or patriotism is another issue altogether.

On the other hand, that refusal to run after a rat while the whole house is burning is what a very few Africans can proudly say about their countries and leaders. Where does this lead us? Africa should, therefore, accept there are inherent structural problems in their societies that have given the West an edge over Africa as well as armed the West with strong ammunition to castigate, undermine and perpetually mistreat and look down on Africa. Unfortunately, as much as one would like to blame the West for Africa’s woes, refusal to accept blame as an Africa, for the cause of many of your problems, would simply demonstrate Africans’ lack of seriousness and perhaps unwillingness to address those structural problems on the continent, quickly and decisively.

Welcome to Kenya, a lovely country, full of friendly and hardworking people. Despite all the smiles on their faces, ask an average Kenyan what they distaste much about their country, they would all mention corruption on the top of the list, followed by what most Kenyans see as their government’s refusal (not inability) to tackle the corruption cankerworm, which they believe, is eating the social fibre of the country. Recently, while many Kenyans are pointing an accusing finger at the corrupt leaders, whom many citizens believe are stealing billions from the public money and yet walking on the street free, four workers working in a farm owned by Deputy President William Ruto, have been arrested in Kenya on suspicion of stealing of eggs worth about $25 (£19). Of course, I know you are busy trying to adjust your hearing aids or cleaning your ears to understand the said figure. To save your time,  let me repeat the amount: 25 USA dollars. Not 25 million dollars.

Visualize. You can imagine how Kenya’s police and other law enforcement agents must have left everything they were doing and jumping to investigate the “unacceptable “ theft of eggs. Don’t forget this is the deputy President’s case. Yes, overzealous sycophants in the uniform, doing all to please the authority and show the deputy President that they are doing their job well. They would like to demonstrate to the authority their level of professionalism and dedication. So seeing the swift reaction, commitment, dedication, seriousness, professionalism and assumingly, incorrigibility the law enforcement agents have displayed in arresting the thieves behind the about $25 (£19) belonging to the farm owned by Deputy President William Ruto, you feel so let down. So sad. Absolutely discouraged. Terribly disappointed. Not that the law enforcement agents are not doing a good job this time. No, hardly not. You only wonder if Kenya and the rest of Africa would not be an epitome of quintessence and good governance if the same law enforcement agents would show the same amount of dedication, commitment, honesty, professionalism and incorrigibility towards tackling and solving other corruption and criminal cases in the country. One is talking about cases involving billions of dollars meant for social services, which have effectively put the lives of all citizens – including the police and other law enforcement agents –  backwards. Do you have good reasons to blame the West for looking down on Africa or being able to impose their selfish wills on the continent?

According to the police in Nairobi, Kenya, they started their investigation after a manager at the farm in Kenya’s Rift Valley reported about the missing eggs.

Good enough, many Kenyans have on many occasions reported about missing billions of dollars from the government coffer. As usual, the culprits of the crimes are not investigated, talk less touched or prosecuted. That makes many Kenyans wonder if there are two different laws operating in their country – the law for the rich and poor. Now that the police have shown to Kenyans that the law enforcement agents are capable of performing their duties professionally, and with full commitment and dedication, in a case belonging to Deputy President William Ruto, the police must not fail to demonstrate the same positive capabilities in many impending cases of corruption and mismanagement in Kenya. After all, by so doing, billions of the stole money could be recovered for the benefit of all Kenyans, including the police and their future generations to come. The law enforcement agents have no reason to fail Kenyans. Failure to prove this to Kenyans would make many Kenyans believe that their police are simply busy chasing a rat in the house while leaving the house to burn down on fire.