During our times at Kenyatta University in the 1980s, we found ourselves doing the same unit with renowned columnist Kwendo Opanga.
We were the only 2 students who got straight ‘A’s in the unit called ‘History of political ideas’ taught by Bathwell Ogot who during our graduation said “I now give you power to go and educate Kenyans on political power, shenanigans and systems”.
Let me try remembering what he said and how it applies to Sonko.
A system that allows a character like Sonko to rise as high as he has done is a system that cannot satisfactorily punish the very Sonko. In fact, this system cannot punish Sonko or anyone with loads of money.
Drug lord Akasha had to be dragged out of Kenya to the USA to face justice. Kenya has no capability to prosecute and jail a lord like Akasha.
It is, therefore, foolish to imagine that Sonko can be jailed, leave alone stay a week in the cells. Here is why.
1. Sonko escaped from jail and rose to be a governor
It can only happen in a failed system of government or state that.. an escaped convict, a known drug baron, a lawbreaker with no known means of making money, or education can manage to get clearance from DCI. get a certificate of good conduct and run to become MP, Senator and eventually Governor of the Capital City. You should read what the New York Times had to say about this.
2. Represented by the parliamentary watchdog committee
A team of 12 lawyers led by senator Mutula Kilonzo, Kipchumba Murkomen, Nelson Havi, Dan Maanzo and Cecil Miller are representing Mike Sonko in a corruption case.
Those names represent the elite, respected and elected leaders who are gatekeepers of the system that runs Kenya. How then can be jailed when the system has sent its own gatekeepers to protect him?
3. Birds of a feather
When you see a group of members of parliament from both from opposition and government, several Senators who are supposed to be watchdogs of public funds, personal aide of the deputy president, Farouk Kibet, come in court as defence counsels and in solidarity with a suspected thief who has stolen billions of our money, know that they all eat from the same pot.
None of these people will defend Wanjiku, they are a system and it is you and I who is being treated to drama.
Sonko once said he got an E in school but today he employees those who got As in school, probably he was referring to the like of Nelson Havi and Murkomen.
He was mocking the system. He was laughing at our education system. He was saying that even the judge in his case who most likely got an A is his employee.
Even me Peter Amunga, with the A I got in the unit of History of political ideas, I am subject to the E that Sonko got at Form Four. Hii ni drama na Video (This is drama and movie).
In a failed system all you do is watch the political circus and pay taxes to keep circus and drama going.
The writer is Peter Kodhek Amunga, he is a teacher and an avid TV and online commentator of topical issues affecting the country. The views expressed in this opinion piece are his and do not necessarily represent the position of TUKO Media Ltd in any way.
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