Quoting President Uhuru Kenyatta “Corruption is now a national disaster in Kenya…” Corruption, whether minor or major, can be very disastrous in the long-run just like we are now reaping the fruits of our reckless officers at the borders, who would promptly allow any foreigner into our Country so long as he/she has a TKK (ask any Kenyan for the meaning).
The latest scandal that has hit the National Youth Service, under the Cabinet Secretary for Devolution, Ann Wambui Waiguru can clearly be termed indirectly as a catalyst for radicalization. Radicalization means any process that rejects or undermines the status quo or reject and/or undermine contemporary ideas and expressions of freedom of choice. But in this article, I am talking about the radicalization of youths into terrorism, crime, homicides, gangs, or any other menace that comes out of hopelessness among the youths.
According to different reports, it has several times been noted that the total amount that has been stolen in NYS is more than the said Sh. 791, 000, 000- it is approximated to be about Sh.1 300, 000,000 or even more. All this is money that was meant to give that energetic Kenyan youth, a job, a hope or rather to keep him busy from being vulnerable of being recruited or tempted to join illegitimate group such as the al shabaab, Mungiki or any other crime-gang.
It has all turned out that our leaders, in as much as they are very vocal when it comes to condemning such groups/gangs; their action seems to be very much in favor of these vices. When our leaders are being mentioned in the NYS mega theft, stealing from the kit that is meant to help that jobless hopeless Kenyan youth, it is a clear sign that they are just full of themselves and very ignorant to say the least. When you deny the youth the opportunity to flourish social-economically, you are just creating a good breeding space for radicalization and also a good reason for joining outlawed gangs or engaging in crime.
Although the Waiguru affidavit has been criticized by many leaders who have been mentioned, DP Ruto aides such as Adan Duale, Deputy leader or Majority in the Senate-Kibchumba Murkomen, Deputy President adviser Farouk Kibet, Finance cabinet Secretary-Henry Rotich among others, it has actually brought out their real hypocrisy. The leader of majority in the National Assembly, Hon. Adan Duale, has been very vocal in countering anyone who tries to tarnish the government or anyone in it. He backed Waiguru, when NYS multi-million theft was revealed by the CORD leader, and now in the bizarre twist of events, he is among the top beneficiaries of the loot. What a shame!
What all these leaders fail to understand is that they are just countering all the efforts by the government and Kenyans at large to curb terrorism, crime and outlawed gangs/groups. When you steal from a youth kit, you are no better than an Al-shabaab, a Mungiki, a robber, a hit man- because you too are endangering the lives of every other Kenyans. And this is even sadder considering the fact that we have not yet overcome the sad memories of our over 100 KDF soldiers were mercilessly slayed in El adde (RIP).