The Not So Honourable MPs
By ADONGO Moses
A famous dictum states that power corrupts and
absolute power corrupts absolutely. This has been a manifestation of the underworld behavior of our not-so-honorable members of the parliament. The dust has not settled yet on the contentious rejection of Dr Monica Juma as an appointee to the position of the secretary to the cabinet, the lawmakers again shunned policy issues and resorted to private lifestyle during the vetting of the leadership of the Central Bank of Kenya on Tuesday.
In a process that was expected to set the economical agenda for the country, probing the nominated
governor on his philosophies and beliefs, the members of the parliaments’ Finance, Trade and Planning
Committee resorted to seeking to know why nominee for the Central Bank’s governor, Dr Njoroge, was still single at 54 years of age.
One of the committee members even retorted that one of his colleagues had a single sister, insinuating that they had a catch for the nominee, hence the interest in his marital status. The lawmaker was even concerned by Mr. Njoroge’s lack of assests questioning whether he was reluctant to invest or was simply poor.
The gangland behavior the committee members gave an idea about during the interview has left so many Kenyans faulting themselves for the kind of leaders they put in the parliament to represent them. This manifestation has been coupled by other surprising shows, recently including the puzzling rejection of Dr Monica Juma.
The former permanent secretary to the interior ministry fell a victim of slighted MP’s revenge, after allegedly writing a letter to protest over the several trips the
lawmakers made to her office to influence government
appointments and promotions of civil servants. In
democratic nations and those that believe in
administrative principles, the infamous letter should have been considered as part of her credentials during the vetting.
However our MP’s have failed to show their integrity, ethics, professionalism during such vetting, even
putting to question the composition of such
parliamentary committees. It would be prudent for such committees to be composed of professionals who would have the integrity to vet professionals and highly learned persons for various government
positions. The committees should be filled by
individuals with national interests at heart, sweeping personal interests under the carpet when it comes to issues touching on the citizens they represent.
Kenyans should use a better yardstick when electing people to positions of power, people who will excuse the august house of redundant chest thumping, tart
exchange of words, appalling sexual harassments of colleagues, recurrent fights and constant political party and supremacy battles.
It is important to note that nothing deters national growth more than vengeance and the continued thirst to be a conservative political leader.