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BY FIDEL
WANGAI
Kenya is an animal farm where all are equal but some
are more equal than others. It is frustrating that you
can only get fair treatment based on who you know
or how much cash you are ready to part with.
Events in the recent past are evidence enough that
unless you are rich or have well-connected
godfathers, you are nothing and nobody cares about
you. We are not one. Do not be fooled. That was a
mere con game to get you to use the little that you
have on those who have more than you do. Look at
Westgate. As you trooped to centres to donate your
blood (which later went to waste) and transferred
your little money for the rich, Kenya Defence Forces
was stealing.
Even after CCTV footage confirmed the looting, KDF’s
godfathers defended it, daring anybody with
evidence to the contrary to present it, never mind
they had cordoned off the mall to loot uninterrupted.
On the other hand, a police officer was rushed to
court on allegations of being found with a blood-
stained wallet from Westgate. A mortuary attendant
was arrested on allegation of stealing a gold watch
from somebody’s nephew.
What action, if any, did the government take against
the KDF soldiers who looted Westgate? After the
media exposed the uniformed men walking out with
loaded paper bags, the military godfathers offered
another denial; they only stole water. Stealing is
taking what belongs to another, with no legal
authority, or permission, irrespective of what it is. Of
the several soldiers who stole ‘water’ from Nakumatt,
only three faced ‘disciplinary action’ according to
General Julius Karangi.
Ironically, a soldier and his wife were arrested in
Nakuru trying to sell suspected Westgate loot.
Moving on, for the rich Westgate victims, the
government deployed Regular Police, the GSU, Recce
Squad, CID, Flying Squad, AP, KDF, foreign agents,
police dogs, armoured military vehicles, helicopters,
ambulances, firefighters while Secretaries Lenku and
Omamo oversaw the operation. Meanwhile in Baragoi
there is renewed cattle rustling and killing of
Kenyans. Do these cattle and rustlers disappear into
thin air? Where are the troops and choppers? Is it
that the government cannot pursue these bandits
with the same zeal witnessed at Westgate?
Must an influential person’s relative be a victim for
the powers that be to dispatch all their arsenal and
personnel? Remember the more than 40 police
officers killed in November 2012? Oh no, those are
‘insignificant’ Kenyans. Kenyan police are a forgotten
lot. Misused then dumped like toilet paper. They will
be called in to harass unarmed demonstrators
protesting against salary increase by the lawmakers.
Ironically, the lawmakers have no concern for the
welfare of law enforcers. We had a case of an MP in
Nakuru assaulting a woman traffic officer.
No uproar from Fida and other civil society groups.
But when Gladys Shollei was touched, all forms of
mourners crawled out from under their rocks; from
Fida to politicians from her home area. If you thought
police officers are victims of discrimination from
external quarters alone, think again. It is an open
secret that you get treated or mistreated within the
ranks depending on who you know or how much you
have. Promotions, transfers and disciplinary action or
inaction is manipulated. I am living proof that with
nobody in the high offices or money in your hands,
your proceedings will be harsh, unfair and
unreasonably delayed.
The state intends to use the money they tax us to
death to erect a monument in memory of Westgate
victims. Not that I hate them, but where is the
monument for the Sinai fire and Baragoi victims? Are
we one? And on matters ICC, Parliament reconvened
prematurely to debate the ‘urgent’ matter of
withdrawing from the Rome Statute at a time when
the prices of basic commodities had skyrocketed
owing to increased VAT.
At a time when many Kenyans could barely afford
essentials, our lawmakers felt that cases that have
been at the ICC since 2008 deserved emergency
handling since they involved the influential. Is
anybody concerned about the poor thousands who
lost their lives, got injured, lost property and ended
up going hungry, getting sick and dying in
dilapidated tents? The way I see it, these victims
have a snowball’s chance in hell of ever getting
justice. So next time you are tempted to hate a
human being from the other tribe, remember this:
a) During the campaign periods we are 42.
b) When the rich are hit below the belt we are one.
c) All these other times we are two; the filthy rich
and the miserable poor.
The influential few and the insignificant many.

Fidel Wangai is a blogger who writes on Kenya’s current
affairs.

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