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Makau Mutua wants the corrupt to be beheaded

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Thomas Sankara, the Burkinabe revolutionary cut down in his prime, renamed Upper Volta Burkina Faso, the Land of Upright Men. Methinks it was the land of Upright Women too. But you get the point – under Sankara’s rule, Burkina Faso would cease to be the land of a thieving, conniving and corrupt elite.

LEGAL-POLITICAL WAR

In Kenya, the administration of Jubilee’s Uhuru Kenyatta has not renamed the country yet. But Mr Kenyatta has made it clear – at least rhetorically – that corruption is Kenya’s most malignant vice. I agree. But talk is cheap. Mr Kenyatta must put his money where his mouth is. He can’t blink, or retreat. The International Criminal Court will be his legacy if he can’t politically guillotine the corrupt.

Corruption in Kenya is not a legal problem. Not by a long shot. It is fundamentally a political problem. One cannot gainsay the utility of the law in fighting corruption. But only a fool would conflate law and politics. The law is a servant of politics, and does only that which politics permits. However, that does not mean that the rule of law, or fidelity to social justice and fairness, must be vitiated by politics. Nyet – the law is inherently political and that is the only reason it is not blind, or impervious, to injustice. So, let us get this straight – the law cannot be apolitical. That is why Mr Kenyatta must wage a legal-political war against the corrupt.

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The arrest this week of Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich and Principal Secretary Kamau Thugge along with the mandarins implicated in the colossal Arror and Kimwarer dams scandal could be a turning point in Mr Kenyatta’s putsch against the corrupt. How his government executes the legal fight to prove Mr Rotich’s culpability will speak volumes about his political gumption. Kenyans want to see the corrupt prosecuted, convicted, and frog-marched to jail. As a law professor – one who is faithful to the rule of law – I believe criminal guilt must be proven beyond reasonable doubt. But the presumption of innocence cannot be the reason to rig the legal system in favour of the corrupt. Legal paganism is the refuge of corrupt scoundrels.

 

All those charged, or indicted for corruption, must leave public office at once. They cannot hold public office while under indictment. Mr Kenyatta has taken the right step in replacing CS Rotich and PS Thugge. Alleged co-conspirators must be sent packing in shame. Mr Kenyatta must sever their bureaucratic heads without pity. They should not merely “step down”. No – they must vacate the public offices they hold without any possibility of return. The correct nomenclature is separation from service – a total guillotine. Public shaming as a prelude to criminal sanction is a powerful signal to the corrupt that the vice has no place in Kenya. The power of demonstration will put oomph in Mr Kenyatta’s futile protests against the corrupt.

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It is nary a secret that the dams scandal that has felled Mr Rotich has already been politicised. Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, the political greenhorn, has already tribalised the criminal investigations into it. His political godfather, the irascible William Ruto – who also serves as the constitutionally independent deputy to Mr Kenyatta – reads a sinister purpose in the fight against corruption. To him, the fight against corruption is only intended to stop him from ascending to State House. As if to emphasise the point, Mr Ruto has insisted on continuing to pour millions of shillings into church coffers every Sunday. He does not care when citizens ask where he gets the money for such massive giveaways, which he euphemistically calls “tithes”.

POLITICAL BLACKMAIL

In Kenya, every senior figure accused of corruption runs to hide under the skirt of the tribe. It is nothing but political blackmail. The sad thing is that it works every time. It is a war chant by those who are guilty. They dare the state to hold their corrupt sons and daughters accountable and bear the consequences. Typically, Mr Kenyatta retreats when confronted with such tribal blather. This is the question – will he blink again? My crystal ball tells me that this time round he will stand his ground and call the bluff of his erstwhile political allies. He has nothing to lose and everything to gain. The time has come for Mr Kenyatta to say enough is enough, and mean it.

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Finally, let me end where I started. I invoked Sankara’s name, the martyr betrayed by his political comrades for raw power.

Politicians often make unpalatable bargains to capture office. Call them Faustian bargains. Mr Kenyatta and Mr Ruto entered into Faustian bargains in 2013 and 2017. That pact has now been put asunder because its raison d’etre has reached obsolescence. Will Mr Kenyatta rise from the ashes of that ignominious pact to leave a legacy that “Upright People” can be proud of? Or will he retreat – again? Will he blink and hand the baton to Mr Ruto?

BY MAKAU MUTUA,  SUNY Distinguished Professor at SUNY Buffalo Law School and Chair of KHRC. Twitter: @makaumutua.

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VIDEO: Shaffie Weru now joins K24

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Less than a month after it was reported that Shaffie Weru had joined Homeboyz Radio as programmes controller, the Veteran radio presenter has Joined K24 TV.

Weru was received in the K24 News studios by Betty Kyallo on Friday night following the new Station face launch earlier in the day.

Weru worked at Radio Africa for 14 years co-presenting the Big Breakfast show with Kalekye Mumo and lately Adelle Onyango before the latter quit last month to pursue personal interests.

 

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We are seeking an experienced Business Manager to lead and oversee the work of employees in our Optiven Construction company.  The eligible person will be responsible for ensuring the efficiency of business operations as well as setting strategic goals for the future.

Optiven Construction Company is based in Kitengela, Namanga Road, Acacia Junction, we are known to be the leading manufacturing company in construction items majorly Cabros, Hollow Blocks, Paving Slabs, Road Channels, Road Kerbs, Wall Copings, Culverts, Louvers, Fencing poles and many others.

The successful candidate will be a competent leader able to provide guidance that enhances performance in a manner which incorporates the company’s vision and culture. The goal will be to ensure the profitability of our company’s activities to drive sustainable development and long-term success.

Reporting to: Company Directors.
Location: Kitengela

Duties and Responsibilities

Business Development & Marketing

  • Developing business management goals and objectives that lead to growth and prosperity.
  • Designing and implementing business plans and strategies to promote the attainment of goals.
  • Maximizing new business development opportunities for the organization.
  • Gathering, analyzing and interpreting external and internal data and write reports.
  • Coordinating activities that affect operational decisions and business requirements.
  • Representing the company in meetings and events i.e. exhibitions, conferences, Activations and other construction or real estate projects.
  • Identifying and targeting areas in which a business can improve operation
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Procurement Management

  • Maintaining relationships with vendors & suppliers.
  • Participating in purchases of materials and services required for production.
  • Ensuring effective purchases of raw materials without compromising quality & with price sensitivity.
  • Ensuring that the company has the adequate and suitable resources to complete its activities (e.g. material, equipment etc.)
  • Sourcing for bids and tenders & coordinating with internal departments for Supply.
  • Proposing the best technical and economic solutions (quality, cost & deadlines)
  • Communicating any changes in the order or delivery date to relevant parties.

Financial Management

  • Assessing overall company financial performance and report on daily sales and production.
  • Monitoring revenue margins, maximizing revenue through innovative sales practices and yield management programs.
  • Preparing financial projections, reports and targets and reporting to the directors on a Monthly at times weekly basis.
  • Advising management on financial related matters.

People Management

  • Ensuring adherence to legal rules and guidelines.
  • Determining hiring needs, overseeing assignment of employees and planning staff development.
  • Overseeing employees’ productivity.
  • Organizing and coordinating operations in ways that ensure maximum productivity.
  • Supervising the work of employees and provide feedback and counsel to improve efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Motivating, mentoring and providing direction to the team

Customer Relationship Management

  • Be fully conversant with the commercial and technical requirements of customers.
  • Discussing monthly customer complaint reports with the management and offer solutions.
  • Meeting existing and potential clients, identifying and gathering their specific needs at an early stage.
  • Securing the relationship with the clients until the achievement of their projects.
  • Be the face of company and day to day point of contact with clients in all regions.
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Requirements: – Abilities, Knowledge and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Business Administration, Accounting, Finance, Economics or Civil engineering.
  • Great Exposure to Sales and Marketing Initiatives
  • Strong communication, organizational, presentation and negotiation skills
  • Ability to take ownership, working independently and meeting deadlines
  • Possess personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and commitment to company mission
  •  Ability to engage and motivate others.
  • Strong reporting skills.
  • Excellent in developing customer relationships and customer service
  • Professionalism, high level of maturity, good character with positive values

Applicants who meet the above criteria are required to send their applications torecruitment@optiven.co.ke with “BUSINESS MANAGER” being the subject of the email and with detailed CV,names & addresses of three referees.  Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Note: We do not charge any fee for recruitment.

 

 

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VIDEO & PHOTOS: Vera Sidika steals the show with bare bottoms at Tanasha’s baby shower

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Kenyan socialite Vera Sidika stole the show at Diamond Platinumz and Tanasha Donna’s baby shower after showing up skimpily dressed.

The well-endowed socialite was the center of attention at the event, after leaving little to imagination. Vera arrived donning a skimpy outfit of a white bikini combined with a see-me-through fish net and sandals.

Many of the guests at the only invite event appeared distracted every time their eyes caught the glimpse of the Kenyan damsel who was accompanied by her Tanzanian boyfriend Jimmy Chansa.

Video and photos of Sidika’s outfit soon went viral on social media with many castigating her wardrobe choice.

Tanasha Donna

When Vera got a chance to speak at the red carpet, she said she turned up to support her “sister” whom she has known for half a decade now.

FIVE YEARS

“I have known Tnasha for about five  years now and she is my Kenyan sister and when she said you have to come to my shower I said yes. And she being a first time mother I wish her well and I know Diamond and her mother are very supportive,” said Vera.

For years, Vera has maintained cordial relationship with Diamond and hardly misses his events.

Vera once hosted a bikini party organized by Diamond, when the singer was dating Uganda socialite Zari Hassan.

by Nairobi News

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