Why I Oppose Westgate Commission of Inquiry
I vehemently oppose President Uhuru Kenyatta's decision to institute a commission of inquiry into the Westgate mall massacre. History shows us Kenyan presidential commissions of inquiries are instituted to cover up the real issues, reward cronies, extort money from the public and protect real culprits.
A few compelling examples suffice, namely; Commission of inquiry into the death of JM Kariuki, Commission of inquiry into mysterious disappearance and death of the late cabinet minister Dr. Robert Ouko, Goldenberg commission of inquiry into the loss of billions of public money and Ndung'u Land Commission of inquiry into land historical injustices.
Other infamous commissions which were formed to inquire lapses in our systems include Kiruki commission of inquiry into mercenary activities in connection with the Artur Brothers, Waki commission of inquiry into post-election violence, Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission of inquiry into Kenya’s darkest past, commission of inquiry into the Baragoi and Tana River Massacres et al.
All these commissions unearthed crucial information. Names of culpable individuals were named. Evidence against wrong doing was adduced. Sadly, nothing tangible came out of it. To date nobody has ever been prosecuted. Our systems remain corrupt, inefficient and deeply rooted in the culture of impunity.
Instead of healing and transforming Kenya, the aforementioned commissions of inquiries inflicted deeper wounds and depleted our fragile economy. Kenyans were left poorer after spending billions of shillings to pay commissioners. This money should have been invested in infrastructure, equipping hospitals and school, and investing into economic activities that can create employment opportunities.
Commissions of inquiries have failed us. Instead of forming more commissions to unearth the obvious, President Uhuru Kenyatta should implement findings of the past commissions. Otherwise findings by the Westgate commission of inquiry will be swept under the carpet as well.
By Jacktone Ambuka | firstname.lastname@example.org
I totally agree that 'Commissions of Inquiry' really do not achieve much. If anything, they do miraculously recommend further investigations into matters that they had been mandated to look into.
The fact of the matter is that the failures, omissions or commission are well documented and the responsible authority (or authorities) have been identified ...leave alone names been penned. So, why further investigations? Do remember one thing though, that the political gravy train has to create jobs (sorry opportunities!) for supporters, cronies, hang-ons etc. This creates the perfect environment.
What happened at the Westgate Mall is well documented and we all know who did what and when. What the Kenya government needs to do is hold all those who were in charge - KDF, Kenya Police , Police Reservists (they are are still there) etc accountable. Let them tell us what they did, how they did it and who was involved (the ranks, commanding status ). Let the heads staring roiling !!
And lastly word to the President ... Kenyans do not trust Commissions of Inquiry and they are a drain to the economy! Period!
Well said Mbugua. It couldnt be said any better than that.