Impunity is hindering equality in serving justice
28 January 2015, 21:28
Nairobi - Impunity is a trait that Kenyan leaders display day in day out. A certain scene might create a frenzy among public but at the end of the day it dies out and normalcy resumes.
Most recent act of impunity and self aggrandizement was displayed by a member of parliament from the government side. He was at Gilgil weighbridge and he decided not to humble himself and abide by the same law he created.
Accompanied by a nominated MP, the vocal URP MP uttered words that shocked the whole nation: "...we make the laws and we can break them..."
That is just a sample of the statements he made. It was an embarrassment to the August House and his constituents.
Whether the police officers and transport officials were asking for bribes or not is not the issue. There are laws to be followed whether you make them, implement them or simply wait for their formation. Everyone according to the constitution is under the law irrespective of your office, social status or economic class.
What the two MPs portrayed to the public by their behaviour is that equality is far from being achieved in the legal realm; some people are above the law and others just have to follow the law without any say.
To the government, it is a shame to have such MPs allied to it. They have set a bad precedent for future generations. This only sends a message that impunity is far from being quashed.
The ethics body that is supposed to tackle such uncouth behaviour has summoned them to record statements. However, this has been the case ever since the constitution was enacted. No solid case has ever be lodged against members of parliament sending a negative signal to the society.
It seems like being an MP makes one untouchable by law or its enforcers. Corruption cases, ethics cases, morality issues have gone unresolved simply because the culprit is a governor, senator, MP or senior government official.
If we are to change this country for the better, we need equity in the legal and justice realms. We need prosecution of all culprits irrespective of political standing, office held or closeness to the house on the hill.
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