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Kenya lacks equitable justice

18 February 2015, 10:24 Paul Orodi

Nairobi - Societies are established upon various platforms. The most important platform is usually the rule of law.
When a society observes the law in equality without any fear or favour, there is order, progress, development and unprecedented cohesion levels.

People tend to crave for equitable justice and when this is not achieved, cracks appear within the societal sheet.

Western nations have been embarrassing the law in a very unique manner. They consider all persons equal regardless of social status, economic status or political status as they are governed by the same law.

Politicians and renowned businessmen have been brought to their knees for crimes as small as engaging in indecent behaviour. A good example is the former IMF director; Dominique Strauss who fell from grace simply because he coerced a maid in a New York hotel some years ago.

Swing your focus back to Africa and things aren't the same. A focus on Kenya reveals that the rule of law does not apply evenly across society. The law is usually applied depending on your social, political and economic status.

Political leaders have been caught with their pants down having stolen public assets. It went as far as being recorded by former Ethics PS; John Githongo but no action has ever been taken. In fact, the number one witness ended up in exile for fear of his life.

Land grabbers are known in black and white yet the office of the Public Prosecutor does not do anything to set precedent. Political leaders, businesspersons and social leaders have been named in more than a dozen reports even as the DPP claims that his office is waiting for evidence.

Murders have been committed by senior persons connected to the financial, political and social circles and they go unpunished. Hitmen are hired and assassinations carried out in cold blood but no person is brought to book simply because they have the connections to kill investigations.

Hate speech is another serious crime being committed especially by the influential people. Members of Parliament have been on record as having incited the public and used hateful remarks during public addresses and even on social media but no prosecution has been made. A simple university student airs his views on the president and he gets a jail term.

Human beings are always ready to react especially when equity elopes through the window. A good example is in the book 'Animal Farm' which depicts a country and its people as a farm of animals. When equality was no longer present, the animals revolted against the farm owners and when the pigs became untouchable they were also ejected.

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