Attempts by Governor Dr Evans Kidero to stop prominent Luos from being sacked appears Great!
Dr Kidero is quoted saying, “Each of us hails from a specific region and it would be wrong for me to sit back and watch while professionals from my region are mistreated.”
From the event recently One cannot but conclude that there is a concerted effort to bump out Luos from their perch in public service, because of their tribe and not due to their performance. The Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero of CORD has reportedly pleaded the case for two top appointments and advised against perceived hounding of professionals from Luo Nyanza.
Fred Rabong’o from South Nyanza was degazetted as NSSF board member under unclear circumstances.
Only last week, Kidero had to make frantic efforts to reach President Uhuru Kenyatta on short notice after reports that embattled National Social Security Fund (NSSF) Managing Trustee Tom Odongo had been sacked. Sorry, Tom remain sacked pending court decision.
Soon after, the city boss was also pulling strings to preserve the tenure of National Water Conservation and Pipeline Corporation managing director Petronilla Ogut, whom the board of directors wanted shown the door. With regard to Ms Ogut, highly-placed sources indicate that through Kidero’s intervention, she got a six-month reprieve.
Dr Kidero do not bother to intervene for any other Luo. These people should not remain in office one day because of political favours. Actually let the Jubilee government relieve them ALL from their positions it they so wish. Marislav Volf rightly observes that; ” Symbolic exclusion is often a distortion of the other, not simply ignorance about the other; it is a willful misconstruction, not mere failure of knowledge. We demonize and bestialize not because we do not know better, but because we refuse to know what is manifest and choose to know what serves our interests.”
The government has made a statement that is very clear for all to see. This exclusion will sure galvanise a Luo response in Kenya. The commission for national Cohesion and integration should act with the same speed they respond to hate speech for this is within their domain!
Lets remember that during his swearing in, President Uhuru Kenyatta made it clear that, “Achieving peace and strengthening unity will be the goal of my Government…”
And expressing the urgency of this task he said ;’This work begins now. We welcome all Kenyans to hold us to account.’
He lined out his position on how to build this unity this unity:
” Indeed, national unity will only be possible if we deal decisively with some of the issues that continue to hinder our progress. …It will be confirmed when the rights of all citizens are protected through legislation that upholds the spirit of our constitution.”
This very pledge is now in DOUBT. The government has respond to this question :Are Luos Kenyans ?
Canon Francis Omondi
Anglican Church of Kenya
All Saints Cathedral Diocese