Kenya’s history is fraught with incidents of many unresolved political assassinations. As such, I would be very hesitant to dismiss a claim as grave as the one alleged by the deputy President. And I believe, it is in the greater interest of the country, that this is expeditiously investigated and resolved.
In my understanding of government, the President and senior Government officials face threats to their personal security daily. Some credible, some red herrings. I understand that most of these threats are processed in silence. In fact, I have zero recollection of ever hearing an announcement of a threat against say the President, even one that was thwarted. And I believe this is by design. Because by publicly broadcasting such, you easily hand the public a poisoned chalice.
The public nature of these claims, and sharing of letters purportedly written to the President, alleging assassination plots is one of the most careless occurrences yet, but not the only one.
In any case, this has now become a country where phone calls between leaders are recorded and used for blackmail and character assassination. Private conversations where the public is not involved are brought to the fore without regard to basic decency. Essentially, there is no thread of trust that can hold a friendship, leave alone a government together.
It appears to me impossible, that a cabinet can hold in view of such grave allegations. It also appears to me, that the DCI now has a public duty to process this case with as much transparency and notice to the general public as possible.
Because as a citizen I was treated to a spectacle of a cabinet secretary going to DCI to record a statement. Because as a Citizen, I was treated to an unauthenticated letter addressed to the President. I am also entitled to know, publicly if that letter is authenticated or not.
Because the Deputy President called the DCI to notify them of this threat, he equally must be obligated to record a formal statement, so that this matter is processed according to the law.
The President equally owes the nation a duty, to come clear and confirm if any of his cabinet secretaries indeed called him, and if he indeed advised that the allegations be put in writing. This crisis of trust is not just threatening his government, it is threatening the very co-existence of Kenyans as a people.
The President has at his disposal adequate intelligence to know by now, whether these claims are noise or bear truth. Where they carry any truth, he must as a matter of urgency relinquish all involved off their responsibilities, and hold the accountable to the fullest extend. Where they bear no truth, he must equally and unequivocally tell the nation so. And hold the authors of this narrative to firm accountability. This should not be treated just as another public stunt. It should not be treated just like another political gimmick.
The Government and our political leaders must take the business of governance seriously.