Nancy Barasas’ tribunal verdict means the war on impunity can be won

Posted: August 7, 2012 in Politics/Current issues

The tribunal appointed by the president to investigate the conduct of deputy chief justice, Nancy Barasa finally gave its verdict yesterday. The tribunal decided that Barasa be stripped of her position as deputy CJ. The tribunal stated that her actions were against the judicial code of conduct and ethics, which provides for people in her position to conduct themselves in a good manner even in their private lives as termed her actions as an act of gross misconduct and misbehavior. Barasa had been accused of threatening a security guard at a shopping mall in Nairobi.

What does this verdict mean to Kenyans and people holding public offices in the government? Fit as one might be to hold that position, how they carry themselves outside really matters. It should also be a warning to those leaders who misuse their positions to threaten the “little fish” thinking they will walk scot free without facing the consequences of their impunitive actions.

It should also send a very comprehensible warning to our leaders that we are living in a new constitutional dispensation where everybody is equal. The constitution provides for equal treatment for everyone despite the position one holds in society. 

When Kenyans overwhelmingly voted in the new constitution, their anticipation was to get rid of vices like impunity, corruption and bad leadership, which had completely taken over the countrys leadership. Times when only the leaders only thought of themselves and got a big chunk of the countrys cake were what we wanted to get rid off. Thank God these provisions have been provided for in the constitution, which allows leaders who abuse their offices through such vices to be removed from public office through their conduct being investigated.

The general elections are fast approaching, set to be held on March 4th 2012, as already confirmed by the courts and these are the type of leaders Kenyans should look out for. The Nancy Barasa tribunal might have opened a window of hope for Kenyans that leaders who practice impunity have no where to run to.

The Interim Independent and Boundaries commission has been given that mandate to vet all candidates before allowing them to vie for public positions. Kenyans are keenly watching to see if the commission will do its work to the citizens’ expectations. The issue of integrity should be of paramount emphasis by the commission during its vetting process, all those people with integrity issues should not be given a chance to vie for any position in the next general elections.    

Focus should now shift to the previous cases of impunity that have gone unpunished. So many leaders in the country continue holding government positions even with so many corruption or impunity related cases under their noses. Everything about these leaders is in the public sphere of influence and Kenyans are still waiting to see what action the government is going to take on these leaders. Despite all these having been forgotten by these leaders due to the high political campaign temperatures being experienced in the country, our leaders, especially the two principals, the president and the prime minister are what Kenyans are looking up to.

Nancy Barasa conduct tribunal verdict just shows that if taken seriously, the war on impunity can indeed be won in the country.

Nixon Kanali, Nairobi



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