24 Sep

poverty baaad

Why do you think the police officers and the G4S Securicor men took away with a whole 25 million? I am sure by now you have all heard or read about that saga that took place at the Yaya centre in Nairobi. I don’t want to repeat what has been making headlines in almost all media houses but the thing is what do you think led to this kind of an act? Obviously poverty – due to very little pay that cannot even meet their basic need.

It is really heart breaking when all the rich want us to abandon the fight against corruption and focus only on poverty as though the two evils are inseparable. Nothing could be further from the truth. We need to understand that poverty results from multiple forms of corruption. These include the corruption of material things as well the corruption of the metaphysical such as the soul and the intellect.

“I strongly believe that Kenya will not develop into a fully functional modern state unless it can cure or minimize the scourge of corruption in all its dimensions.”

poverty n corr

The fight against grand corruption – or theft of public resources by senior government officials – is what Mr. Gitonga is associated with. Undoubtedly, this form of corruption is horrible and directly contributes to the material poverty in Kenya. Any other statement to the contrary is simply false. You do not even need to be a rocket scientist to figure this out. Every public penny that is diverted into a politician’s pocket is a penny less for investment in schools, infrastructure, and social services. Most of our leaders are committed to a tribal citizenship at the expense of the Kenyan nation. This form of corruption is insidious because it brings the country closer to the precipice.

This moral corruption leads to intellectual dishonesty and the poverty of philosophy. Many a Kenyan intellectual is a hireling of some tribal baron Poverty is a symptom of many things, but not a cause of anything. You will most likely end up in a ditch if you fight symptoms instead of actual causes. It’s like the old saying about the love of money being the root of all evil. It is not money that’s the problem. Rather, it is the love of it! One is cause, the other is effect.

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1 Comment

Posted by on September 24, 2009 in Uncategorized



  1. Alan E Masakhalia

    April 13, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    It only God who will help us


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