The Luo community have once again demonstrated political maturity by asking one of their own son Dr Evans Kidero who was caught up in the ongoing corruption purge to carry his own cross and face the full wrath of the law.
In the past, every time such senior leaders are arrested on different cases, the accused leaders would go back to their respective communities and incite the locals with claims that their community is “unfairly being targeted”.
For instance, ever since the corruption purge began following the famous handshake on March 9th, William Ruto allies have been jumping from one function to another crying foul that the whole process is targeted to the Deputy President.Since the Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji charged several suspects in the National Youth Service (NYS) scandal and Kenya Pipeline, the lieutenants of the Deputy President grew jittery, even holding meetings to interrogate the import of what some of them believe is a witchhunt, feeling they are unfairly being targeted.
The MPs, mostly from the DP’s Rift Valley backyard were reported to be plotting an all-out political battle against President Uhuru Kenyatta whom they blame for what they call a plot to derail Mr Ruto’s 2022 presidential ambitions. In their meetings mostly held at Ruto’s Weston Hotel, The Mps are quoted on several media houses vowing to hit back in the event the corruption purge knocks at DP Ruto’s door.
In other cases, we have witnessed Nyeri residents early this year holding demonstrations protesting the arrest of former CS Michael Kamau over KSh 33 million graft, a move that met an immediate rejection by President Uhuru Kenyatta who warned leaders against hiding behind their communities to steal public funds.
The Former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero was arrested at a Nairobi Hotel by EACC detectives over graft claims; officials said he’ll be charged alongside 7 others after receiving information concerning alleged criminal activities involving Nairobi City County Government officials touching on the mismanagement and embezzlement of Public funds.
To this end, the Luo community have been widely celebrated for being true to themselves and standing for what is right. After the all powerful former Nairobi governor was arrested over corruption, the Luo generally remained calm, and most of them actually celebrated the arrest of the besieged former Nairobi Governor, saying its a good step in war against graft.
The Following were some of the top reactions:
The Luo have once again demonstrated their political maturity …Luos always agitate for National Good .. Tomorrow, when a Kisii or Kalenjin or Kikuyu or Luhya is arrested for corruption, the tribe must support the arrests .. Thieves steal & eat alone no matter how high or rich.
— Donald B Kipkorir (@DonaldBKipkorir) August 8, 2018
Let Dr. Evans Kidero fall. Whenever I drive home and hit potholes, because the City Hall he patronized stole public funds and cared less for citizens of Nairobi, I can’t stand him. @MikeSonko do something on #LuckySummerRoad sir!
— D I K E M B E (@Disembe) August 8, 2018
Luos are a special community the stand for what is right. They are a rare breed of God's creatures. Interesting how they're celebrating the arrest of one Evans Kidero by EACC . There's no talk of "our community is being targeted" as would be the expectation from some quarters.
— Kenyan Parrot🇰🇪 (@TheParrotKE) August 8, 2018
Now that Evans Kidero has been arrested you won't hear any complains from anyone but what until someone from the Rift Valley is arrested and the likes of Murkomen will be there saying how their tribe is being targeted as if they loot for the community.
— cleophas muthama (@CleophasMuthama) August 8, 2018
Evans Kidero has been arrested and I don't see Luos shouting they are being targeted. Not even Luo legislators including the ones he stole with.
There's no tribe in corruption.
— King Fred Asira (@FredAsira) August 8, 2018
Dear ordinary Kalenjins and Kikuyus,
I've not heard Luos or Nairobians say they are being finished, post Kidero arrest.
Looters don't loot for you. They loot for themselves.
— Evans Kinyua (@EvansKinyua17) August 8, 2018
The war on corruption is welcome until it knocks at the doors of certain ethnicities. We shall be treated to "mtu wetu" choruses. I like how onagi has reacted to the arrest of Kidero. It's actually good news to Luos
— nyandiga (@nyandiga001) August 8, 2018
I love Luos. They are happy Kidero is arrested. Niliona maandamano wakati Waiguru alienda kuandikisha statement.
— Real Nick Lee (@RealNickLeeKe) August 9, 2018
EVANS KIDERO has been arrested, JOY GWENDO was also charged and you can see how LUOs are allowing the law to take its course, wait till someone from RIFT VALLEY is named in a corruption scandal wueh!!!! the fiery press conferences that will be called wacha tu!
— Typical Nairobian 🇰🇪 (@Typical_Nrobian) August 9, 2018
EACC officials have arrested Former Nairobi Governor, Dr. Evans Odhiambo Kidero. Luos have quietly said, carry your cross Daktari.
Those other fools who talk of 'mtu wetu' should learn from this or else you better go back to your villages & do what you do best. pic.twitter.com/7qoWpzdgMs
— James Mutinda (@JMutinda_snr) August 8, 2018