“Pontius Pilate Philosophy” On Cabinet Secretary Nominees

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The Uhuruto “Disciples” have been named and to be precise 16 nominated “disciples” (Cabinet Secretaries) awaiting two more. Unlike in the Holy Book where Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit in selecting his 12 disciples, Uhuruto were led by the vast and impeccable credentials of the said nominated “disciples”. Amongst these great men and women who were nominated are the likes of Peter who denied Jesus three times and Judas the Man who betrayed his leader for 30 shillings. Selecting these nominees wasn’t a walk in the park for the two leaders but whichever the case they managed to produce the list and now its time to vet the decision they made of nominating politicians contrary to what they had promised.

When the deputy president announced that the names of the nominated “disciples” will not include any politician, many Kenyans were excited because for the first time in our country, we will experience a historical “deviation” where loyal, corrupt and sycophant colleagues who lost in the general elections will not be rewarded with cabinet positions and hopefully be required to retire from the public lime light. To some of us, it was a very scary statement from the deputy president in lieu of the fact that other two main partners in the jubilee coalition had lost in the just concluded general elections. We were also faced with the stark reality of the existence of the coalition agreement that was deposited at the registrar of political parties.

Before the party ended and the wine had dried up from the wells of public excitements, Uhuruto dropped a bombshell and nominated the two coalition partners as cabinet secretaries one in the Ministry of Mining and the other the Ministry of Land, Housing and Urban Development. The social media was in frenzy, people criticizing the Deputy president of double speak and others saying not only has he taken the role of his predecessor, but also inherited his character. What people didn’t realize is that Uhuruto applied the “Pontius Pilate philosophy”. Allow me to explain this philosophy by quoting the book of Mathew 27:11-24.

11. Meanwhile Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” “Yes, it is as you say.” Jesus replied. ……………………….. 15. Now it was the governor’s custom at the Feast to release a prisoner chosen by the crowd.16. At that time they had a notorious prisoner, called Barabbas. 17). so when the crowd had gathered, Pilate asked them, “which one do you want me to release to you; Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?” 18) For he knew it was out of envy that they had handed Jesus over to him. 19) While Pilate was sited on the judge’s seat, his wife sent him this message;” Don’t have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him.”…………24)  When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility!”

I wish not to engage myself in blasphemy as none of these individuals are innocent as Jesus was. One of them has been mentioned adversely in various reports from corruption to economic crimes. As Pilate’s wife tried to caution her husband, I do believe that was the same thing that Hon. Ruto tried to do in the statement of not including any politician as a cabinet secretary. But as we all know the political settings in Kenya were changed as a result of political leaders not honoring the M.O.U’s that they agree amongst themselves. One of the M.O.U that was not honored was one made by the Former president Kibaki and Raila Odinga after the 2002 elections which resulted to Raila Odinga becoming a rebel within the government. Another was between Raila and the Muslim community that resulted to some Muslim’s protesting led by one of the nominated cabinet secretary Hon. Balala claiming Raila is a traitor.

My point is President Uhuru knew that by nominating Both Balala, Ngilu and the other politicians who were not included; as some awaits Ambassadorial positions and other high profile jobs will not go well with the spirit of what he had promised the Kenyan people during Campaign, but for the sake of the coalition agreement and the next elections, he had no choice but to name these fellows who have been adversely named on corruption. For him, what he has done is wash his hands just as Pilate did and handed over the headache to the Parliamentary Committee on appointment and the National Assembly. Whether they approve the nominee of Hon. Balala or Hon. Ngilu for him he has no debt in regards to the coalition agreements. Over to you Parliamentary committee on appointments, now your Job is either to approve the “Barabbas” or demand for a “Jesus” kind of leaders from Uhuruto.

Article by,

Dennis Mwaniki

Political Scientist

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