Military has lost the nobility sheen

Saturday October 12 2013

Much has been said about Kenya Defence Forces’ conduct during the Westgate siege. I feel betrayed by our forces should the allegations against them be proved true. It is disheartening watching the last bastion of integrity falling to the beast of looting and corruption.

Looting businesses of victims reminds one of the daily incidents on our roads in case of an accident. No Kenyan could relate these ugly occurrences to the military. Our forces had for many years held out as governed by rules and discipline. Not any more.

The military has been accused of corruption in recruitment, political promotions and favouritism. One of the terrorists even accused them of killing children. “Did you spare ours,” retorted a terrorist to a victim beseeching them to spare the young ones. The nobility sheen is lost.

Satirically, we should commend our soldiers for taking the cue and condemn them for taking too long to Kenyanise. Our soldiers are humans with human feelings and challenges. They also aspire to build good houses, send their children to the best schools and generally enjoy satisfying lives. (READ: Military suffers confidence crisis after Westgate siege)

However, the nature of their work confines them to the barracks. And whenever they come home, they are confronted by the economic strides made by people working in other fields; police, schools, lands office, revenue, judiciary, etc, that have put our country on the most corrupt list of the world.

The churches too have invited and laid down the red carpets for public looters expecting financial interventions. In this national moral decadence, why should our soldiers remain behind?

Peter Muiru, Eldoret.