|The Kenyan president His Excellency Hon Mwai Kibaki flanked by his Chief of general staff General Jeremiah Kianga.|
Kenyans remember the famous Anglo leasing saga which involved the then finance and defence and security ministers( Mr MWIRARIA and MURUNGARU) who are staunch allies of the president.These two were said to have sanctioned suspect deals involving suspicious military purchases which to date have yet to be resolved.
Soon afterwards the Kenya air force junk purchase story came up.
This has featured in all manner of discussions on blogs across the Internet, news media,and open discussions by Kenyans all over the globe about the merits of this purchase which looked like a good deal but with serious questions as to why Kenya should purchase used second hand fighter jets from Jordan in the first place.
The saga of the pirated soviet made T72 tanks is still fresh in the minds and to date experts believe these tanks were not for Kenya but were on their Way to South Sudan.
To date we have blogs pounding away on the subject which refuses to die out since mid 2008.
More recently the South African sourced military armoured personnel carriers scandal (APC) has come up and this has now lead to the wider public questioning whether our country's military is really up to the task when purchasing hardware using tax payers money or it is simply a conduit for some unscrupulous Wheeler dealers to enrich themselves.
Now is the time the Kenyan government carried a true audit of this kind of activity and also show why since the mid 1990s Kenya has not been very transparent in its military procurement dealings before the press and the newly assertive parliament comes up with more revelations of alleged corruption and suspect public spending scandals from the military or elsewhere within government.
Now is time the Kenyan public procurement system got rid of those middle men who are doing this and instead deal with foreign governments directly when sourcing for expensive military hardware.
Kenya is in a very unstable region where the Kenyan public is under constant threat from terror and indeed Kenya has suffered two or more hits by terror groups,whereby the Kennan authorities cannot afford to be complacent or laid back when it comes to the sensitive nature of security and military procurement activity.
Kenya has a very ambitious neighbour, Uganda who are doing their best to better their military in direct relation to our posture. and have shown signs that they are moving ahead faster than we can match them.
They have the money coming very soon from the recently found oil and gas fields.
Kenya is a front line state on the global war on terror and therefore cannot afford to be cheated and its hard earned money sent to waste by such reportedly suspect military purchases of sub-standard hardware.
This kind of activity nonetheless places Kenya at risk if proven to be true and there fore the military needs to move fast and address these issues quickly rather than dismissing the reports as fabricated.