Noordin Haji: New sheriff in town making the high, mighty wet pants

DPP Nordin Haji [Photo: George Njunge]

The Director of Public Prosecutions is a young man in a hurry. And the corrupt geriatrics that have misruled Kenya for half a century are scared out of their wits.

Noordin Haji, Kenya’s brand-new face in the fight against graft, is clearly not a man to be taken lightly.

He promised, during his interview, to take on all adversaries in the fight against graft – and he’s so far been true to his word.

We are not allowed to comment on specific cases currently under consideration before the courts, but his investigations are unearthing a trail of graft so long and so putrid that one fervently hopes the foul stench of high-level corruption does not choke him before his job is done.

We’ve been here before, of course. Before Haji, there was John Githongo – a man so clean and determined to fight corruption that the networks of graft decided he had to be roped into the inner circles of sleaze.

He was quickly co-opted into government, and the fat cats and tenderpreneurs swiftly lobbed all manner of sweeteners at him.

But he was already sweet enough on his own and wouldn’t bite. Frustrated, the thieves hounded him into exile, and the flame he had lit in the fight against corruption weakened and almost died.

Until now. With every senior politician, judge, civil servant and career thief on notice, Noordin Haji has breathed new life into Kenyan hopes for good governance.

It sounds a silly thing to say, but sometimes a society needs just one good person to galvanise the rest against a parasite class.

Our politicians have mastered the evil arts of fooling us with ethnic blandishments and pointless tribal grandstanding, and we have for long swallowed their nonsense hook, line and sinker.

In the messy ethnic rivalry that they’ve stirred up, it has so far been impossible for anyone to focus on what really is wrong with the country: the parasitic political class and their thieving ways.

Getting rid of this class via the ballot box has so far been impossible: they bribe, steal, murder and rig their way back into political positions no matter what we do and how badly we want them gone.

But Mr Haji has his sights keenly set on the Archilles’ Heel of the Kenyan kleptocracy: their stealing. In their hurry and greed to steal as much as they can as quickly as possible, the politicians, judges and other national miscreants neglected to cover their tracks.

The spoor is fresh, the scent is strong, and the hounds of prosecution that Mr Haji has unleashed on the trail of our stolen money will not be distracted.

It’s true we have had our hopes dashed before, when one saviour and then another fell by the wayside. But one can tell a chick that will grow into a cock the day it’s born.

And in the new DPP, Kenya at last has someone who believes in fighting corruption, promises to fight corruption, and actually fights corruption.

The fat thieves who thought he would be “just one of the boys” once he got into office are still trying to recover from their rude awakening. Godspeed, Mr Haji. Nail them all. And then, sometime soon, we shall make you president – surely that can’t be far off?