Major General Michael Gichangi: Head of the NSIS
“Idealism is fine, but as it approaches reality, the costs become prohibitive” – William F. Buckley
I know the idealists are still talking about things like peace and justice and they’re all waiting for Kibaki to resign and all that, but I am going to move on from these pie in sky ideals because I’ve pretty much concluded that Kibaki will not resign until 2012.
The events in the Rift Valley that routed five hundred thousand people from their land within a matter of two days tells us that it was pre-planned. However, it also tells us something else: That there was a failure by the intelligence services. The head of Kenya’s intelligence services (The NSIS) is Major General Michael Gichangi. He should have known that an operation of this kind was being planned. The website says he was appointed in 2004. He’s been there 3 years, what has he been doing?
The NSIS website also says that the organiizations main objective is to : “to identify and report on threats to the security of the State”. It doesn’t say whether these threats are internal threats or external threats, but I’m going to assume that they are both. In light of this humongous intelligence failure, which has resulted in the death and displacement of thousands, I’m also going to assume that this man is probably on his way out (to be replaced of course with either a Kikuyu or a Mkamba).
How did he miss this?
And why would Kibaki make Saitoti the new minister of internal security? This guy doesn’t appear to be a hardcore politician like Michuki. Saitoti is a nerd! A former Math professor at the University of Nairobi who was ushered out of obscurity of the ivory tower and into the rough and tumble world of Kenyan politics. Does this man have the spine to be the minister of internal security?