Parliamentary committees are all corruption dens

Posted: March 18, 2015 in Politics/Current issues
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Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee Ababu Namwamba when he appeared before the National Assembly’s Powers and Privileges committee, (Source:Daily Nation)

Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee Ababu Namwamba when he appeared before the National Assembly’s Powers and Privileges committee, (Source:Daily Nation)

The past few weeks has seen some of the biggest corruption scandals being revealed in parliamentary committees. First came the Parliamentary Accounts Committee (PAC). The chairman together with members of the committee have been accused of taking bribes amounting to thousands of shillings. Claims which Namwamba  together with his members are disputing.

Then followed the another revelation during a House committee meeting on Tuesday where MPs argued over claims that some members were bribed Sh60 million to doctor a report on Mumias Sugar.

Agriculture Committee member, John Serut who is also the Mt.Elgon MP and Mr Benjamin Washiali (Mumias East, UDF) almost exchanged blows during the meeting. It all started when Mr Washiali told his colleague to substantiate allegations that 22 committee members had been bribed. Mr Washiali and Lugari MP Ayub Savula insisted that Sh4 million was deposited in the personal bank account of the committee’s chairman, Mr Mohammed Noor at Equity Bank.

How true this allegations are we don’t know. One thing is clear though, parliamentary committees have become money minting machines, collecting bribes to doctor crucial reports. It is not the first time such allegations are being made about these committees. What has the government and anti-corruption body done? Nothing, all it does is issue statements with no action.

According to a story run in the Daily Nation, in the corridors of Parliament, word has been rife that the only reason the storm in PAC blew up was because the members were unable to suppress it and were more determined to remove their chairman. What this means is that the men and women elected to oversee the other arms of government work within this committees making money out of corrupt deals to protect certain interests. This is just so disgusting.

Probably this explains why the anti-corruption commission has prosecuted only three people in three years from the nearly 10,000 complaints it has received.

Already, investigations into allegations of corruption in the Public Accounts Committee has started. This should also be extended to other parliamentary teams.

President Uhuru Kenyatta should be a very worried person with this image being painted of his government. He has been quoted in recent times taking tough about corruption. He has warned that his government was not going to leave any stone unturned on corruption and that leaders found engaging in corruption will face the full arm of the law. Corruption cases however continue to increase each day.

Macharia Gaitho penned down a very interesting opinion piece in the Daily Nation the other day. He said If the President willingly populated his government and political party with characters that cannot pass the integrity test, he will have only himself to blame when corruption entrenches itself in his administration.

”Public statements and executive orders mean nothing unless backed by strong action. Kenyans demand nothing less than the jailing of corrupt individuals, as well as the immediate enforcement of Chapter 6.”


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