Posts Tagged ‘Anticorruption’

#GraftDiaries, that is the number one trending topic in Kenya now among Kenyans on Twitter, #KOT as they are commonly known. Of course this comes after yesterday’s news item on KTN about the corruption allegations that have recently marred members of the national assembly’s committee.


The members have been in the spotlight over political conspiracies to doctor parliaments investigative reports either for rent seeking or shielding their cronies from being mentioned adversely.

Currently Members of the public accounts committee are being investigated by the powers and privileges committee over claims of bribery and extortion to alter sensitive reports or misplace key files.

So just what is ailing this country? Corruption continues to be a disease and the sad thing is the same government that promised to fight it is doing nothing about it.

Vladimir Putin once said, those who fight corruption should first be clean themselves. Is this the case in our dear country? Both the anti-corruption commission and our leaders are only working to satisfy their selfish interests. It is all about ”Scratch my back, I scratch yours”

Corruption is costing us too much as a country, it is bleeding Kenya to death. It is corruption that make terrorists find their way easily into this country, the same corruption makes the cost of living go high, It is killing innocent Kenyans on our roads. This are just among the many ugly things that are happening under the watch of the government, the same government that is supposed to be ensuring there is transparency everywhere.

The Orange Democratic Movement’s national executive committee has now challenged the speaker of the national assembly Justin Muturi to dissolve all committee’s and allow for thorough investigations.As i had indicated in my previous post, the same should be extended to all public offices.

Alan Greenspan also once said, Corruption, embezzlement, fraud, these are all characteristics which exist everywhere. It is regrettably the way human nature functions, whether we like it or not. What successful economies do is keep it to a minimum. No one has ever eliminated any of that stuff, but the Jubillee administration has to prove this point wrong.
In case you missed the KTN news item, here it is
What does the president want us to do to show him that we are indeed tired? His administration is so out of control. It is so bloated and infested with fraud and deceit and corruption and abuse of power. He needs to do something.
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.”