Corruption has grown its roots
16 February 2015, 11:26
Nairobi - Corruption has taken a whole new dimension. Kenya is soon going to be ranked top in corruption across the globe. At the moment, we sit right in the top five pack if not three.
After the promulgation of the constitution, Kenya was on a path shortly so travelled before that it had no actual experience especially on the financial end. Immediately after independence 'majimbo' system was in play for about five or so years.
Present day, this system is labelled 'devolved government system' where counties run mini-governments in the original districts as per 1991. So now the central government gets to trickle down money to these units and they raise funds too through legal means and engaging in gainful activity in the interest of the people of that county.
The recent reports dating back to a year plus from the auditor general and the controller of budget cite financial improprieties and failed revenue collection in comparison to former local authorities' budget of 2011/2012.
At such a rate, county officials in different departments and on separate levels have benefited from public monies contrary to the ethics and anti corruption Act.
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Nothing so far seems to be happening on the investigative end to bring to clarity what exactly is happening. County governments are on a campaign to have more funds devolved and the opposition wing is championing a similar campaign. This means government might not survive two arsenals; it must go down with one. Will the tax payer bear this burden?
Something must be done by the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission. Other mandate includes retrieving stolen public assets from convicted corrupt public officers. That is a mandate that should be executed without fear or favor of any form.
Office of the Director of Public Prosecution should step in and assist in investigations. Processes to find culprits guilty and make them pay need to be hastened. Clean up should start from as far as Golden Berg scandal and further to send a clear message that Kenya is finally cut from the shackles of corruption. That we are a truly transformed nation en route prosperity.
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