Kenya is too far from winning war on graft, says MP
31 July 2015, 10:30
Nairobi - The Auditor General report that revealed massive wastage of public funds shows how Kenya is too far from winning the war against graft, Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee chairman Nicholas Gumbo has said.
According to Gumbo, all systems have failed to stop the vice that continues to make the country lag behind in development.
“The war on corruption requires collective efforts from all Kenyans. But this has not been the case, meaning that the judiciary, executive, legislature and the people have failed on this war."
He said most corruption scandals have been politicized with the perpetrators claiming that they were being targeted together with their communities.
“Corruption is not a community issue. Corrupt individuals do this to benefit themselves, and not the community, so let them carry their own cross,” Gumbo said.
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He revealed that some staff at the Auditor General office and also some members of PAC had received death threats after the release of the report that revealed that close to KES 67 billion had been embezzled.
Commenting on the report, political analyst Prof. Edward Kisiangani called on the government to hold a referendum to criminalize corruption.
“Corruption should be declared a national disaster. It hinders a lot of development, and a lot of people continue to suffer in the name of corruption. Kenya should criminalize it to have it stopped,” Kisiangani said.
He urged MPs to come up with new ways of fighting the vice, right from top government officials, without fear or favour.
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