MPs to launch anti-corruption oversight caucus
07 May 2015, 14:33
Nairobi – Two MPs are set to launch a caucus that aims at championing the fight against corruption in the country following the suspension of the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC) commissioners due to internal conflicts.
The legislators, Opiyo Wandayi (Ugunja) and Priscillah Nyokabi (Nyeri County) said the caucus, dubbed 'Kenya Chapter of the African Parliamentarians Network against Corruption' (APNAC- Kenya Chapter) intends to review the EACC Act and the constitutional Leadership and Integrity Act to ensure appointees and those elected to hold public offices have not engaged in corruption.
“As per now, the law is not clear how an elected leader implicated in corruption can step aside to allow for investigations. Also, there is need to review the EACC Act to either increase the number of commissioners to avoid the current situation of dealing with corruption cases while the three commissioners are out of office,” said Wandayi.
He reiterated that APNAC - Kenya Chapter will also review and spearhead amendment of the Election Act to link it with the accountability and integrity to ensure the empowered and independent anti-corruption commission equally brings to book senior-most and junior public servants implicated in corruption.
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Nyokabi said EACC has been suffering from disbandment threat once it carries out investigations on mega-scandals where senior-most government officials are involved.
“APNAC will re-look into all organs of the government including the Executive, Judiciary and the Legislature and we hereby reaffirm our unwavering commitment in the fight against corruption in the country, regionally and globally,” said Nyokabi.
Nyokabi said the Kenyan caucus will work collaboratively with the continental APNAC formed in 1999 and comprising 21 countries to realize zero corruption practices in the public sector through the legislators’ collective strength and ability in influencing proper legislation to eradicate corruption.
Nyokabi, who was elected to the APNAC Executive Board in April 2015 in Chad during Chapter's general meeting, said members resolved to deal with corruption in their countries beyond reproach to restore integrity in leadership because corruption is a major impediment to poverty alleviation and national development.
Countries with APNAC network include; Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
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