MPs want EACC disbanded
03 March 2014, 10:45
Mombasa - A section of members of parliament from Mombasa County want the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC) disbanded for failing to fight corruption in the country.
The members of parliament said the body, which is constitutionally mandated to fight corruption, has not been committed to its mandate despite more funds being allocated to it by the National assembly.
They said the commission, which is headed my Mumo Matemu, is a toothless body and that it should be held accountable for rising cases of corruption in the county level.
Speaking in the sidelines of an induction workshop attended by members of parliament and that was organized by Transparency International, Aldai member of parliament, Cornelly Serem called for the commission to be probed over its expenditure.
He said despite the National assembly allocating huge sums of money to the institution it has done very little in terms of the fight against corruption.
“It was in my observation that there is a lot of money being injected to this commission and the outcome is not being felt in this country. We want more results; we want to feel that they exist," said Serem.
He said there are fears that more corruption will be devolved if the commission does not change their mode of conducting business. He said that the body had not performed in the national level and that many county functions will be derailed if corruption is not dealt with effectively.
“We are hearing issues at the county level; where are they? We want to be told what they are doing; are they there?" He posed.
He however dismisses claims that devolving the commission's services will enhance its efficiency. He said corruption cases are on the rise in the country despite the fight against it.
“Am not saying we are going to disband it, but there is also a possibility, ” said Serem.
However, David Kaboro, an official from the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission said the institution was working hard to fight corruption at all levels in the country.
He said there were plans to devolve services to the county level in a bid to fight corruption.
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