MPs want ministers cleared from corruption to resume their duties
11 June 2015, 09:21
Nairobi – Ten legislators from Rift Valley have asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to allow suspended Cabinet Secretaries cleared from corruption charges to resume their duties to fill the vacuum in government operations.
The legislators led by Saboat MP, David Wafula and Nandi Senator, Stephen Sang raised concerns that Cabinet Secretaries cleared from graft charges by the Director of Public Prosecutions have not been directed to resume their duties yet the public is in dire need of their services.
“The Cabinet Secretaries stepped aside to allow for investigations on graft allegations as directed by the President and since some of them have been cleared and their files closed by the DPP for lack of enough evidence, they should be allowed back to work,” said Wafula.
He said that the absence of the Cabinet Secretaries in office has made it difficult to address certain challenges affecting various sectors in the country thus the President’s urgent intervention would help restore normalcy in operations.
Wafula further said there is no need for the cabinet secretaries to remain out of office yet they are earning full salaries despite stepping aside and being cleared from corruption charges.
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Sang urged the anti-corruption commission and the DPP’s office to expedite the investigations of 175 public officers named in graft list presented to Parliament by the President.
Nandi Hills MP, Alfred Keter raised concerns that grievances of tea, coffee, sugar and dairy farmers in the agricultural Rift Valley region are not being resolved because of the absence of the already cleared cabinet secretary.
President Uhuru in March asked CSs Felix Koskei (Agriculture), Davis Chirchir (Energy), Kambi Kazungu (Labor), Charity Ngilu (Lands) and Michael Kamau (Transport) to step aside for investigations after they were named in the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission list of shame.
Kamau was the only cabinet secretary found culpable and has since been charged in court on corruption-related charges.
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