President Kenyatta has failed in the fight against graft, claims MP
27 May 2015, 08:11
Nairobi - Homa Bay Town MP, Peter Kaluma has faulted the government’s laxity in the fight against corruption and said President Uhuru Kenyatta’s 60-day ultimatum to have the 175 anti-corruption cases cleared was aimed at duping citizens.
Kaluma claimed that President Kenyatta’s decision to present the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) list of shame in a joint-sitting of the Senate and National Assembly in March for prosecution of culpable public officers was a public relations gimmick to deflate the citizens’ pressure to fight graft.
“No sooner did the President leave Parliament after the famed standing ovation than his government devised a scheme to cripple the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission through a petition for removal of commissioners presented in Parliament by a corrupt cartel with deep links in government,” said Kaluma.
He said ongoing investigations into the corruption cases need to be suspended until a well-constituted Anti-Corruption Commission is put in place, and raised concern that the Executive has taken over the mandate of fighting graft after crippling the EACC.
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“We must demand that the Executive stop meddling in the fight against graft and set targets for this fight. The Executive has usurped the fight against graft from lawful institutions and currently determines who is investigated and who is charged, solely dictated by politics,” said Kaluma.
The Homa Bay Town MP warned that the EACC cases approved for prosecution by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) might collapse in court because the current Anti-Corruption Commission officers are unlawfully forwarding the graft files to DPP after the suspension of commissioners.
“The Director of Public Prosecutions has ceased to be a prosecutor and become an investigator of corruption. We watch helplessly as investigation files for top state officers are closed by individuals without the power to do so,” said Kaluma.
He called on Kenyans of goodwill to hold all organs of government including; the Executive, Judiciary, Parliament, the DPP’s office and the constitutional commissions, to account in ensuring that the fight against graft succeeds.
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