Resignations a win-win situation for Uhuru
30 March 2015, 14:59
Nairobi - The move by public officials to resign from office for a period of 60 days to pave way for investigations into graft is just but a PR exercise from president Uhuru Kenyatta.
The president called on leaders named in an Ethics and Anti Corruption Commision EACC report to step aside and await investigations to clear their names, but is the 60 day period enough for EACC?
Basically, the Commision has just a few days to substantiate its allegations against the senior public officials or they eventually get back to office.
How feasible is that?
" It is more or less impossible for all those cases to be completed in 60 days," John Kiilo a Nairobi advocate told News24.
" The optimism levels are good and I have no issue with them but lets be honest. The system in Kenya will simply not allow such. It is hard enough to prosecute within 6 months, let alone 60 days."
" My view is that it will be difficult to execute, especially with the record the EACC currently has, which is not encouraging. Likely yes, but higher possibility is that not," he added.
According to political scientist Zachary Onyango, the higher likely-hood is that most of the resigned officials will return to office.
" Most of them will return. There is simply no goodwill from the executive as regards fighting corruption and this recent move will change nothing."
" The president has simply done something easy. He has made a politically correct move. He has not compromised anyone and has washed his hands. He has left the pressure now on the EACC.
" He knows they will fail. It was well calculated," he added.
The opposition has already rubbished the move to ask leaders to resign, saying that there are many other cases that still exist, and in the midst of the president and his deputy but nothing has been done about them.
And then, history is firmly against moves to resign, with most leaders who have done so in the past eventually getting back to office.
" The record is not good, Juma Kanunga," a Nairobi resident says.
" When they stepped aside, I remembered the past cases in which the persons mentioned eventually returned. It smells like a good public relations stunt," he added.
We wait and see.
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