Activists to seek private prosecution of corruption suspects
08 December 2015, 11:57
Nairobi -Members of the civil society have announced that they will push for private prosecution of public officers linked to corruption scandals.
The human rights activists under the umbrella of National Integrity Alliance said have resorted to private prosecutions following the inability of the government to convict individuals suspected to have involved themselves in graft.
Speaking Monday at a press conference in Nairobi, the activists led by Irungu Houghton who is the group's spokesperson said they will also seek for prosecution of government officials who have failed to account for imprests.
"There are 350 pending corruption cases in the Kenyan courts; some of these cases that have dragged for long time involve millions of shillings. Over the time, about only five of the cases have resulted to convictions, we want the cases fast-tracked," said Irungu, who is also the Associate director for the Society for International Development (SID).
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"In the last auditor general report, about KES 633 million was unaccounted for by public officers working in the national and County governments. We will seek for the private prosecutions of these officials," he added.
He said that the recent push by the President to fight graft is good, but noted that it will not amount to much if those involved in high profile corruption scandals get off the hook or their cases drag for years.
"Corruption will stop in the country if top government leaders involved in the vice are brought to book. Corrupt persons should be held personally liable for their action no matter how powerful they are," said Irungu.
The Alliance which apart from the SID brings together lobby groups such as Transparency International, Angaza Writers and Association of Citizens Against Corruption, has organized national celebrations of the International Anti-Corruption Day that will be commemorated tomorrow.
According to Irungu, during this year's celebrations which will be held at Central Park in Nairobi, seven whistle-blowers drawn from both the private and public sectors will be feted. The seven will be given the Intergrity Champions Awards.
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