More Jubilee MPs support referendum push
20 November 2015, 08:11
Nairobi – A section of Jubilee legislators want corrupt public officers executed in an effort to eradicate the ever-growing cases of corruption in the country.
The more than 9 legislators led by Mukurweini MP, Kabando wa Kabando through their Boresha Katiba initiative, which seeks to identify and improve gaps in the 2010 Constitution through a referendum, said corruption is rife because graft and drug trafficking culprits among others are not punitively punished.
“We want Chapter 6 of the Constitution on leadership and integrity that lack in CORD’s Okoa Kenya referendum agenda reviewed to provide that crimes relating to economic sabotage and drug trafficking shall be capital offences,” said Kabando.
He emphasized that corruption has become a national disaster and that amending the Constitution to allow for execution of corrupt officers like some countries as is the case in China will lead to significant achievement in the fight against graft.
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Kabando stated that their Boresha Katiba initiative is noble which also seeks to address lack of political consciousness and sensitivity in the country.
“This initiative is very deliberate and calculated bringing together members across all political divide. We don’t want this initiative to burglarize the country but offer alternatives to the Okoa Kenya agendas,” said Kabando.
Although Kabando revealed that legislators behind the Boresha Katiba referendum are yet to consult with top Jubilee leadership including President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto, who have publicly and strongly opposed any future referendum, he expressed optimism that they will accept and support the initiative.
Some of the Boresha Katiba initiative’s proposals include increasing County allocations to 46% contrary to Okoa Kenya’s 45%, pushing for the appointment of Cabinet Secretaries by Parliament, reducing the number of commissioners in all commissions from seven to five, and devolving the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to all counties as a remedy to spiraling corruption.
The initiative also proposes that one community should not enjoy more than 20% of appointive positions in any State department, and that there should be an established Ward Development Fund managed by MCAs at the ward level with a 17% allocation of the total County revenue and increasing the CDF revenue allocation from 2.5% to 5%.
The legislators were addressing the press at Parliament Buildings.
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