President commended for efforts in fighting graft, asked to do more
24 November 2015, 09:24
Nairobi -President Uhuru Kenyatta's address to the nation on Monday from State House where he declared corruption a threat to national security has drawn mixed reactions.
The Consumers Federation of Kenya (Cofek) commended the head of state for the renewed commitment to tackle corruption, noting that the President must ensure that all government agencies walk the talk.
"We are confident that if well implemented, the terse proposals will go a long way in the fight against corruption. With the high tempo and coming from the President, we would expect that other relevant agencies of Government will take the cue," said Cofek boss, Stephen Mutoro.
President Kenyatta in his speech that was televised proposed the introduction of Anti-Bribery and Whistle Blowers Protection legislations, among other terse laws, as a means of stopping graft.
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Mutoro however observed that the introduction of the new laws is tantamount to overlegislation. He added that all than needs to be done is enforce of the existing laws.
"We have an all-encompassing constitution. We need just implement Articles 4(2), 10, 35, 46, 75, 201 and 232 and we shall realize a major shift. the letter and spirit of the Constitution should be implemented without fear or favour," he said in a statement.
Former Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission Director Prof PLO Lumumba who was dramatically hounded out of office by Members of Parliament on August 25, 2011 said he is happy President Kenyatta is on right track in combating the menace.
"I am happy that President Kenyatta has finally taken action by declaring corruption a national disaster. Many Kenyans have been complaining and the president in his wisdom has declared effectively that corruption is a national disaster," Lumumba told News24.
He added: "Personally, this a good move which ought to be celebrated and the the President ought to be congratulated. But he needs now to do a lot more."
The former anti-corruption czar however said Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission must be supported and empowered to do its work. He added that fighting graft should not be be focused on the national government but in the counties as well.
"The kind of looting taking place in the counties is unimaginable. Focus of fighting corruption should also be shifted to counties," said Prof Lumumba.
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