Kenneth: Judiciary needs to gain Kenyans' confidence
09 May 2013, 08:21
Nairobi - Former presidential candidate Peter Kenneth has said that the Judiciary and Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) must rebuild Kenyans’ confidence in them.
In his first interview since conceding defeat with New24 Kenya, Kenneth said, “Looking at the 182 election petitions filed in courts countrywide after the March 4 polls, it is clear that IEBC did not get it right.”
“When the court acquits someone like Kamlesh Pattni, then it means that they have not been doing something in the last 20 years,” he said.
Concerning the ongoing controversial debate on MPs salary increment, Kenneth said he really feels for the first time MPs who thought they would take home heavy perks as their predecessors, and his former colleagues whose pay has now reduced.
He said he campaigned for the new constitution on the basis of the safeguards that would be in place once implemented, which included a functioning and independent Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) and that everyone must pay taxes, even government officials.
Kenneth says the issue is of constitutionality and majority of the current MPs are newbies in Parliament, thus, they should sit down and discuss with SRC on how they arrived at the new salary grade and find a solution.
Furthermore, if Kenya is to depoliticize itself and focus on the economy, it needs to deal with the huge rate of unemployment and insecurity. There is therefore the need to spend on infrastructural projects and not on wages only and move away from being a borrowing nation.
Kenneth noted that the Jubilee government’s Achilles’ heel was that they made huge promises to Kenyans that they must fulfill, but was quick to add that we need to give them an opportunity to deliver.
“Their downfall would be if they do not fulfill the promises made to Kenyans,” he said.
Kenya needs to reduce its expenses and make huge savings and to fight corruption; something that the Jubilee government has not addressed, but needs to.
For now Kenneth is happy to get back to his civilian life in the corporate world as he is a shareholder in Mayfair Insurance Limited, but says he shall always be available to engage with Kenyans as the country strives to get back to work. An avid tweep, Kenneth can be contacted via his official twitter account which he tweets from personally.