PEACE AND GOODWILL THIS SEASON!!!!!!!!!!!!
PS-WHATS YOUR TAKE ON THE CONSTITUTION..?????
It is good news to hear that the High Court on Thursday nullified the election of Trade assistant minister Omingo Magara. Hoping that this will be a warning to the others who are in parliament by “mistake”
The other issue is on the DRAFT CONSTITUTION- with over a million different views on the harmonized constitution the committee has only three weeks to combine them all. Did you get a chance to have a look at the document and do you think three weeks is enough time for the committee to work on it?
The experience of Kenya demonstrates how corruption can tip a seemingly stable country into political crisis. Kenyan analysts widely agree that the violence following the December 2007 elections, in which President Mwai Kibaki claimed victory over opposition candidate Raila Odinga, was in large part caused by the zero-sum nature of Kenyan politics: Unless one’s ethnic group was in office, there were no possibilities for economic or political advancement.
As South African analyst Moeletsi Mbeki told journalist Michaela Wrong in her book It’s Our Turn to Eat: “What greater corruption could there be than stealing an election?” After years of “eating” the spoils of public office, Kibaki’s inner circle of ethnic Kikuyus was unwilling to relinquish power; after years of watching this graft, Odinga’s supporters, many of whom were ethnically Luo, felt it was their turn to eat. Statistics show that political patronage in Kenya’s public spending has exacerbated economic and regional inequalities. Nyanza Province, for instance, which is majority Luo, is the poorest province in Kenya.
In fact, Kenya has a range of legislation on the books that should prevent corruption. A Prevention of Corruption Act has existed in Kenya since 1956, and procurement laws have been revised to increase transparency. Since 2002, an anti-corruption commission has been charged with the prevention and investigation (though not the prosecution) of corruption cases. Most of these efforts, however, have fallen prey to the overwhelming power of the executive branch. Forty-five constitutional amendments have strengthened the executive’s power since independence in 1963; the judiciary is effectively controlled by the president. Kenya’s newspapers regularly investigate and break corruption stories, but the exposure of graft rarely results in legal proceedings
The anti-corruption commission’s work has also languished. In 2004, its former head, John Githongo, uncovered evidence that a nonexistent company called Anglo Leasing was awarded several huge government contracts. The scandal reached the highest levels of the Kenyan cabinet and cost the country as much as $1 billion. The attorney-general must approve any prosecutions, however, and he declined to prosecute the case. The United Kingdom wanted to investigate Anglo Leasing itself, but the attorney-general prevented its fraud office from moving forward. Kenyan lawyers and civil society members who advocate for good governance agree that judicial reform is imperative. Some argue that the public must step up as well.
All i can say is that Citizens must put their feet down and demand things from the government.
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