Graft purge; Kenya at an economic crossroad

Already thousands of jobs have been lost in the previous year. Companies are folding up to bow to pressure out of tough economic times.

 

Despite the moves instituted by the government to better the lives of her citizens, corruption remains a monster in Kenya’s economy, Transparency international has said in a recent report seen by P Live Kenya.

Corruption menace has been widespread in government parastatals, leading to loss of millions of dollars. Tough economic times are forcing some of the leading companies in Kenya to consider scaling down the workforce, the banking and manufacturing sectors hit the hardest.

Already over 1,000 employees, especially in the banking industry, have lost jobs. Lenders have been citing a shift in the technological environment and tight economic times.

Earlier, former Chief Justice Dr. Willy Mutunga expressed fears in the rising rate of corruption in the country terming Kenya a “bandit economy,” sentiments which sparked outage across the social and political divide.

Anti-corruption commission overhaul

In the recent gymnastics to bolster the fight against corruption amongst top individuals, Kenya’s parliament approved the former Anglican Church of Kenya Bishop Eliud Wabukala to steer the circus riddled Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, EACC.

Many of his predecessors have been bowing to pressure from the political divide to step down, politicians being perceived as the major perpetrators of the vice.

In a recent loss of over Ksh. 1.8 billion by National Youth Service, NYS, Cabinet Secretary, a close ally of the President Uhuru Kenyatta,  was implicated, sparking outrage on the integrity of the government. She stepped down, paving way for the investigations, which are yet to be concluded.

The 2010 inaugurated constitution, a whole chapter has been dedicated to check the integrity of persons occupying public offices.

Judicial, political conspiracy

In the last quarter of last year, President Uhuru Kenyatta in his address to the public from Statehouse Nairobi, cautioned the judiciary and the investigative agency, Criminal Investigation Department, CID, of blame games in the fight against graft.

The judiciary accused the CID of conducting what the public’s Attorney General Prof. Githu Muigai termed as “shoddy investigations, failing to provide substantive information to lodge a case against prominent perpetrators of the vice in the country,” a local daily reported.

Vicious poverty, joblessness

Kenya lit a red light on employment of thousands of university and middle level college graduates, citing a bulging wage bill. However, millions of shillings of tax have been misappropriated. Currently, the country is putting up with an 8-week-long strike by medics, who are demanding additional salary.

They claim they are earning meagerly, despite their relentless effort to work in poorly staffed public medical facilities.

Local media reports have implicated a few political leaders giving out relief food in exchange for voter registration which is ongoing mass voter registration in Kenya. Currently, Kenya's Disaster Management Authority, DMA, has indicated the dire need of persons affected by people facing dangers of death owing to the bitting. The authority points at the El Nino rains experienced last year to the extended drought.

Reject corrupt leaders

As the country is currently in a drive to mobilize the masses for the ongoing nationwide voter registration exercise, to hit a new mark of 20 million voters, lobby and human rights activists are drumming up the calls for the rejection of political leaders who have been implicated in any corruption purge.

However, the voting exercise in Kenya has many a times had voter bribery claims, allegations the polls team vehemently refute. The current political leaders were elected to power in the highly contested general elections in 2013.

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