To end corruption, criminalise failure to achieve project development targets
SEE ALSO :Use saccos to fight poverty, corruptionFailure to achieve the project should be criminalised. In the understanding that money for an identified project is known and budgeted for implementation should be a matter of obligation. Then since BMBS draws its strength from the public, the Government and citizens should have the commitment to realise the project approved. Every county government should declare a project that must be achieved every budget year and at least, one major project during its life in power. For the approved project amount allocated, its quality and standards expected should be announced in public spaces such as markets, bus stations, restaurants among other areas. This should be done in a manner that the commitment cannot be reneged in boardrooms or high places where the ordinary citizens have no access to. In open public places, the announcement should be done using sign posts such as the ones used to announce projects undertaken by CDF. The purpose is to ensure a continual reminder of what a government has committed to achieve as well as serving as a means of public monitoring and evaluation. The latter objective also becomes a means of strengthening public participation in promoting transparency and accountability in the use of public funds.
SEE ALSO :Bedroom cheats harm boardroomsCriminalising failure to meet BMBS is important because benchmarking of goals is easier. The primary goal is to accomplish a project. Citizens will know the start and end dates of the project. It is like what engineering contractors commit to in public. There is a start date of say house and date of project completion. There are several advantages of this BMBS approach. Every year, a government will have to realise a project not as political posturing but as a responsibility. Residents will know what project is to be accomplished and monitor its progress. Since failure is not be contemplated, residents will have themselves to blame if they elect underperforming governments. Further, any member of a government that does not respect the principle of BMBS should not vie for a public office for a given period; say six years - to ensure they are barred from running for elective posts in the following general election. -Dr Elias Mokua is a Lecturer at the University of Nairobi’s School of Journalism and Director, Jesuit Hakimani Centre
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