Raila accuses Judiciary of abetting corruption
SEE ALSO :Suspects 'give fake sureties'Public lecture The theme of the public lecture was ‘Bridging the Inequality Gap in East Africa’. “Cases where suspects have been accused of murder, corruption and other serious crimes should be treated with finality. Allowing suspects to be set free and then treated as angels is being an ally of corruption,” Raila said. He asked the Government to review the laws so that those implicated in corruption and other crimes were made to resign to give way for investigations. “Three years ago, President Uhuru Kenyatta gave a list of shame to Parliament of public servants who were involved in corruption. All of them stepped aside. We want to see those suspects being interdicted. Not being paid full salaries or allowed back to their offices, where they will in turn interfere with evidence.”
SEE ALSO :Judiciary is biased, MCAs now claimHe said Kenya could fight inequality by improving its governance and empowering the youth. “We should focus on giving the youth equal opportunity in education and skills acquisition from pre-school to university so that irrespective of their socio-economic backgrounds, they can realise their full potential and compete based on their qualifications,” Raila said. He added that no Kenyan should be discriminated against based on race, gender, religion or ethnicity. “I call upon universities to develop technology that can allow the youth wherever they are to enrol for online courses so they don’t have to be physically present in the institutions to acquire education.” Darren Walker, the Ford Foundation president, who gave the keynote speech, called for the empowerment of the youth, civil society and citizens.
SEE ALSO :DPP wants charged officials suspended“Kenya has a robust youth population of about 70 per cent that is below 35 years. This is astronomical. Let us harness their potential and energy because they are the hope and engine of the future of our country,” Mr Walker said. Uneven development He cautioned the elite against engaging in corruption and promoting uneven development, noting that this was a recipe for chaos. “The elite in Kenya and Africa risk losing everything they own if they continue operating with impunity. We need shared prosperity otherwise those discriminated against, marginalised or left out of government priorities will one day rise against them.” He asked civil society to be active in promoting a dignified and just society by being at the forefront of the fight against corruption and also support good governance.