Get to the bottom of growing scandals across the country
SEE ALSO :Firm paid Sh4m to supply pillowsWere this money to be put to good public use, there would be no need for comparison between Kenya and countries like Singapore and Malaysia with whom Kenya was at par in the early 1960s, but in whose dust we were left after embracing corruption as a way of life. The theft of such large amounts of money speak of the richness of a country left to go to waste by a lack of political goodwill , commitment to good governance and accountability structures. Despite the heavy taxation, Kenyans hardly get value for their taxes, and that is because government functionaries have, over time, converted national project into cash cows. This must stop immediately. The need for the executive to go beyond the tough-talk stage in fighting corruption cannot be over emphasised. There has been too much talk and recriminations between government institutions charged with fighting corruption that the public no longer knows who to believe. It is not even clear whether there is real political goodwill to fight corruption, and the sluggish nature of litigation does not help matters. Indeed, this only entrenches growing public perception that from the outset, it might never have been the intention of the executive to arrest the corrupt, particularly because the main suspects, as revealed through ongoing investigations by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, are very highly placed individuals; among them, Cabinet Secretaries and Principle Secretaries. Were that the case from the beginning, the executive might have won, given waning public interest in the hyped war on corruption that even to the common man, appears headed nowhere. Where there should have been palpable public anger, there is only resignation. Parliament’s Pubic Investment Committee (PIC) must justify its existence. Granted, some Members of Parliament are among those cited for corruption, but impunity must be stopped if Kenya hopes to make strides in the right direction, mainly, to improve its economy and uplift the living standards of its citizens. PIC has the power to ask the Government to give a proper accounting of every penny that has gone through the Treasury as the custodian of public funds. Reining corruption must be accompanied by tough action and convictions, barring which the executive could as well be playing to the public gallery.