Embezzling fundsAs I have said before, the chairmen of our village chamaas are required to have higher moral and accountability standards than a CS or governor. For which chama has a sitting chairman or treasurer who the members know is suspected of embezzling funds? I wager there is none unless the chama itself is a gang of thieves, and even then the thief so chosen to lead would still be the ‘lesser evil’ of them all. But this is not the case for our republic, for no matter the audit report on any institution and its officials there is no public outcry for accountability or a change of guard. In fact, Kenyans are torn between whining that their leaders have done nothing for four years before an election and praising and singing tibim and wembe songs for the same leaders. tibim and wembe or indeed to the call of mtu wetu. For if we were audit minded, there would hardly be a politician today who would be shouting useless things about Arror and Kimwarer. For the audit would show that out of billions of shillings already spent, there is nothing to show for it. The audit would show what politicians don’t want us to see: That the dams can’t be completed by a company that received billions and still filed for bankruptcy. The audit would also show that when politicians steal, the proceeds don’t go to the tribe from which they come. Those defending such politicians from prosecution should realise that their person is living in heaven while they clap and defend him from the hell s/he has made for them. Corrupt politicians hate audits and they do not want these reports to ever see the light of day. Thus it was no surprise that no single politician attended the launch of a citizen audit framework launched by the Auditor General.
Campaign timeIf you ask her how much money the elderly are supposed receive every month, she has no idea. If you ask her how many counties are in phase two of the universal healthcare plan, she has even less of an idea. What is sad is that this is true for the educated and uneducated Wanjiku. As such, she has no basis on which to vote other than the beauty of the song and dance come campaign time. The time has come when we all must awake and realise that audits should be the basis upon which we vote. If your county government has glaring audit queries, why would you give your governor a second term unless you are bewitched? It is also true that President Kenyatta’s fight against corruption can be audited, as can his legacy. For indeed we can count whether there is more accountability in government and we can also count how much of the Big Four agenda has been achieved. An audit by citizens is the only way we can make our country corruption free and the only way Wanjiku can vote, for once, with her head and not her tribe. Mr Bichachi is a communication consultant. [email protected]