Those who have been implicated in corruption scandals ought to resign

By STEVE MOKAYA | Friday, Apr 5th 2019 at 11:34
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After the state of the nation address on Thursday by President Uhuru Kenyatta, Musalia Mudavadi asked the people who have been implicated in corruption scandals to resign.

The Amani National Congress leader said that they should not continue embarrassing the president by holding fast to their offices, yet their integrity is questionable.

These statements came after the president said that any government official whose case shall be taken to court over corruption shall be removed from the government.

These statements have proved correct in the past and should be true for our nation especially now. History has well shown that leaders whose conduct concerning integrity is questionable do step aside or are forced out of office.

For example, in 2016, the former premier for Iceland resigned when he was embroiled in a corruption scandal. Again, in 2018, Ameenah Gurib-Fakin, the then president of Mauritius also resigned for featuring in a corruption scandal. Our Kenyan leaders whose integrity is on the balances should follow suit and step aside or resign before they are forced out.

Indeed, Kenyans are tired by the day-by-day emergence of graft cases, which are ripping the country asunder, even as a vast population languishes in poverty, severe hunger and underdevelopment.

The former premier, Raila Odinga also urged the investigative agencies to conduct their investigations fast so that the corrupt can face the full force of the law.

Going by the president’s diction during his state of the nation address, things will not be reasonable for the corrupt. He urged the judiciary to spare nobody but instead apply the law firm.

Regardless of how long this war will take, Kenyans are focused at seeing their hard-earned money which has been looted returned to them. This means that the corrupt must pay for what they have stolen. This must stop; they must be stopped. 

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