Which lifestyle audit? But we know the thieves in Kenya! Boniface Mwangi
4 months ago, 22 June 10:38
President Uhuru Kenyatta has openly shown his disdain towards corruption these past few days.
He has spoken about the vice in most of his public meetings
However, before we get too carried away with dreams of a corrupt free nation, allow me to arrest the euphoria.
Dear Kenyans, we have been here before. Since 2013, the National Police Service Commission chairman Johnston Kavuludi has been traversing the country in what has been christened, police vetting.
The exercise degenerated into a comic strip
Some police officers even admitted they were sinners and asked for forgiveness
While some officers were fired
Last year, The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) directed State and Public officers to declare their income, assets and liabilities before the end of the year. Was that done?
In October 2015, after Kenya Revenue Authority failed to achieve its revenue target, an irritated Uhuru blamed it on corruption and tax evasion
The media happily reported this to the nation. Two years later we have no clue of the outcome, the audit, or, if at all, the exercise even took off. It could have been a PR exercise.
According to the Public Officer Ethics Act, each state or public officer is required once every two years to declare their wealth and that of their spouses and dependent children under 18 years. Can we start the lifestyle audit using those declarations? Can the wealth declaration be posted on a public website
Politicians too were supposed to do their final declarations within 30 days of ceasing to hold state or public office. Did they do it?
Lifestyle audit is commendable, but we are auditing against what? How do we know what someone was worth?
In 2011 President Uhuru Kenyatta appeared on Forbes Magazine as Africa’s 40 Wealthiest People, he was ranked no. 26 in that list of dollar billionaires. In 2013, Uhuru’s mother Mama Ngina Kenyatta made it to the list of Africa’s top billionaires a list collated by Nigeria-based Ventures financial magazine. So as President Uhuru calls for lifestyle, he should lead by example
While in the spirit of fighting corruption the president should implement the 2014 Report of the Commission of Inquiry into the Illegal/Irregular Allocation of Public Land (the Ndung’u Commission). He must show Kenyans that there will be no sacred cows in the war against corruption.
As a true Kenyan, who has been disappointed by the tough talk on corruption and limited or no action, l will be waiting to see how far this lifestyle audit stretches
The writer is an award winning photojournalist and a human rights activist
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