Excerpt of the speech by opposition CORD principals led by OCM leader Raila Odinga. Other CORD principals are Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper) and Moses Wetangula (Ford Kenya). President Uhuru Kenyatta has expanded ministries to 20 and key departments headed by principal secretaries to 40 among other measures he said were aimed at fighting corruption.
Mr. President, we disagree, strongly, with your belief that Kenya needs more laws and more institutions to fight corruption. We have enough of those.
Article 10 of our Constitution has express and clear provisions on National Values and Principles of Governance.
Article 232 sets out Values and Principles of Public Service. Chapter Six of the Constitution spells out clear provisions on Leadership and Integrity.
List of anti-corruption laws
In addition to these, Kenya has at least twelve laws dedicated to the fight against corruption. They include:
- Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission Act
- Commission for Administrative Justice Act
- Public Finance Management Act
- Leadership and Integrity Act
- Fair Administrative Action Act
- Public Service (Values and Principles) Act
- Public Procurement and Disposal Act
- Public Officers Ethics Act
- Proceeds of Crime and Anti-Money Laundering Act
- Witness Protection Act
- State Corporation Act
- Penal Code
List of anti-corruption bodies
We have at least nine entities and institutions dedicated to fighting corruption. They include:
- Criminal Investigation Department
- Director of Public Prosecution
- Public Procurement Oversight Authority
- Independent Policing Oversight Authority
- Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission
- National Anti-Corruption Campaign Steering Committee
- Controller of Budget
- National Audit Office
- The Commission on Administrative Justice.
Singapore, which is judged to be the least corrupt country in the world, has only one law to fight the vice; the Prevention of Corruption Act (Chapter 241).
What is needed
What we need is to make the institutions, laws and regulations that we have work. What we need is a President that is committed to winning the war against corruption. With every day that passes, President Uhuru Kenyatta is sending to us the message that he is not that president.
Nearly all our institutions meant to fight corruption are plagued by tribalism, which only perpetuate the vice. That is why a critical body like the Public Private Partnership Petition Committee in Kenya gazette (4th July 2014) has members from just two communities:
James Murtha Kihara- Chairperson
Stanley Kinuthia Kamau
Isaac Kiptanui Bondet
Jackline Chepkemoi Kimeto
This is contrary to our constitution and was only done in order to influences decisions to favour interests of the Presidency