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The Speaker of Senate, Sen Kenneth Lusaka today presented a paper on efforts by the Kenyan Government toward combating corruption. He was speaking at the 7th Session of the Conference of State Parties to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) in Vienna, Austria.

 

Speaker Lusaka – who is leading the Kenyan delegation comprising Senators and Members of the National Assembly – noted that the Government, through relevant institutions specifically charged with the mandates of preventing and/or combating corruption – remains steadfast to root out the vice from the country.

 

“Kenya firmly believes that eradication of corruption is the key to spurring economic growth and development which provides enabling environment for the enjoyment of the human rights and fundamental freedoms for our people,” said the Speaker.

 

The Senate Speaker cited the recent operationalization of the Assets Recovery Agency and Financial Reporting Center as fully autonomous agencies – being among the notable achievements in the country’s quest toward eradicate corruption.

 

“Kenya strongly supports mechanisms that provide for the confiscation of corruptly acquired assets,” he added.

 

He pointed out that Kenya also established the Multi Agency Team (MAT) which comprises- the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, Director of Public Prosecutions, Directorate of Criminal Investigations, Kenya Revenue Authority, Assets Recovery Agency, Financial Reporting Centre and National Intelligence Service.

 

In terms of preventing corruption, the Speaker, said the government has reduced opportunities for corruption by making it a compulsory that all payments from government be made on ICT-based platforms.

 

“These [electronic] platforms allow citizens pay for services like passports, driving license, land search certificates and other necessary documents so as to reduce human contact,” he elucidated.

 

Members of the Kenyan delegation include: Sen Isaac Mwaura (Nominated), Sen Rose Nyamunga (Nominated), Hon Shakeel Shabir (Kisumu Town), Hon Benjamin Washiali (Mumias East), Hon Njagagua Muriuki (Mbeere North) and Hon (Prof) Jacqueline Oduol.

 

The week-long conference brings together over 170 parliamentarians and 400 observers dedicated to fighting corruption and improving good governance.

 

The Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) is the only

International network of parliamentarians in the world that is focused solely on combating corruption.

Sen. Irungu Kang’ata-Deputy Majority Whip

Published in Speaker and Clerk

Irungu Kangata was born in 1980 in Muranga town. He is the Muranga County senator having been elected to the Kenya Senate on 8th August, 2017 on a Jubilee Party ticket.

Education

He attended Muranga Township Primary School now called Vidhu Ramji Primary School between 1986 and 1993. He went to Thika High School between 1994 and 1997. He joined The University of Nairobi Parklands Campus in 1999 but he was suspended from campus for championing against discrimination of regular JAB students who could not do certain courses that were reserved for parallel module 2 students. He rejoined the college for studies in the year 2003 after the ascension to power by the NARC regime and graduated in the year 2005 with a law degree. In the year 2015 he graduated with a master's degree in law and currently he is pursuing his doctorate programme.

Political career

Irungu Kang'ata was elected vice Chair of Kenya Law Student Society while still a freshman and later elected as vice chairman of SONU the same year. In 2002 while still in suspension, he was elected as a Councilor for Central Ward in Muranga town. He was a University student and also a councilor. Irungu Kangata thus started his political career while still in the University of Nairobi. In 2013, he won the Kiharu seat on a TNA ticket before capturing the senate position in the August 8 th 2017 elections.

Achievements

In the 11th parliament, Irungu Kangata was awarded by Mzalendo Trust for championing Education related legislation in parliament after his higher Education amendment bill that was signed into law by the president. In 2015, Irungu Kangata was awarded for best management of Constituency Development Fund (CDF) and investing heavily in domestic water projects by the Central Kenya Forum for Peace after his CDF kitty management was recognized as the best within Mount Kenya region.

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