Slow Pace of Implementation of House Resolutions Slowing Down War on Graft-Speaker Muturi
The Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Justin Muturi has decried the slow pace of the implementation of House decisions by the executive, noting that they had slowed down the fight against graft.
Speaking this morning during the launch of the Strategic Plan of the African Parliamentary Network Against Corruption (APNAC) at the Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi, Speaker Muturi noted that it was frustrating that House recommendations emanating from in particular the three investigatory committees; the Public Accounts Committee, the Public Investments Committee and the Special Audit Committee, have not been implemented and even those the House has received the status report on their implementation, have not been executed satisfactorily. He in particular took issue with agencies mandated to investigate and prosecute graft cases, noting that their non-action on House resolutions was slowing down the war on corruption.
"World over, oversight Committees make recommendations to the executive wing of government. Unfortunately here, the Implementation Status reports that we receive are not useful. We continue to make recommendations year in year out yet we do not see the handcuffs," Speaker Muturi observed.
He was however quick to add that Parliament and more so APNAC should never give up on the fight against graft, noting that the first and the second liberation heros never gave up when the fought for open governance and transparency and freedoms enjoyed in the country in the present day. He further accentuated the need to strengthen the office of the Auditor General, given its role at the crux of the war on graft.
He lauded the APNAC members who he referred to as his champions of the war against graft in the legislature. He noted that though there were only 40 members from among the 418 MPs, the network was more interested in the quality of Membership rather than the quantity.
Speaking at the same forum, Former Vice President and ANC Party leader Hon. Musalia Mudavadi bemoaned that the country has been bogged down by state capture. He questioned policy development in the country and wondered whether it was informed by graft.
“Is our policy driving corruption or is corruption driving our policy formulation?" he posed
He called upon Parliament to ensure that the institutions mandated to fight corruption receive sufficient budgetary allocations even as Parliament allocates its own share.
Hon. Mudavadi also urged for new strategies and approaches on the fight against corruption noting that corruption had multiplied in Kenya in quantum figures. He further expressed concerns following the recent attempts to privatize the Port of Mombasa, and called for transparency on the matter
On his part, APNAC Kenya Chapter chairperson Hon. Shakeel Shabir noted that the network recognizes corruption as hindrances to development, adding that the Membership was very passionate about bringing an end to the scourge of corruption in the country. He noted that they were doing what they could using the "Humming Bird" approach.
Former Minister, Hon. Musikari Kombo who was the founder of the organization in 1999, also added his voice on the ongoing war on graft, but expressed his sadness following reports on the heightened scale of corruption in the country. Others present in the forum were EACC Commissioner, Dr. Dabar Maalim, Member, National Anti-corruption Campaign Steering Committee Adan Wachu, and the Kenya Human Right Commission's George Kegoro, all who noted that it was now time for the country to walk the talk on the war against graft.
APNAC, an affiliate of the GOPAC was founded 20 years in Uganda, in a bid to strengthen African Parliaments commitment and capacity to fight corruption.
It further aims at building the commitment and capacity of African Parliaments and Parliamentarians to ensure transparency and accountability with particular emphasis on financial matters
Members share information on lessons learned and share best practices to control and fight corruption in their countries.