Bar politi­cians with graft cases from polls, says Se­nate panel

We want to re­alise the full dream of devolution. We need to elim­i­nate lead­ers who are out to squan­der pub­lic re­sources for self­ish gain, says PAC chair­man Anyang’ Ny­ong’o

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - ROBERT OMOLLO @RobertO­mollo3

The Se­nate Pub­lic Ac­counts and In­vest­ments Com­mit­tee wants politi­cians im­pli­cated in graft barred from run­ning.

Chair­man Anyang’ Ny­ong’o yes­ter­day said the panel is work­ing on a re­port, which rec­om­mends that all politi­cians be vet­ted.

He spoke yes­ter­day dur­ing an in­ter­view with the Ramogi FM morn­ing show. Ny­ong’o said the com­mit­tee has re­ceived many queries from the Au­di­tor Gen­eral on the mis­use of pub­lic re­sources in the coun­ties.

He said, “We want to re­alise the full dream of devolution. W need to elim­i­nate lead­ers who are out to squan­der pub­lic re­sources for self­ish gain.”

Ny­ong’o said the re­port rec­om­mends MCAs be su­per­vised when car­ry­ing out their over­sight du­ties.

He said many ward rep­re­sen­ta­tives are com­pro­mised by the county ex­ec­u­tive. “We have seen some MCAs en­gage in phys­i­cal fights just be­cause they are de­nied their share of bribes from the ex­ec­u­tive. This ham­pers ser­vice de­liv­ery,” Ny­ong’o said.

He said the re­port will be avail­able to the pub­lic if ap­proved. Ny­ong’o said, “No gov­er­nor has been pros­e­cuted over cor­rup­tion al­le­ga­tions, de­spite the soar­ing lev­els of graft re- ported in the coun­ties. Most cases in which gov­er­nors are im­pli­cated drag.”

He said many coun­ties lag be­hind in de­vel­op­ment be­cause of “poor lead­er­ship”

Last month, senators warned gov­er­nors who fail to sat­is­fac­to­rily an­swer au­dit queries that they risk be­ing barred from de­fend­ing their seats.

They put on no­tice county Fi­nance ex­ec­u­tives, chief of­fi­cers and their pro­cure­ment coun­ter­parts, un­der whose dock­ets au­dit queries fall.

PAC com­mit­tee mem­ber Ki­ambu Se­na­tor Ki­mani Wa­matangi said, “A gov­er­nor with unan­swered au­dit queries will have to sweat to get clear­ance cer­tifi­cates from the IEBC.”

/JACK OWUOR

Se­nate Pub­lic Ac­counts and In­vest­ments Com­mit­tee chair­man Anyang’ Ny­ongo and other mem­bers ad­dress the press on June 22

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