Au­dit of de­vo­lu­tion im­pacts com­mend­able T

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

he Work­ing Group on the So­cioe­co­nomic Au­dit of the 2010 Con­sti­tu­tion es­tab­lished by a res­o­lu­tion of Par­lia­ment in 2014 has tabled its report be­fore Par­lia­ment’s Bud­get Com­mit­tee.

We whole­heart­edly sup­port the group’s con­clu­sion that Kenyans are over­rep­re­sented and its rec­om­men­da­tions that the num­ber of MPs and MCAs’ po­si­tions be re­duced and salaries and al­lowances dras­ti­cally re­duced. Our MPs are so over­paid that they earn more than Bri­tish leg­is­la­tors, who make the equiv­a­lent of KSh750,000 monthly and en­joy no sit­ting al­lowances. Some­thing dras­ti­cally de­ter­rent needs to be done to com­bat the de­vo­lu­tion of cor­rup­tion.

The rec­om­men­da­tion for value-for­money analy­ses for all projects funded by the tax­payer has the po­ten­tial to fight the cor­rup­tion car­tels.The Work­ing Group is headed by Au­di­tor Gen­eral David Ouko, who knows the anatomy of graft at both lev­els of gov­ern­ment in­ti­mately. Cap­ping the costs of rep­re­sen­ta­tive gov­ern­ment will be es­sen­tial for de­vo­lu­tion’s suc­cess.

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