Simplify access to information procedures
Under the Access to Information Act 2016, leaders and managers’ wealth declarations and Kenya Revenue Authority records should be in the public domain in each and every case where a Kenyan has used them to enter public office.
But this information is releasable only to individuals. A member of the public has to follow an elaborate application process and the details are released only to him or her.
A non-media savvy inquirer who also happens not to be interested in the big picture might be given bombshell documents of the keenest public interest concerning a VIP that might lie undiscovered for years.
The political system will never function properly until graft is eradicated.
Spotting a leader’s quantum leap from penury to millionaire status in one election cycle, or a manager’s in a year or less, is now possible with the Access to Information Act.
For a start, the EACC and KRA should furnish activist Boniface Mwangi with Deputy President William Ruto’s full wealth declaration and taxation records.