Sim­plify ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion pro­ce­dures

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

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.

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