Don’t blame state for graft, blame peo­ple

Wa­home says only ‘a few in­di­vid­u­als’ loot

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - JOHN KA­MAU @jaykayGm

Kan­dara MP Alice Wa­home has de­fended the Ju­bilee ad­min­is­tra­tion against al­le­ga­tions of mas­sive cor­rup­tion, say­ing only a few in­di­vid­u­als loot pub­lic funds.

She crit­i­cised the op­po­si­tion for is­su­ing a blan­ket con­dem­na­tion for a series of scan­dals in gov­ern­ment de­part­ments. Wa­home said it is un­fair to con­demn thou­sands of other civil ser­vants who serve dili­gently.

She said Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta has put mea­sures in place to fight cor­rup­tion. He even or­gan­ises monthly de­part­men­tal meet­ings at State House to stream­line their op­er­a­tions.

“The Pres­i­dent has shown good­will and it is un­fair for the op­po­si­tion to ac­cuse him of con­don­ing the vice,” Wa­home said at St Charles Lwanga Catholic Church at Kenol on Sun­day.

She said, how­ever, top gov­ern­ment agen­cies charged with the re­spon­si­bil­ity of fight­ing graft are let­ting Kenyans down by fail­ing to fast-track pros­e­cu­tion of sus­pects.

The leg­is­la­tor said the Ethics and Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion, the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Prose­cu­tions and other pros­e­cu­tion de­part­ments have no ex­cuse for not swiftly charg­ing cor­rup­tion sus­pects.

“These in­sti­tu­tions are spend­ing tax­pay­ers’ money but not do­ing enough to safe­guard pub­lic resources,” she said.

Wa­home ac­cused the op­po­si­tion of be­ing keen on por­tray­ing the Ju­bilee ad­min­is­tra­tion neg­a­tively by say­ing it ex­tols cor­rup­tion. She urged Kenyans to dis­tin­guish be­tween the gov­ern­ment and in­di­vid­u­als sus­pected of be­ing cor­rupt.

“The op­po­si­tion lacks the moral ground to ac­cuse the Pres­i­dent of fail­ing to fight graft. They have no agenda to fa­cil­i­tate anti-graft war,” she said.

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