Do your bit, stop blam­ing par­ties and com­mu­ni­ties for graft — Wa­matangi

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Central -

In­di­vid­u­als must fight cor­rup­tion and not make the anti-graft war the sole re­spon­si­bil­ity of gov­ern­ment, a com­mu­nity or party, Ki­ambu Se­na­tor Ki­mani Wa­matangi has said.

He said cor­rup­tion must be fought on all fronts, and those who are guilty must take re­spon­si­bil­ity for their ac­tions. “In­di­vid­u­als who steal are not do­ing so for Ju­bilee or their eth­nic groups, but they are out to en­rich them­selves and their kin,” Wa­matangi (pic­tured) said in Ruiru on Sun­day.

He warned lead­ers, com­mu­ni­ties and par­ties against de­fend­ing sus­pects, say­ing there is too much sen­sa­tion­al­is­ing and politi­cis­ing of graft. He urged Kenyans to let au­thor­i­ties con­duct in­ves­ti­ga­tions. “In­ves­ti­ga­tions should be given a chance to prove if al­le­ga­tions against in­di­vid­u­als are true or not,” Wa­matangi said.

He urged Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta to elim­i­nate cor­rupt car­tels from the gov­ern­ment. The mem­ber of the Sen­ate Pub­lic Ac­counts and In­vest­ment Com­mit­tee said county cor­rup­tion must also be in­ves­ti­gated thor­oughly.

He urged agen­cies with county over­sight man­date to pre­vent loot­ing of funds. “Devo­lu­tion is at risk since re­ports by the Au­di­tor Gen­eral have shown il­le­gal pro­cure­ment and waste of tax­pay­ers’ money,” Wa­matangi said.

He re­jected ac­cu­sa­tions by some gover­nors that PAC is per­se­cut­ing coun­ties, say­ing it is man­dated to en­sure county re­sources are man­aged prop­erly. “We’re not witch-hunt­ing gover­nors. The com­mit­tee asks ques­tions based on au­dit queries,” Wa­matangi said.

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