NCCK in radical proposal on graft
The National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) has proposed a one-year amnesty for corrupt individuals to surrender illegally acquired funds.
This is one of its most recent radical proposals to deal with graft.
Those who fail to take up the offer, the church said, should be jailed for life and the funds they acquired corruptly recovered.
“Offering this amnesty will provide a critical incentive for beneficiaries of corruption to repent, speed up justice for Kenyans who have suffered on account of corruption and enable us clean up our past,” NCCK General Secretary Rev Canon Peter Karanja (above) told journalists in Limuru after a two-day meeting.
NCCK said the amnesty deal should only cover the one-year period and those who engage in graft after the period, even if they had repented and returned stolen wealth, should be punished.
The team also called for the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission, a body they said had become a toothless dog, to be stripped off its powers to investigate, and instead have those powers vested in the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, with the Director of Public Prosecutions tasked with taking corrupt individuals to court.
Without naming individuals, the NCCK also called for the resignation of government officials who were at the helm of the National Youth Service in the reported Sh9 billion scandal, those in the Health docket in the Sh5 billion scandal, and governors manning various counties and who have been implicated in corruption.
“Corruption must attract speedy, visible, public and effective consequences regardless of who engages in it so that all people realise that their corruption, cheating, stealing and abuse of office are expensive undertakings.”