NCCK in rad­i­cal pro­posal on graft

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - NATIONAL NEWS - BY PATRICK LANG’AT

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.”

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