By Abdi Mohamed Golo:
The national and county Governments is plagued by cronyism, leaders who rewrite constitutions to extend term limits in both houses and downwards to counties, fragile democracies captured by special interests create a climate where corruption flourishes and impunity prevails.
Impunity feeds grand corruption as evidenced in NYS and many others unreported in the counties: the abuse of high-level power that benefits the few at the expense of the many, causing serious and widespread harm to individuals and society both in the national and county government.
My conscious tells me as citizen “Don’t let them get away with it!” for those who let the thieves, criminals and others who steal national wealth, enable organized economic crime to flourish and provide safe haven for them.
Corruption is the enemy of development, and of good governance. It must be getting rid of. Both the government and the people at large must come together to achieve this national and county objective. My reservation of devolution and devolved corruption is waste of time and resources for 47 counties for reasons of sustainability.
My concise tell me that Public property has the same standing with me as that of an orphan; if it is much, it must be conserved, and if it is little, it must be used with care and caution which is never the case in Kenya today.
In Kenya, today we see that corruption manifests itself at the highest levels of political power and business. And more so corruption is devolved to 47counties it is essential to ensure that investigative and judicial bodies remain independent and autonomous. It is essential that threats against civil society be stopped and the voice of the people encouraged fighting this menace in Kenya.
The Ibos of Nigeria says that there’s no way a bird flies in the sky and the earth fail to see its belly and in relation to governance we all see what is going with the disturbing trends of corruption and people should agitate for change.
In politics, in education, in business, in the media, in sport, at the national level, county level and in global institutions, corruption denies people a voice. It worsens lives and muzzles justice.
It takes courage and collective action/responsibility to ensure that those with power who commit crimes are brought to justice. People in government, civil society, the private sector, young people and social innovators must join to build innovative anti-corruption, transparency and accountability solutions to end impunity and corruption at the national and county levels
If the powerful and corrupt cartels are allowed escaping justice we risk the collapse of the rule of law and the ultimate disintegration of society. We risk losing the fight against corruption. We need a culture of integrity in all sectors of society to achieve sustained, positive change.
As a country we need people with integrity taking action together against impunity that enables the spread of grand corruption. There is no either-or relationship between systemic reforms and no impunity, a lack of reform will only encourage the corrupt to flourish.
Numerous actions to prevent corruption, are- corrupt not only feel the full force of the law but fully repay their debts to society. Asset recovery is essential because it restores the trust of the people and constitutes a sanction that reduces the incentive for corruption and at the same time compensates for the damage caused and this should be the way forward for Kenya now.
Secondly, stronger legal frameworks and an enhanced rule of law create more equal access to justice which is an essential component of citizens’ trust in the functioning of the state. And audit of wealth for all those working in county and national government. People had no wealth and 2 years after devolution they are “Sonkos” of villages and towns,
Thirdly, Returning stolen assets to their original purposes, often serving to compensate victims also restore peoples’ trust in the justice system.
In my opinion Grand corruption should become a crime of international law. This will enable international institutions and alliances to prosecute offenders, as well as develop additional international mechanisms to apprehend, prosecute, judge, and sentence those who have committed crimes of grand corruption. And in this way if courts like Hague Kenyans will toe the line and know is not time to eat always.
Every man, every woman who has to take up the service of government, must ask themselves two questions: ‘Do I love my people in order to serve them better? Am I humble and do I listen to everybody, to diverse opinions in order to choose the best path?’ If you don’t ask those questions, your governance will not be good.
On procurement and contracts the establishment of a national and county database may be a good idea for exhibiting transparent procurement processes. The national and county government can implement e-procurement portal website displaying all tenders to be advertised along with the details that go with them. “This means that all suppliers are no longer traveling across the country looking for tender information.”
In addition to the competitive bids on e-procurement portal, the public and suppliers can monitor government through the published procurement plans contained on the same page. “With the supplier database all transparency in the awarding of government contracts.This will minimize the corruption.
Good governance is essential to achieve development while true participatory democracy ensures that development is equitable and sustainable. Public institutions need to be able to manage public resources and conduct public affairs in a manner that is free of corruption and abuse that upholds the rule of law and that protects and promotes the realization of the rights of its people.
The true measure of good governance is the ability of a government to realize people’s human rights and deliver sustainable and equitable development. Good governance is derived through transparency, accountability, participation and responsiveness to the needs of the poor, marginalized and underrepresented groups
The writer is a Nep Journal columnist and a Doctor in Forensic Mental health who lives in Toronto, Canada