“ODM LEADER Odinga says a task force to end corruption will be established, and that claims he has been silent on recent scandals are untrue” (Nation Breaking News, 26.05.2018).
That Raila Odinga has today on the 26th May 2018 has said there is soon an established a new taskforce to combat corruption in Kenya. Well, I have my doubt about there mandate and their place in the hierarchy. That is the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Noordin Haji, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) Chairman Eliud Wabukala, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Joseph Boinnet, Director of Criminal Investigation (DCI) George Kinoti, Ombudsman and Auditor General (AG) Paul Kihara Kariuki,
That a proclaimed new task-force seems insane and outrages, like they are playing and toying around the subject. They already has the DPP, EACC, IGP, DCI, Ombudsman and the AG. All of these should have more than enough provisions and mandate to stop the grand corruption, the minor corruption and the petty theft from public institutions. However, seemingly all of these are just cashing in their checks and take the small fry. As the Jubilee Party and the government are to preoccupied with eating, to see that they are eating state services. This corruption is so grand and big, that the state services are failing because of it. While the state is adding more and more debt to cover the shortfall, which is created by the government itself and feeding itself.
All of these agencies, institutions and security organizations should have the ability to cover, find and build cases to get people detained and convicted for corrupt behavior. However, that is not in the interest of the party and the heads of the state. They cannot be taken and their elites, which is eating of the plate. Cannot be touched or be questioned for their mischief against the state. They are allowed to steal and take public funds for personal gain. That is the evident activity.
Therefore, with this in mind. It is foolish to add-on a Task-force in the midst of all these bodies. Where is the mandate, who is it running too and what sort of legal boundaries does it have? What is the provisions for its activity and jurisdiction? Will it answer to the AG, IGP, Ombudsman, DCI or the DPP for that matter? Or will it be a part of the EACC, which is such a soft gum-ball of a government institution.
That is why it is healthy to ask what will it do, that all of these others are not already involved in and who do they answer too? Are they blind muppets of the EACC or anyone of the other organizations? Since there are so many to be under and who just needs the provisions and the legal framework to allow the Task-Force to work under them. If not are it totally separate, will to actually investigate the lack of investigations inside the others as well?
I don’t have the answers, but I feel there should be enough legal investigatory bodies within the republic to get rid of corruption. If the will was there and if the will was really there, it should be enough. All of them should have the capacity, the ability and the legal standing to combat corruption. However, they are either gutted, silenced or not being used properly, because the elites, cartels and the ruling regime is stopping what they could expose. That is how it seemingly is and how it clearly is pushed.
That since they don’t have the ability to fight it within the bodies that are there, but it is really a sign of failure, when all of these are irrelevant and the government might start yet another one. What about the rest? Are they there for the pay-check and go home? Is that it?
That is how it seems. Peace.