Action must be taken on all public officers mentioned over corruption

As a Kenyan in the diaspora, I am indeed saddened by the way my country Kenya is sinking so quickly into the pool of corruption.

The stories we read from the media and other sources on how our beloved country has become a hotbed of corruption is sickening.

Millions of taxpayers’ shillings that were supposed to improve infrastructure, including the bad road to my village in Kainuk, Turkana, have been diverted by those in government to their own pockets.

To add injury to economic insult, my poor mother and the rest of the Kenyan people will have to dig deeper into their already overburdened pockets to finance extra corruption-spiced grand projects.

I request the man in charge, my president, Mr Uhuru Kenyatta, to act quickly by sacking the Devolution Cabinet secretary and allowing the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate the many scandals in this ministry.

It is sad indeed to know that a biro pen can cost Sh8,000.

Mr President, you need to act with the speed that this matter deserves or else your corrupt government will direct our decision on how we vote in the coming elections.

I am among the many young people who voted for you and your government in 2013 but now I am a very disappointed Kenyan.

You are left with only one option; that you act by sacking all those involved in corruption scandals in your government.

It is high time that you, as the President, accepted that corruption is a national disaster and that you should act with speed to reverse this worrying trend of State officers emptying the national treasury in the name of corruption.

We are watching closely your next actions, Mr President!

WILLIAM ERIMOI, Leicester City, United Kingdom

Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru’s insistence that she is not to blame for the corruption cases facing her ministry because she was neither the accounting officer nor the authority to incur expenditure (AIE) holder show that she is ignorant of her role.

Ms Waiguru should understand that her colleagues who were suspended were also not accounting officers or AIE holders.

What is so special about this CS that even the latest development cannot move the President and his deputy to act?

She should stop playing with the minds of Kenyans and instead step aside to pave the way for investigations.

The continued silence of President Uhuru Kenyatta over the serious corruption cases facing Ms Waiguru is puzzling.

It beats logic when the President asks other Cabinet secretaries to resign for being mentioned over small matters but Ms Waiguru, whose ministry has lost millions of shillings through shady deals, stays put.

The Jubilee government should remember that the continued stay of Ms Waiguru in office could cost it the next election.

Part of the coalition is not happy that some Cabinet secretaries were suspended for minor allegations while Ms Waiguru is still in office even after failing to account for millions of shillings.

The President should tell Ms Waiguru to step aside instead of waiting for MPs to humiliate her and the top leadership through the impending vote of no confidence.

The President should dispel the notion that some ministers are more important than others by suspending Ms Waiguru.

JOHN KIPKEBUT, Ravine

There is a lot of talk about corruption that I find quite pointless.

We make noise about corruption but have absolutely no intention of doing anything about it.

And let us be honest, what law in Kenya would make a corrupt individual think twice about stealing?

If you dishonestly acquire Sh800 million of taxpayers’ money, what is the worst thing that can happen to you?

The media exposes you. The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission then calls you in for questioning.

A court case follows, perhaps. Maybe, though unlikely, you will see the inside of a prison cell for a period that rarely exceeds four years.

Therein lies the problem. Whatever happens, you will (after your legal fees) remain with a fairly large chunk of the money you dishonestly acquired to enjoy and bequeath as you see fit.

In other words, corruption in Kenya pays. What we need to do is to make corruption pay dearly.

SOURCE: DAILY NATION