Kenyans have to face the reality. EACC is presently rudderless, with no leadership and no direction, aggravated by the recent political influence and interference.
Sadly, we have for all intents and purposes given up the war against corruption and the country will pay the price of this grave omission in the years to come.
Kenya’s Catholic Bishops have addressed the country’s unrelenting challenges on corruption which was the most talked about malaise in Kenya early this year, with almost daily headlines about new revelations and scandals.
Catholic bishops Friday criticised the government on the war on corruption and demanded a more aggressive approach to ensure those stealing taxpayers money are arrested and prosecuted.
They raised concerns that the anti-corruption drumbeats by President Uhuru Kenyatta, Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji and Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti were a gimmick intended to deceive Kenyans.
“We have allowed the dragon of corruption to pull us down to the point where we have accepted it to be our way of life. The scale and magnitude of the allegations of corruption reported in the media has reached alarming levels and this is threatening the fabric of the society,” Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) chairman Archbishop Philip Anyolo said in a statement.
Since the President’s State of the Nation address last month, there appears to be a climb-down from what had looked like a sustained crackdown on corruption.
Mr Ruto has particularly taken issue with Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) boss George Kinoti, whom he accuses of being used to fight him through “selective investigations”.
The President did not hide the fact that he had been under pressure to crack the whip. On the other hand, analysts did not hesitate to term sitting a lost opportunity.
Sources at the DCI revealed that while they had initially secured the President’s authority to do their work without any inhibition, they are still trying to come to terms with what the new reality portends for their work.
The presidential address has become the turning point in what may either see corruption completely rooted out or entrenched further in high places.
In 2017, President Uhuru on his inauguration as the fourth President had said that “Corruption will now cease to be a way of life in Kenya”.
A reality check, a year after the President’s remarks, indicates that Kenyans, in particular the parliamentarians, have not only given up the war on corruption but diluted the legal machinery to fight the ill.
And this we do at our national peril!