Activists want President to walk the talk in graft war

The director of the Center for restoration of Human Rights and Democracy Kefa Were addressing journalists in Kitale during the commemoration of the international anticorruption day. Photo/Aspect News

President Uhuru Kenyatta has been accused of sabotaging the war against corruption in the country following a failure to swear in 41 judges saying this has affected efforts to fast track corruption related cases.

Reacting as the world commemorates the world anticorruption day, human rights activists in Trans Nzoia said the backlog of cases due to a limited number of judges is the weak link in the fight against graft.

“The president has been leading the war against graft but when he does not want to provide the necessary legal and infrastructural environment to actualize his dream,” the director of the Center for restoration of Human Rights and Democracy Kefa Were said.

Mr. Were also said the institution charged with the mandate of leading the war on corruption are ineffective since they lack the political goodwill required in ensuring no stones are left unturned in investigations.

“Those in charge of those institutions are appointed based on political connections and not an integrity record hence they can’t achieve much since they serve selfish interests of their masters,” he noted.

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The chairman of the Kiboroa squatters Ainea Masinde said there is a need to entrench the use of alternative land dispute resolution mechanisms to contain the high end corruption associated with the cases.

“Lands related cases attract the highest cases of corruption which see justice twisted in favour of highest bidders. Land resolution mechanisms should be set at village levels where elders can play a pivotal role,” said Mr. Masinde.

The chairman of the Kenya county government workers union in Trans Nzoia Samuel Kiboi blamed corruption within the public health sector as an impediment to provision of quality healthcare services in the region.

“Residents of Trans Nzoia have not enjoyed the gains of devolution with regard to health services since cartels have hijacked procurement and hiring processes within the sector where connections supersede public interest,” said Mr. Kiboi.