Monday, September 21, 2009

KACC: Prevent, Convict & Recover Assets vs Corruption

While many have focused on the kibz illegality (in spirit and law) in re-appointing Ringera, we've overlooked the criteria by which we should evaluate his tenure and KACC's in general. On this criteria, KACC either be closed or revamped as something completely different. Summarising KACC's functions leaves with3 core ones against which you can evaluate its success

  1. Prevention: by educating; campaigns; facilitating whistleblowing; following up and taking forward credible complaints of corruption. And probably the easiest, using the public wealth declaration forms to pursue GoK employees. Corruption is far worse now than it was in 2003 when KACC came into being. I know and I'm sure others know many who went to parliament in 2002 as paupers and are fabulously rich today. Murungaru is an example. He was facing an auction in October 2002, but today he is... So where is KACC?
  2. Convicting of the corrupt: This is more the role of the Ag and DPP, but do note that KACC has to present fool-proof evidence of corruption. Crucially, note that KACC can institute civil proceedings where it has evidence that taxpayers money has gone missing via corrupt actions. On either fronts, it has not done so. Even it has presented evidence, I believe only Margaret Gachara has ever been convicted of corruption and even in her case, KACC never went ahead to recover assets.
  3. Recover of Assets: Biggest failure in my books. From Goldenberg, Ndung'u commission, Anglo-Leasing there has been evidence that taxpayers money was diverted to private pockets. I believe Ksh78bn was mentioned for Goldenberg alone. Ksh4bn that it has recovered is probably what KACC has spent since 2003.

On the above criteria, its fairly obvious that KACC has failed and we need to move on...

5 comments:

Ssembonge said...

Early this month I came this close to telling Ringera off when I bumped into him at a social gathering. And this was before his re-appointment.

Kenyans have lost confidence in the government.

bankelele said...

ssembonge: was this a garden party at a lawyer's house?

bankelele said...

a harsh critique of ringera from sunday nation http://www.nation.co.ke/oped/Opinion/-/440808/656474/-/4nt3wj/-/index.html

Ssembonge said...

Banks, The host used to be a lawyer but it was not at a party.

MainaT said...

Ringera is of a sudden v arrogant. I guess kibz has given him the means...