Mudavadi wants MPs to withdraw Bills allowing graft convicts to run for office
Secretary Musalia Mudavadi has urged Homa Bay MP Peter Kaluma and his Mbeere
counterpart Geoffrey Ruku to retract Bills they have introduced in Parliament
which aim to amend anti-corruption and economic crimes legislation.
Kaluma is seeking
to water down the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act of 2003 by deleting
Section 64 of Chapter Six of the Constitution, which bars corruption and
economic crimes convicts from holding public office.
He argues that a convicted person will have already served the punishment hence the 10-year ban is
legislation, on the other hand, seeks to decriminalize specific facets of
public procurement, property disposal, contract tendering and expenditure.
Both bills are
titled the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Amendment Bill, 2023.
Tuesday during the launch of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission's
(EACC) five-year Strategic Plan for the 2023-2028 period, Mudavadi labeled
the Bills as regressive, adding that they have the potential to reverse the
progress achieved in the fight against corruption.
changes are accepted, these bills will open the door for individuals with
corruption histories to hold public office and offer significant leniency to
those inclined to corrupt practices within the private sector," said
kindly request the two Members of Parliament to consider withdrawing their
Bills. We must remember that we can only defeat corruption if we stand together
in unity of purpose and effort."
The Prime CS
likewise called on Parliament to expedite the passage of the Conflict of
Interest Bill, 2023 that was approved by the Cabinet in February, emphasizing that it
will play a significant role in curbing corruption.
seeks to provide a framework for the management of conflict of interest on the
part of State and Public Officers arising from the discharge of their official
duties," he said.
introduces strong legal safeguards against the real, apparent, or potential
conflict between the private interests of public servants on one hand, and the
public interest and their official duties on the other hand.”
that the Bill has undergone its First Reading before Parliament and is now in
the process of advancing to the Second Reading.
request that the House fast-track this," he said.
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