Uhuru not happy with graft war pace

Wednesday January 14 2015

President Uhuru Kenyatta has asked Kenyans to showcase their best during US leader Barack Obama’s visit from Friday to Sunday. PHOTO | FILE |

President Uhuru Kenyatta has asked Kenyans to showcase their best during US leader Barack Obama’s visit from Friday to Sunday. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

BERNARD NAMUNANE
By BERNARD NAMUNANE
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President Uhuru Kenyatta has faulted agencies tasked with fighting corruption, top State Law Office sources said.

The Head of State is unhappy with the failure to arrest and prosecute perpetrators regardless of their ranks.

Sources revealed that the President met Attorney-General Githu Muigai, Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission Chairman Mumo Matemu and Director for Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko at Harambee House in Nairobi to express his dissatisfaction.

The meeting which lasted for more than four hours was attended by Chief of Staff and Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua. Mr Kenyatta is understood to have said that he is no satisfied with the rate at which the three state agencies are dealing with corruption.

“The President called the meeting to make clear his impatience and to see how the parties involved in fighting corruption can improve.

“He was absolutely unhappy with the pace of fighting the vice,” the source said.

IMPATIENT

Mr Kenyatta is said to have told Prof Muigai, Mr Matemu and Mr Tobiko that the public is getting impatient with the failure by the government to arrest and prosecute individuals, within and outside government, who are preying on funds meant for development.

“The President said the perception by Kenyans has to change and that this can only be done if agencies tasked with combat corruption take action,” the source said.

Perhaps, that is the reason President Kenyatta came out strongly on Tuesday—a day after the meeting—to warn public officers against engaging in corruption.

“We will show no mercy to any individual no matter their rank,” he said in Korogocho, Nairobi.

He warned public officers who are sleeping on their jobs that they would be sacked.

“All government officers and politicians who receive money from taxpayers should know that this is the year to deliver.

“If you cannot do that, please quit because there are many other competent people who can perform the job,” Mr Kenyatta said.