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Nairobi – Wednesday 09 December 2015- Civil Society Organisations have placed the Government on notice of their intention to privately prosecute individual public servants and state officials holding unretired imprests, allowances and cash advances 

 

Access to information is fundamental in a society that is governed by the rule of law. For the reason that governments hold information in trust in behalf of citizens, it follows that citizens have the right of access to the information held by the State.

In this issue of 'Adili', we delve into the nitty gritties of access to information in Kenya, why Kenya Kenya needs an access to information law in Kenya sooner rather than later as well as the importance of an Access to information law vital in helping public servants perform their duties and Kenyans in pushing for accountability.

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Transparency International Kenya in partnership with the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance convened a workshop in Nairobi to discuss and agree on Kenya’s position for the upcoming 21st session of the Conference of Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The workshop was held on Wednesday, 18th November 2015 and was attended by the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Environment Prof. Judy Wakhungu, Transparency International Kenya’s Executive Director , Samuel Kimeu and Pan African Climate Justice Alliance Executive Director, Mithika Mwenda.  

TI Kenya empowers residents of Turbo Bugar and Kitale learn about how to hold their leaders to account

 Transparency International Kenya’s Advocacy & Legal Advisory Centre, Eldoret held public forums and mobile clinics in Turbo in Uasin Gishu County, Bugar Centre in Elgeiyo Marakwet County and St Immaculate Conception Catholic Parish Church in Kitale, Trans Nzoia County in the month of November 2015.

The forums, held between 12 and 14th November 2015, were held to empower residents about fight against corruption and the citizen participation in curbing corruption.

TI-Kenya aims empowering citizens to know their constitutional rights and hold their elected leaders responsible for application of public resources. 

PRESS RELEASE

Nairobi, Kenya – 17th November, 2015:  Recent action against officials implicated in corruption and other economic crimes is welcome progress in the fight against corruption in Kenya. 

The arrest and imminent court appearance of Planning Principal Secretary Peter Mangiti, NYS Director General Nelson Githinji as well as the chief executives of Geothermal Development Company (GDC), the Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC), the National Water Conservation and Pipeline Corporation (NWCPC) and other officers of these institutions is a good first step in the path towards eliminating corruption in public service in Kenya. 

We now call for the full application of the law once these officers are charged in court.

By Henry Maina, Irũngũ Houghton and Samuel Kimeu

Media.JPGThe recent arrest and detention of Nation Media Group’s Parliamentary Affairs Editor, Mr. John Ngirachu, for allegedly reporting on privileged information is unconstitutional, in bad taste and designed to intimidate the media from covering the issue of corruption in government.

According to Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery, this privileged information was obtained from an in-camera session before the Parliamentary Accounts Committee when the Cabinet Secretary Nkaissery was responding to questions over irregular payments amounting to KES 3.8 billion in his ministry. 

From a freedom of expression and freedom and independence of the media perspective, the arrest, and detention of Mr. Ngirachu as well as the subsequent statement issued by Cabinet Secretary Nkaissery is a source of great concern.

We interpret these actions as a threat to legitimate discussion in the media on the issue of corruption in Kenya.

Any society committed to fighting graft is alive to the importance of a free and independent media. A free press depends on the free flow of information from the media to the people and from the people to the media.

A JOINT PRESS STATEMENT BY CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS

Nairobi, Kenya – 5th November, 2015: Recent revelations of mismanagement of public resources in various ministries, departments, agencies and county governments call for swift and decisive action against individuals involved.

We recognise that we have laws against corruption and institutions that have been set up to lead in the fight against corruption.

34_residents_of_Nairobi_County_benefit_from_free_legal_assistance_on_corruption_related_cases.JPGTransparency International Kenya through the Advocacy and Legal Advisory Centre  and partner state agencies teamed up to conduct public education forums in Sinai and Mbotela in Nairobi County on the 8th and 9th of October 2015.

The public forums were organised to educate residents of Sinai and Mbotela about the structure of the devolved government as well as to give them information on corruption and anti-corruption strategies. 

The forums also included sessions to inform the participants about the roles of The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission(EACC), The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR), The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC)The Commission on Administrative Justice (CAJ), and The National Anti-Corruption Campaign Steering Committee(NACCSC) . 

By Peter Gathu and Henry Kahindi

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Access to information is fundamental in a society that is governed by the rule of law. For the reason that governments hold information in trust in behalf of citizens, it follows that citizens have the right of access to the information held by the State.

Access to timely and accurate information provides individuals with the knowledge required to participate effectively in the democratic processes in any democratic society. Access to information fosters openness and transparency in decision-making. An informed public is also likely to be vigilant against corruption within and outside of Government.

By Jackie Warui

Information Officer 2The free flow of information and ideas lies at the heart of the very notion of democracy.

In the absence of respect for the right of access to information, incidents of human rights abuse take place in secret, it becomes difficult to exercise the right to free and fair elections, and there is no way to expose corrupt, inefficient government and private entities. The right to freedom of information includes the right to seek, receive and impart information and ideas.

Central to the guarantee in practice of free flow of information and ideas is the principle that public bodies hold information not for themselves but on behalf of the public. These bodies hold a lot of information. If this information is held in secret, the right to access to information, guaranteed under international law as well as most constitutions is not respected.