Nairobi, Kenya – 7th October, 2015: A group of civil society organisations under the umbrella of The Devolution Forum (TDF) have today presented a memorandum to the Senate calling on its members to reject a constitutional amendment bill which will direct the equalisation fund to the constituency under the management of members of parliament.
The Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) (NO.2) Bill, 2013 seeks to amend Article 204 -2 and 3(b) of the constitution.
Transparency International Kenya through the Advocacy and Legal Advisory Centre, Eldoret, participated in Law Society of Kenya’s legal awareness week that was held at the Eldoret Law Courts on 29th Sep 2015.
TI-Kenya engages the public through a variety of ways aimed at ensuring that the public understands the full meaning of corruption and can take action to curb it.
Advocacy and Legal Advisory Centres are walk-in, call-in or mail in centres where a citizen can obtain free and confidential advice on corruption cases.
The constitution introduced a new legal framework and institutions to ensure transparency, accountability and public participation in management of public finances.
The new dispensation provided a way to involve ordinary Kenyans in the budget making process, a complete turnaround form the situation pre- 2010, where the budget making process was the work of a select few.
Policy briefs on whistleblower protection in Kenya!
In Kenya, there are various laws that have a bearing on whistleblowing. Such laws aim at reducing corruption and encouraging good governance. They assure any person who is a witness to a crime, protection from retaliation by those mentioned.
These laws however do not prioritise whistleblowing and hence, no single law or institution established under these laws has promoted a culture of whistleblowing in Kenya to ensure that vices that are obstacles to Kenya’s socio-economic development are eliminated.
By N’kweli Riziki Maku
Ufisadi mi nanena, tunaufanyia nini,
Twafundisha na wana, shuleni na majumbani,
Jambo hili linafana, Kanisani ta kazini,
Ufisadi hu’ jamani, naomba si’ tuacheni.
Transparency International Kenya through the Advocacy and Legal Advisory Centre, Eldoret held public forums and mobile aid clinics in Chagaiwa Uasin Gishu County and Kaiboi, Nandi County on Corruption and Anti-Corruption strategies on 11th and 12th Sep 2015.
The public forums and legal aid clinics were conducted to build the capacity of residents to recognize and fight corruption in their respective areas.
Transparency International Kenya through the Advocacy and Legal Advisory Centre, Nairobi conducted three public forums in Maili Tisa, Ibissil and Kajiado town in Kajiado County between the 3rd to 5th September, 2015.
The public forums were held to sensitise residents about the structure of the devolved government, the role of each elected leader under the devolved system and the strategies that communities can employ to engage their elected representatives.
Participants also got to learn civilian oversight, corruption and anti-corruption strategies, the role of elected leaders under the devolved system, and reporting of corruption, maladministration and human rights abuses.
José Carlos Ugaz, the Chair of Transparency International’s Board of Directors addressed a public lecture at Strathmore University on Thursday, 16th July 2015.
The subject of the lecture was 'Grand corruption, transnational bribery and no impunity'
A lawyer by training, Mr. Ugaz served as Ad-Hoc State Attorney of Peru and prosecuted several top-level corruption cases. Most notably, he was instrumental in the corruption case against former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori and Vladimiro Montesinos, the former head of the country’s intelligence services.
With Kenya allocating over Ksh 291 billion to counties in the 2015/2016 financial year coupled with reports that resources are not being applied according to the law, the importance of participation of citizens in the budget making process is becoming clearer by the day.
TI-Kenya’s Anne Wagacha spoke to Jason Lakin, the Country Manager, Kenya, at International Budget Partnership about his experience and insight on budget making in Kenya.