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PUBLIC ACTION AGAINST MINDLESS THEFT AND WASTE OF STATE RESOURCES:
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PUBLIC ACTION AGAINST MINDLESS THEFT AND WASTE OF STATE RESOURCES:

A Statement Issued by the Kenyan CSOs on November 1, 2016
Since independence, Kenyan public has been treated to a cocktail of abominable theft, plunder,
squander and waste of public resources, while the institutions tasked with the mandate to probe
and deal with the said scandals have repeatedly sanctified the same. Bailed as the most corrupt
and unaccountable administration in Kenya’s political history so far, the Jubilee regime’s 4 years
in power has been characterized by rampant, reckless and mindless looting and
misappropriation of state coffers.
The situation in the country remains so grave and dire that the official Auditor General’s report
for 2015 found that just 1% of Kenya government spending and a quarter of the entire 1.6
trillion shillings budget was properly accounted for. Current reports indicate that Kenya loses
approximately 600Billion shillings out of its annual budget of 2 trillion (close to 30%) through
wanton theft and waste. Imagine what this amount could do in supporting health care for the
poor, provision of quality basic education, clean water or employment for our youth?
Specifically, the Kenyan CSOs note with concern the following systemic and vicious failures of
the political establishments, both at the national and county levels: That as noted by John
Githongo, a prominent anti-corruption crusader, “corruption in Kenya has deepened and widened
since President Uhuru Kenyatta came to power in 2013”.

1. Mega scams such as the National Youth Service Saga, “Chicken Gate” Scandal; land
grabbing; flawed tendering in the Multi-Billion Standard Gauge Railway; Misappropriation
of devolved funds and current Afya House Scandal in the Ministry of Health among others
remain unsolved. That majority of those adversely mentioned in the above scams are either
close associates or relatives of senior state/public officers thus deepening vested interests and
political complicity.
2. That the institutions mandated to provide leadership in the fight against corruption have
terribly failed to live up to the Kenyan public expectation; from the presidency, Judiciary,
Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, office of the Director of Public Prosecution, Office
of the Attorney General.
3. That the president has failed to demonstrate genuine, bold and effective political will and
leadership to combat corruption over the years. His admission of inability to battle graft in a
recent state house anti-corruption summit sums it all.
4. That the judiciary has failed to put in places mechanisms to expedite corruption related cases.
As a result such cases take too long in courts. This has delayed justice and only encouraged
corruption to thrive.
5. That the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission has failed to effectively and independently
deliver on its key mandate; law enforcement, investigation and corruption prevention in the
discharge of its functions. This has rendered the institution a friendly environment for the
corrupt. In fact on many occasions the EACC has sanitized the corrupt.
6. That most of the alleged grand corruption prime suspects have been exonerated through a
sham process while those who have not been exonerated have not been prosecuted either but
remain free to enjoy their loot.
7. That most of the state/public officers who have declared their wealth have done so in private,
thus without adequate public disclosure. This is a precedence set by the presidency hence
incapacitating the public to hold both state and public officers accountable for their wealth.
8. That the government has failed to demonstrate greater transparency in procurement processes
by not publicizing information on tender analysis, detailed contractor profiles including list
of directors, engagement contracts, project implementation plans, bills of quantities and other
related information.
It’s in response to the president’s admission of helplessness, his inability to act, and the
failure by the different state agencies to admit responsibility in the midst of wanton theft of
state resources, that the Kenyan Civil Society is calling a national mass demonstration to
demand for urgent and systematic actions against mega corruption in Kenya.
a) The demonstration will take place on Thursday (03/11/2016) from freedom corner and will
end with a submission of a petition with a Demand List to the president.
b) The Demand List will capture the practical actions that the President should implement in
line with his legal and political mandate and obligations.
c) We therefore call upon the public and the media to turn up for the demonstration. We also
request members of the public to come dressed in red and carry a whistle and the Kenyan
flag.

We have planned sustained political actions to ensure zero tolerance to and increased
accountability for public theft in Kenya. For further details; please contact:
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