Corruption, embezzlement, and misappropriation of funds are the driving forces behind the disagreement amongst government officals in Kenya. The President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta made an announcement to initiate plans to bring anti- corruptionto an end. The spokesman for Kenyatta, Manoah Esipisu says that governors are held to a much higher standard, because they ultimately have supreme power over huge volumes of public currency.
The President says that the figure heads involved in the corruption need to step down. Titles and positions are not an excuse to commit crimes, or violate the public’s trust, the President reiterated. Being a leader does not absolve anyone, especially those in powerful positions, from due process of the law.
President Kenyatta’s second State of the Nation Address, was heard in both Parliament Houses. The President presented a corruption list which names all the officers that are involved in an ongoing investigation. Two of the officers works in Government Legislature and Executive office positions.
The Council of Governors did not agree with President Kenyatta’s request for some officials to step aside and allow the investigations to proceed. The council stated that the allegations made by President Kenyatta have no basis.
The statement implies that all levels of government, even those in high positions have questionable reputations relating to integrity. The President was quoted as saying, “Election does not, and is not intended to, confer a license to loot. Politicians should not imagine that they can choose when to be bound by the law, and when to follow their fancy.”
Some MPs sent out warnings concerning the “list of shame”, as the “list” has already prompted the resignations of a few in public service. Some Members of Parliament are questioning the validity of President Kenyatta’s so-called corruption list, stating that the President failed to include the roles played by the commissioners.