Waki report to be discussed in Greece

October 27, 2008 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, October 28 – The Justice Philip Waki report on post-election violence is to be debated at a Pan African Conference on Anti-corruption scheduled for Thursday in Greece.

The African Parliamentarian Network Against Corruption (APNAC) Chairman Musikari Kombo told Capital News that the organization would strongly push for the full implementation of the Waki report during the conference.

He said failure to bring those implicated to face the law would be promoting the culture of impunity.

“We will take a very strong position. The Waki report must be implemented in its totality in order to get rid of impunity. Amnesty brings corruption,” he said, “it is out of impunity that people have grabbed land knowing nothing will happen to them.”

The nominated MP further said: “We will be in the eye of the storm, people will be talking of the Waki report and impunity. You are driving big cars and enjoying yourselves and the displaced persons are in squalor, those questions will be asked.”

Mr Kombo further said the Kenyan delegation will also be on the spot to explain the happenings of the 2007 elections in relation to democracy.

He further said the conference will be an opportunity for the Kenya delegation to pick new tools and tactics of fighting corruption.

“Things went wrong and we have not fought corruption with the vigour and promise we made, we are more on a learning mission than on trying to market Kenya as the centre for the fight against corruption. This time people will be asking what went wrong,” he said.

APNAC is made up of Parliamentarians from 22 African countries. 23 Kenyan MPs are members of the network, led by Mr Kombo and nominated MP Rachael Shebesh.

The theme of the Greece conference is environmental corruption which Mr Kombo said will see the issue surrounding Kenya’s largest water catchment area, the Mau Forest, being discussed.

Assistant Minister Ayiecho Olweny and Nominated MP Shakila Abdalla will accompany Mr Kombo for the four-day conference that kicks off on Thursday.

Officials from the Justice and Constitutional Affairs Ministry and the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission will also join them.

Mrs Shebesh will lead another team to the Global Organisation of Parliamentarians Against Corruption in Kuwait from November 16 to 19.

Its discussions will centre on money laundering.

ANPAC was started in 1999 and it has singled its commitment to fighting corruption in Africa.


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