Mudavadi cautions on approach to amnesty

August 23, 2008 12:00 am

, NAIROBI August 23 – Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi now says the issue of economic amnesty should be well debated before any definite decision can be made.

Mudavadi said Friday that there was need to seal legal loopholes that impede good governance so as to ensure that such vices did not recur in the country.

“This is something that we are going to debate on as a country for a while, because the message that comes out is that, for how long we are going to dwell on the past? We need to forge ahead,” said the Deputy Prime Minister (DPM).

The Local government Minister however noted that appropriate parameters ought to be put in place to ensure the intended purpose for amnesty is achieved.

“As a country we will have to determine what we want to achieve. Do we want to achieve restitution, punishment… and not recover anything? There are so many parameters and each circumstance is unique,” he said.

Fisheries Minister, Paul Otuoma on his part said that considering amnesty for economic crimes was the surest way out of the current quagmire occasioned by a clogged justice system.

“We need to evaluate and single out cases that can be justified by our rule of law system and if not, we don’t need to bog down our justice system which is already overburdened,” said Otuoma.
The two spoke after a launch of Mukumu Girls High School Alumni association; where they also urged government support for girl-child education in western province.

Their remarks came hot on the heels of the raging debate exacerbated by a proposition made by anti-graft czar, John Githongo on Wednesday, on return from  a 3-year self exile in the UK.

Githongo explained that the move would give the anti-graft war a big boost.

“There is need for amnesty for economic crimes and corruption, especially for those willing to make due redress and restitution to Kenyans that they have swindled wananchi (citizens), after public acknowledgement,” he said.

Performance Contracting

Meanwhile, on the issue of performance contracting, the DPM opined that signing performance contracts ought not to be seen as a competition in service delivery.

He said it should however be looked at as a tool for improving service delivery in the of public service adding that the same would not interfere with the independence of the judiciary as argued by a section of judicial officials.

Fisheries Minister Paul Otuoma speaking on the same issue said public servants have no choice but to sign performance contracts to ensure they deliver services to Kenyans.



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