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Activists want thorough vetting of leaders ahead of elections

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NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 9 – The National Civil Society Congress has called for more effective ways of vetting leaders interested in elective posts ahead of next year’s polls.

The Congress leader Morris Odhiambo on Sunday said that there is a real danger of those involved in corruption scandals to use their ill gotten wealth to win positions in the 2017 elections.

“It would be a good idea for example for the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) to provide information on whether the leader is paying taxes and Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) to provide details of whether the individual has any cases,” he said.

Odhiambo said leaders who have been involved in corruption scandals should not be allowed to seek for public office.

The lobby group has however, commended the judiciary for the proactive role they have played in convicting people accused of corruption in cases where proper investigations have been undertaken.

Several politicians, government officials including at the counties in various departments are facing charges in court while others have been convicted.

In Nyeri, three procurement managers were convicted last month for corruption-related offences.

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“These cases have further demonstrated how corruption has permeated county governments and proved that the Attorney General and the Controller of Budget are right when they reveal corruption within counties,” he added.

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