NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 2 – Ghai! Is how President Uhuru Kenyatta expressed his visible frustration at the, “political games,” played with corruption when he questioned, at a State House Summit on accountability, what other action he could be expected to take against the vice.
On Wednesday former Justice Minister Martha Karua and the NARC Kenya party she leads took it upon themselves to make a few suggestions in light of the suspected scams that came to light in the wake of his pronouncement.
Speaking on behalf of the party, Karua, “demanded,” that the list of the special interest group registered companies that have benefitted from the Access to Government Opportunities (AGPO) which President Kenyatta has championed, be made public after it emerged that his sister and cousin could have unfairly won tenders from the Ministry of Health under the scheme.
“If the government is serious in fighting corruption, it’s only by bearing all by henceforth putting all tendering details online including the names of the Company Directors and their locations because some of these companies are briefcase companies.
“We do not want to wait for another scandal to come up, we might be able to see that a company receiving as little as Sh41 million has received cumulatively in excess of a billion shillings if they’re added up… can we have all the procurement information online, we will do the addition ourselves.”
Her comments were also informed by revelations made by one Josephine Kabura when she appeared before the Parliamentary Accounts Committee of the National Assembly on Tuesday and testified that she had made billions from the government without having to competitively tender for government contracts or pay taxes through the aforementioned ‘briefcase’ companies.
“You saw yesterday in Parliament the ever unfolding NYS scandal, how 20 companies (Kabura’s) would receive Sh1.6 billion in four months,” Karua referrenced.
And while Karua and the wider NARC Kenya leadership said their demands were made in the interest of the greater good, they did not pass up to the opportunity to question what the latest suspected scams say about President Kenyatta’s leadership given his statements at the State House Summit on accountability.
“The President at the last State House Summit asked what we want him to do, as NARC Kenya we have told him what to do.”
The party, led by Karua, also questioned the President’s handling of the Ministry of Health affair from whence Sh5 billion is suspected to have been looted arguing that his failure to take swift action against those implicated was in itself, complicity.
“The Presidency shows contempt for Kenyans by letting junior officers handle very serious matters,” Karua said in reaction to the State House spin machine that has taken on the allegations.