Lobby groups now want Uhuru to quit over failure to end graft


Tens of human rights lobby groups led by the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) are now demanding the immediate resignation of President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy for alleged complacency in dealing with ‘increased’ looting of public resources.

The groups claim the President’s admission of helplessness, inability to act and the failure by different state agencies to deal firmly with the theft of public resources is a clear indication of defeat to the executive.

While addressing the press today at the Panafric Hotel, KHRC deputy executive director Davis Malombe said the executive has failed to show any political goodwill in the fight against graft which has now left Kenya at the mercies of cartels.

He says that the civil societies will sustain action beginning Thursday where they will stage a demonstration to State House to demand action from the Head of State.

On their list of demand will be the tax compliance certificates of all elected leaders, their declaration of wealth and all business they own or are shareholders.

They are now appealing to all Kenyans to join them to detest the acts of plunder and blatant theft of their taxes.

Their plea comes in the wake of an alleged Sh5 billion scandal unearthed at Afya House that has led to an uproar by the citizenry.

“During the last State House Summit the president said he had done all he could about corruption. We want him to resign immediately as he has terribly failed us,” Malombe demanded.

He added: “We are staging a demonstration on Thursday from freedom Corner to Statehouse with a demand list to the executive.”

Activist Bonface Mwangi said that President Uhuru Kenyatta has earned himself a self-entitlement leading to his inability to steer the country out of corruption.

According to Mwangi the country has lost close to Sh680 billion, a third of the country’s budget, to bandits in the economy.

“Current reports show that we have lost a third of our budget to this corrupt individuals. I want to assure Kenyans things will not be the same again from Thursday,” he said.

Mega scams including the NYS scandal, Chikengate, land grabbing, flawed tendering of the SGR and the recent Afya House scandal remain unresolved.

During the State House summit last month, President Uhuru Kenyatta said he had done all he can do and instead passed the blame to independent institutions which he accused of failure in their roles.

“It is in response to the President’s admission of helplessness and inability to act that we the civil society will be marching to direct him,” added Mwangi.

But the lobbies singled out the EACC as the weakest point in the fight which they now want overhauled.

“EACC has failed to independently execute its mandate rendering it as a friendly environment for the corrupt. It always sanitizes the corrupt,” Mwangi said.

Other civil society groups present included Transparency International, Bunge la Wananchi among others.


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