By Alex Kinyua
The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) has applauded President Uhuru Kenyatta for taking bold steps in the fight against corruption in the country.
“We commend President Kenyatta for taking the bold step and public officials adversely mentioned should immediately step aside pending investigations,” said LSK Chairperson Mr. Eric Mutua. He added that the war on graft must shift to top gear and requires unity and not for people to take sides or blame games.
The President yesterday directed that over 50 public officials step down from office pending investigations into corruption allegations raised against them. He issued the directive during the State of the Nation address in Parliament.
According to leaks from the report handed over to both Speakers of the National Assembly and the Senate, 175 state officials are set to step down following the directive. Public officials including Cabinet Secretaries, Governors and Principal Secretaries and Members of Parliament are among those mentioned in the report.
“LSK remains concerned that the Government paid out the Sh1.4 billion after the Office of the Attorney General acted unconstitutionally, illegally and unprofessionally,” Mr. Mutua said concerning the Anglo-Leasing saga.
“The AG appeared to have withdrawn instructions in December 2013 from foreign advocates before his office took over the conduct of the case on 20th December 2013,” Mr. Mutua added.
President Kenyatta said that investigations into the Anglo Leasing type contracts bore fruit but obstacles threaten the prosecution of the perpetrators.
By Alex Kinyua