By Alex Kinyua
President Uhuru Kenyatta today directed that all top public officials adversely mentioned in the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission graft scandals step aside to pave way for investigations. The President gave the directive during his address to the nation in a special Parliament sitting yesterday afternoon, saying that to fight the vice, individuals needed to be held responsible for their action therefore calling for the resignation of all those mentioned in the scandal.
“Today, I take the extraordinary step of attaching the afore-mentioned confidential report from the CEO of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission as an annex to my annual report on values to Parliament. Consequently, I hereby direct that all officials of the National and County Governments that are adversely mentioned in this report, whether you are a Cabinet Secretary, Principal Secretary, or Chief Executive of a state institution, to immediately step aside pending conclusion of the investigations of the allegations against them.”
This directive was greeted by a standing ovation by members of both Parliament and the Senate, acknowledging the president’s directive on the matter that has been bedeviling the country and vowed to support the efforts to eliminate the vice.
Top public institutions and state departments have recently been reported for alleged involvement in corruption scandals that largely tainted the image of the Jubilee Coalition thereby prompting unending cries from the public urging the President to act on the allegations.
Orange Democratic Movement, ODM, leader Raila Odinga, has in the past accused the Jubilee Government of harboring and protecting those behind corruption deals in the country adding that Kenyatta was incapable of handling the issue.
The President has however silenced his critics by issuing the directive, as he further urged the Judiciary and the Legislature to follow suit in implementing the order.
He also used the State of the Nation address to further review the security situation in the country, acknowledging the efforts that have been made by various security bodies in ensuring the country was safe.
“Security remains a significant issue in our country, as the Al-Shabaab still poses a great threat to our peace in the country. I, however, acknowledge the work done by our men and women in uniform, in making sure that we remain safe from the enemy.”
Kenyatta urged Kenyans to continue their peaceful coexistence, promising his government would remain committed to its development agenda.
Here is the list!
1. Cabinet Secretaries:
Michael Kamau (Transport)
Charity Ngilu (Lands)
Felix Koskei (Agriculture
Davis Chirchir (Energy)
2. Principle Secretaries:
And the list is endless…