Kenya Parliament Amends Law to Set Free Past Economic Criminals
Disastrous Week for Kenyan Tax Payer
Even before Kenyans have swallowed the bitter pill that is known as the PROJECT KTM – Consolidated Report (commonly referred to as Kroll Report), the Kenya Parliament has this week unashamedly given past corruption perpetrators a blanket amnesty for any corruption committed before and up to August 2003.
As if that was not enough, the same parliament has also awarded themselves a whopping KShs.333 million ‘winding up allowance’ that will see each of them paid KShs1.5 million at the end of the life of the current Parliament in December 2007. Kenyan legislators are among the best paid in the whole world.
The amendment motions passed by parliament on Thursday 6th September 2007 and moved by the Attorney-General and the Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs, includes an amnesty provision that has received little publicity and condemnation. It has also been largely ignored by the Kenyan online community. With a flick of the pen, parliament have now handed Targets 1 to 7 named in th Kroll Report a major lifeline to enjoy they ill gotten wealth. Kenyans have therefore no hope of ever recovering the looted funds. This amendment will bury also bury ‘in concrete’ all cases related to Goldenberg and the Anglo-Leasing scandals as well as those exposed the Ndung’u land report.
Civil society has rightly observed that amendments passed by parliament are a contradiction to President Kibaki’s inauguration speech and government policy,and will certainly make nonsense of the work of KACC Director – Justice Ringera – who has been trying very hard, albeit unsuccessfully, to justify his Kshs. 2million monthly salary since he was appointed.
This blog cannot wait for Kenyan voters to get rid of these MPs in the forthcoming general elections.