Senators have called for more stringent laws to fight corruption, amid concerns that the vice has escalated.
While supporting a motion sponsored by Isaac Mwaura (nominated), they called for a more drastic approach which would include execution of those found guilty of corruption as the current laws have failed to curb the vice.
“We should change the law, the penal code to remedy this situation. People have been tried but no one has been found guilty. Those culpable should be taken to Uhuru Park to face the firing squad. It is not a laughing matter,” said Boniface Mutinda Kabaka (Machakos).
And while moving the motion, Mwaura lamented that the current efforts to fight graft were being frustrated by ineffective remedies.
“This country is suffering. We are treated to the theatre of the absurd where people can collude and conspire to steal from young people and walk scot free. It is blatant looting and those who steal public money become national heros. Those accused are acquitted and those grossly mentioned end up holding public office,” said Mwaura as he moved the motion.
But Leader of Minority James Orengo (Siaya) and Moses Wetang’ula (Bungoma) however, urged caution saying such measures as subjecting corrupt people to a firing squad might be misused to target innocent people.
“I want to challenge the Executive. This is organised crime. There are those who scheme during the budget making process and know Treasury in and out. I want to challenge the four leaders who stood up during the prayer breakfast, President Uhuru Kenyatta, Deputy President Uhuru Kenyatta, Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka, they are role models, they need personal review,” said Orengo.