Referendum will strengthen the war on graft

SIRANGA, UGENYA 
 
ODM Legislators now want stronger laws that will ensure the war on corruption is won.
Senate Minority Leader James Orengo and his National Assembly counterpart John Mbadi who is also the Party National chairman said there is need to amend the law to give more teeth to Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) if the war on graft is to be won.
Addressing a campaign rally for the party candidate in Ugenya Mr Christopher Karan at Siranga in Ukwala today, the leaders said corruption was a threat to the growth of the country's economy hence the need for concerted efforts to eliminate the vice.
"We need this referendum. It is high time we amended the law to give more powers to the government agencies charged with the responsibility of dealing with corruption without any manipulation" said Mbadi.
He added that the country's economy was doing badly as a result of a few powerful individuals who want to use their positions to frustrate efforts to fight corruption.
"They have looted this country to the core and now they want to use their positions to have their cronies bring bills to Parliament to fight the agencies fighting corruption, I want to them tell today, bring it on".
Mr Mbadi reiterated that ODM Leader and the party are working closely with the President in the interest of the nation. "We have to work together to build this country and protect it from thieves. Anybody not interested in the unity of the country is an enemy of the people of Kenya" said the Suba South Lawmaker.
Mr Orengo said the war on corruption had been politicised by people fighting the hand shake because of the fear of the unknown. "The law is clear on what should be done on people involved in economic crimes. The institutions charged with the responsibility to fight corruption must be allowed to do their job without interference and intimidation", he added.
The Senator of Siaya County accused some powerful individuals in Jubilee of working day and night to frustrate the war on corruption. "We must have the referendum to amend the law to give room for a successful fight against corruption", said the Senator.
He said Kenya needs working systems that will make it easier for the government to win the war on corruption. "They think the hand shake is to deny them leadership. No. We are working together with President Uhuru Kenyatta to make Kenya better than we found it" he added.
Gem MP Elisha Odhiambo and his Funyula counterpart Dr. Oundo Midenyo said the war on corruption will only be won if President Uhuru Kenyatta puts his feet firm on the ground and calls a spade a spade and not a big spoon.
"The President should not spare anyone even if it is his closest ally as he said while in Namibia last week" said Mr Odhiambo.
The leaders who also included Nominated legislator Prof. Jacqueline Oduol and Bondo MP Dr. Gideon Ochanda drummed up support for Mr Karan whom they described as a dedicated leader who has the interest of the people of Ugenya at heart. 
The by election in Ugenya and Embakasi South in Nairobi will be held this Friday 5th of April. 
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P.A.Etale 
Director of Communications.
1/04/19

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