BY PASCAL MWANDAMBO
Former outspoken anti-graft czar John Githongo and economist David Ndii have accused the Jubilee government of failing to address rampant corruption in the country which they say could derail the implementation of devolution.
Mr Githongo said any attempts to sabotage devolution would take the country back to the bad old days when virtually all development policies were made by the Government in Nairobi.
“The government has allowed corruption and tribalism to take root in the country which could destabilize the economy. This has led to political rifts between leaders,” said the former anti-graft czar.
Githongo made the remarks yesterday when he addressed members of the Taita-Taveta county Assembly in Wundanyi sub-county.
He lamented that despite the changes that came with the new constitution which underscore the virtues of integrity and accountability, tribalism remained the biggest obstacle in achieving these values.
He mentioned the Euro Bond saga, the NYS and the Chicken Gate scandals as some of the pointers of rampant corruption that could frustrate devolution in the country.
He warned that unless these pertinent and fundamental issues were not addressed there might erupt violence in next year’s polls.
“Even the technical teams in these departments cannot give comprehensive answers on how these funds were used. The United Kingdom has imprisoned some company officers for bribing IEBC officials yet we are yet to do anything here,” he said.
He warned politicians against holding the country hostage especially during the campaign period which could deal blow to the face of development.
“We have elections coming next year and ever since the beginning of multi-party system every election where a sitting president is defending his seat we experience tribal violence,” he warned.
Mr Githongo said counties can offer critical solutions through accountability to the people.
“Some of the answers are here because you are very powerful politicians. You interact with the people more so the answers to some of the national problems are here,” he told the MCAs.
Speaking during the meeting, economist David Ndii, said the country needs a national conversation that that would bring change of the governance structure.
Mr Ndii who is the managing director of African Economics argued that the country lost the Uganda Pipeline deal to Tanzania due to corruption and political instability.
“The truth is that investors did not have confidence with us because of such issues. Our neighbor Tanzania is more mature in politics than us and this will cost us economically,” he said.
He said unless the country changes its political culture then the institutions that were structured to make the economy thrive will not work.
“We need to change this structure of the governance that creates a social class of people governing others. We should modernize our political culture to catch up with institutions that we have designed as a country,” said Ndii.
The government has allowed corruption and tribalism to take root in the country which could destabilize the economy. This has led to political rifts between leaders.