BBI proposes to strengthen relevant institutions to fight graft

Written By: Jackie Wambiru
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The Building Bridges Initiative steering committee wants the fight against corruption intensified by strengthening the relevant institutions.

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The BBI report seeks amendments to chapter six of the Constitution on Leadership and Integrity to provide a mechanism to expedite investigations, prosecution and trial of economic crimes. It also wants state officers barred from doing business with public entities.

In the boldest yet attempt to slay the corruption dragon that has ravaged the country, the Building Bridges Initiative report proposes several legislative amendments key being amending Anti Corruption and Economic Crimes Act to hasten the procedure of hearing and sentencing in economic crime and corruption matters while enhancing penalties for the same.

The report also seeks to bar a public officer from trading with a public entity. They will also not solicit donations or make cash donations to charity in excess of Ksh 50,000 unless they do so electronically.

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It will also be a crime to conceal corruption. Besides graft, the BBI report also focused on Chapter Two of the Constitution on formative aspects of the Republic to foster regional integration, cohesion, shared prosperity and the centrality of the economy.

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This is aimed at harnessing regional trade, investment and people-to-people links to increase our prosperity, opportunities for investment and enhance our security.

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Citizens will also be tasked with certain socio-economic duties to strengthen national ethos.

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The privacy of citizen’s data will also be underpinned in the constitution personal data as an emerging area in human rights owing to significant technological developments in this area. 

An effective public participation framework will also be provided for as envisioned in the constitution in both levels of government that include the introduction of the Registrar of the Public Participation Registry under the Office of the Attorney General.

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