Devolution of Power or Devolution of Corruption ?   Leave a comment

Among the major reasons why Kenyans were clamoring for “dcvolution” was the prospect of taming corruption at the very top of government—the national government and wayward presidents and their handlers, cronies and sycophants. Corruption has been a particularly corrosive disease because of both the scale of resources and funds involved and the impact this cancer has had on the entire nation. Then came devolution that was supposed to curb abuses of power and redistribute power and resources widely so that local areas throughout Kenya can have greater access to leaders and resources. So what happened?

The emergence of local “nyang’aus” who have gone on a rampage plundering and pillaging county government coffers in various ways including:
1. unsustainable increments in salaries and allowances
2. sending large caravans of political tourists to foreign lands such as UK, France, China, Israel, etc, ostensibly to lure foreign investments as well as showcase their counties—quite a laughable spectacle to the leadership of the places they visit.
3. rampant corruption that has simply devastated local areas from Mombasa to Kisumu

I am sure most of you can think of more “sins” that have been committed by these local “nyang’aus” (aka County officials and elected leaders). The moral here is that you cannot tame corruption by a simple act of devolution. What the latter succeeds in doing is to break up a large polluted lake into smaller polluted ponds. The voracious parasites that reside and rule such putrid waters can be found in both, large and small bodies of waters.

However, the local areas constituted as counties and municipalities are much more accessible to local Kenyans and the task of going after the local “nyang’aus” is much easier than that of going after the “heavy hitters” (presidents, etc), who operate at the national level. It is up to Kenyans to mount multifaceted campaigns of redeeming their counties and country from leaders who have continued tp sabotage their quest for a better life.
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Bless you all
Prof. Edari

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Posted August 11, 2015 by edari1 in Land Tenure Issues

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