The African Parliamentarians Network Against Corruption – Kenya Chapter (APNAC-Kenya) is deeply concerned about the proposed amendments to the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act 2003.
The Act has played a crucial role in the fight against corruption in Kenya, for two decades now.
”These proposed amendments, if passed, risk retrogressing our efforts in combating corruption and violating Kenya’s constitutional principles and international commitments,” said APNAC.
”We members of parliament who are members of APNAC strongly oppose this proposed amendment, which is inconsistent with the Constitution of Kenya, and offends several constitutional provisions including our National Values and Principles of Governance under Article 10 and Principles of Leadership and Integrity, under Chapter Six of the Constitution, among many other provisions in law that would be inconsistent with the proposed amendment,” added APNAC.
Members of APNAC Kenya have today issued a press statement opposing the proposed ammendments to the Anti+Corruption and Economic Crimes Act 2003. pic.twitter.com/32YM36ykvR
— APNAC KENYA (@KenyaApnac) September 19, 2023
The proposed amendment seeks to remove accountability by public officials for offences related to noncompliance with procurement laws, procedures and guidelines and the implementation of unplanned projects.
APNAC-Kenya recognizes the need for continuous improvement in legal framework to combat corruption effectively.
However, according to the group, these amendments, as currently proposed, raise serious concerns that could hinder their progress in the fight against corruption.
”We urge the government and all stakeholders to consider the potential consequences of these amendments carefully. Such amendments could undermine the effectiveness of the Act in deterring corruption and prosecuting offenders,” noted APNAC-Kenya.
APNAC @KenyaApnac (African Parliamentarians Network Against Corruption)media engagement.
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The group therefore, calls for a transparent and inclusive process that involves consultation with oversight agencies including the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, the Office of the Auditor General, other oversight institutions, civil society, legal experts, and the public.
This is to ensure that any amendments to the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act 2003 are in line with best practices, uphold the principles of our Constitution, and meet Kenya’s international commitments in the fight against corruption.
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