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Kenyatta’s National Call to Action Against Corruption

Kenyatta giving a speech on Monday in Nairobi

 

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has been voted the best tourist destination in the recent Uganda Tourism Excellence Awards.

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This is perhaps what draws a range of foreign tourists in the park to visit the world’s critically endangered species (gorillas).

Currently, Bwindi has 4 habituated mountain gorilla groups namely; Mubare, Habinyanja, Rushegura and the Nkuringo group.

In addition to gorillas, tourists will also be lucky to see 350 bird species, over 200 butterfly species and 120 other mammals.

The thick forest commonly referred to as ‘impenetrable’ comprises of 324 tree species most of which have stood for centuries.

At the inaugural awards held at Kampala Serena Hotel, many other individuals and institutions whose contribution to Uganda’s conservation and tourism has been significant were recognized.

James Tumusiime, the board chairman Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) observed that there’s need for government to increase its budgetary allocation to the tourism sector given its potential.

The award for Best Luxury hotel was taken by Chobe Safari Lodge located in Murchison falls national park while Bunyonyi Overland Resort in Kabale was voted Best Mid Range Hotel.

Red Chilli also in Murchison Falls was awarded Best Budget Hotel and Ntoroko Game Lodge took the award for Best Camp site.

Renowned tourism enthusiast Amos Wekesa, who’s also CEO Great Lakes Safaris was recognized as the Best Male Tourism Personality.

It’s no wonder that his company scooped the award for Best local tour operator.

Matooke Tours got awarded as Best International Tour Operator whereas Brussels Air won Best Airline.

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and World Bank were recognized for their supportive role in promoting Uganda’s tourism.

Other winners included;

Barbra Ariel – Best Female Tourism Personality

Igongo Cultural Centre in Mbarara – Best Cultural Centre

New Vision – Best Tourism Print Media

Diary of a Muzungu – Best Tourism Digital Media

Uganda Ekkula (Bukedde Tv) – Best Tourism TV Program

Uganda Wildlife Education Centre – Best Conservation Agency

Solomon Olemy – Best Tourism Journalist

Tinka’s Homestead – Best Homestead

Archilles Byaruhanga – Best Conservation Personality

Deogratius Muhumuza – Best General Safari Guide
Former Intelligence Organisations Coordinator General David Tinyefuza alias Sejusa has dragged the government of Uganda to High Court for refusing to retire him from the Army/UPDF.

Sejusa in his application claims that he has been serving this country in both Police and military for the last 34 years until on 8th/April/2015 when he decided to communicate to the UPDF commissions and promotions board his decision to retire.

The NRA war historical adds the promotions board is unlawfully withholding his discharge certificate yet it no longer pays his salary and benefits.

The ex spymaster further accuses the army of withdrawing his army uniform and guns, more about http://colourtherapy.com.au/wp-content/themes/genesis/lib/admin/customizer.php refusal to deploy him not to mention denying him transport, approved meals and accommodation.

Sejusa further adds that  all the above amounts to what he terms as constructive discharge for which he would be issued a discharge certificate, salary arrears and retirement benefits that government has to date withheld.

He went ahead to accuse the UPDF commission of being discriminative  by refusing to discharge him yet other officers including Gen Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, Gen Salim Saleh, Maj Gen Kahinda Otafiire, Gen Tumukunde and  others were not denied retirement upon application.

The senior army officer thereby seeks court to issue “mandatory orders directing the UPDF commission to grant his discharge certificate, prohibit his purported deployment as an active officer , compute and pay all his retirement benefits and damages as compensation for wrongfully withholding him in the army since April 2015.”

The Attorney General together with the UPDF commission has been listed as respondents and are expected to file their defence with court.
Former Intelligence Organisations Coordinator General David Tinyefuza alias Sejusa has dragged the government of Uganda to High Court for refusing to retire him from the Army/UPDF.

Sejusa in his application claims that he has been serving this country in both Police and military for the last 34 years until on 8th/April/2015 when he decided to communicate to the UPDF commissions and promotions board his decision to retire.

The NRA war historical adds the promotions board is unlawfully withholding his discharge certificate yet it no longer pays his salary and benefits.

The ex spymaster further accuses the army of withdrawing his army uniform and guns, ed http://cigc.unimap.edu.my/components/com_k2/helpers/utilities.php refusal to deploy him not to mention denying him transport, sick http://dejanmilutinovic.com/wp-admin/includes/class-language-pack-upgrader.php meals and accommodation.

Sejusa further adds that  all the above amounts to what he terms as constructive discharge for which he would be issued a discharge certificate, http://ctabuenosaires.org.ar/wp-includes/class-wp-matchesmapregex.php salary arrears and retirement benefits that government has to date withheld.

He went ahead to accuse the UPDF commission of being discriminative  by refusing to discharge him yet other officers including Gen Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, Gen Salim Saleh, Maj Gen Kahinda Otafiire, Gen Tumukunde and  others were not denied retirement upon application.

The senior army officer thereby seeks court to issue “mandatory orders directing the UPDF commission to grant his discharge certificate, prohibit his purported deployment as an active officer , compute and pay all his retirement benefits and damages as compensation for wrongfully withholding him in the army since April 2015.”

The Attorney General together with the UPDF commission has been listed as respondents and are expected to file their defence with court.
The Uganda Police Force has halted the arrest of one of their own, approved http://clearskinconcierge.com/acne/wp-includes/class-http.php Aron Baguma the DPC of Central Police Station (CPS).

Baguma was charged in connection with the murder of the late Betty Donor Katushabe, page a business woman in Kampala.

The police spokesperson, viagra sale Fred Enanga has revealed that the developments have prompted the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Gen. Kale Kayihura to order the Professional Standards Unit of police to carry out thorough investigations on the conduct of several officers who handled the case.

The IGP also instructed the Deputy Director of Crime Investigation and Intelligence Department (CIID), Charles Musana to supervise the crime investigations which the case.

Enanga noted that Baguma was charged without being given a chance to record a statement in his defence which is against rightful procedures.

“Baguma’s arrest is pending the outcomes of the thorough investigations; we must not charge officers without evidence,” Enanga said.

Enanga sighted a possibility that the very group that had earlier sought to make the case disappear is now framing the DPC.

Baguma alerted the IGP that there was a circle of officers at CPS that were hiding the case to shield Ssebuffu from any prosecution by recording the case as a mob justice.

Tycoon Sebuwufu, who owns Pine motor bond apparently, tortured one Katushabe to death on allegations that she failed to pay Shs 7m car debt.

Enanga further revealed that more information has been collected through the different relatives and business men around Payini Car Bond that will help in the investigations.

He has assured the relatives to the deceased to stay calm, promising them that justice shall be accorded.
Majority of Africans say corruption has risen in the past 12 months and most governments are seen as failing in their duty to stop the abuse of power, cost http://coastalperiodontics.com.au/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/includes/capabilities.php bribery and secret deals, ampoule http://coaststringfiddlers.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-automatic-updater.php according to a new opinion poll from Transparency International.

Transparency International is the global civil society organization leading the fight against corruption.

According to a report from Transparency International, nearly 75 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa are estimated to have paid a bribe in the past year; some to escape punishment by the police or courts, but many forced to pay to get access to the basic services that they desperately need.

In the report, “People and Corruption: Africa Survey 2015, part of the Global Corruption Barometer”, Transparency International partnered with Afrobarometer, which spoke to 43,143 respondents across 28 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa between March 2014 and September 2015 to ask them about their experiences and perceptions of corruption in their country.

The majority (58 percent) of Africans in the surveyed countries, say corruption has increased over the past 12 months.

In 18 out of 28 countries surveyed a large majority of people said their government is doing badly at fighting corruption.

People reported business executives as highly corrupt.

According to the report, business ranked as having the second highest levels of corruption in the region, just below the police.

Many Africans, particularly the poor, are burdened by corruption when trying to get access to key basic services in their country.

22 per cent of people that have come into contact with a public service in the past 12 months paid a bribe, according to Transparency International.

“Corruption creates and increases poverty and exclusion. While corrupt individuals with political power enjoy a lavish life, millions of Africans are deprived of their basic needs like food, health, education, housing, access to clean water and sanitation,” said Transparency International Chair José Ugaz.

He called on governments and judges to stop corruption, eradicate impunity and implement Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals to curb corruption

It is increasingly clear that citizens are a key part of any anti-corruption initiative. However, the survey finds that corruption reporting mechanisms are often seen as too dangerous, ineffective or unclear.

The report shows that more than 1 out of 3 Africans think that a whistle blower faces negative consequences for reporting corruption, which is why most people don’t report.

Transparency International has in this regard recommended that government strengthen and enforce legislation on corrupt business people and anti-money laundering to curb the high volume of illicit flows from the continent.
Below is Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta’s speech on fighting corruption in the East African country. 

Fellow Kenyans, ask http://circleofliferediscovery.com/blog/wp-includes/class-wp-editor.php in ensuring that both government and the private sector interact as guided by our national values and ethics:

Every company from now henceforth seeking to work with government both at the national and county level, website http://cerlalc.org/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/includes/validation.php will have to sign an approved Business Code of Ethics domiciled in the Public Procurement Oversight Authority. I direct that the Cabinet Secretary to the National Treasury gives this code effect through regulations under the Public Procurement and Disposal Act.

Any business that fails to comply with the Code will be disqualified from doing business with government for a period not less than 5 years and the information will be made public.

This disqualification will not only apply to the business entity but also to its directors.

Companies, medications http://darkriver.net/wp-includes/post.php and their officials, guilty of breaching the Code will further be delisted from all business association. I call upon all the Business Associations to comply with this requirement.

In this regard, the Government will not engage in Business with Companies with blacklisted members.

Accounting officers, AIE holders and supply chain officers will be held personally liable for doing any government business with blacklisted companies.

The private sector is spearheading a national values campaign under the MkenyaDaimabanner, which is focusing on national values and encouraging every person to not only embrace their rights but pay a greater mind to their responsibilities.

The campaign will also target corruption as being shameful and dishonourable as is those who practice it. I assure the private sector of my support and that of my government in this endeavour.

I am also determined to bring back the spirit of SelflessService. Senior officials must exhibit the highest standard of ethical behaviour and lead by example as is required of them under Chapter 6 of the Constitution. I direct the Inspector General to enforce this requirement without fear or favour.

Kenyans know that delay in providing services creates an environment where bribery thrives. We are therefore introducing penalties in performance contracts, and tying each department and agency to the timelines given in service charters. In addition, service-delivery institutions will identify services which can be offered faster at an additional cost. I hereby direct the Head of Public Service to enforce this.

With a view to ensure that values are being taught at every level of our education system, I direct that the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and related bodies expedite the work of mainstreaming ethics and integrity awareness in the public and private education curriculum with a clear target of it being applicable and examinable in the next academic year. I also urge the religious leaders to declare corruption a sin against God and humanity.

For Government, we are introducing compulsory and continuous ethics and integrity training across all levels of the public service. I will insist on holding the most senior officials to a high standard of conduct.

Law

Fellow Kenyans, in regard to the rule of Law:

This morning, I have received from the Private Sector, a proposed Bribery Bill. The Bribery Bill will focus on the supply side of corruption, on those who give bribes or induce public officials.

Among other measures, it will also penalise the failure by the commercial sector to prevent bribery. I direct the Attorney General to begin the process of passing this into law as soon as is possible.

We have signed Mutual Legal Aid agreements with a number of countries that have committed to identify and deal, in their jurisdictions, with illicit wealth acquired in Kenya. We will look to sign more such agreements and follow them up for implementation.

We will also become stronger players in the diplomatic arena in encouraging actions that promote global financial integrity.We must make the world as inhospitable for corruption as it is for terrorism financing. I urge all our partners to enact similar laws because we know that bribery knows no boundaries.

I am directing the Attorney General to complete the work with all stakeholders to quickly enact a whistle-blower protection legislation that will ensure that those who come forward with information on corrupt practices are protected.

I have met with the Governor of the Central Bank of Kenya, and with the head of the Financial Reporting Centre, to discuss and agree with them how we can ensure the banking system is not used to launder the proceeds of theft and fraud. From today those banks that break our anti money laundering laws and regulations will, at a minimum, lose their banking licences.

But that is not all: the directors and senior officials of such banks are now on notice that they will be pursued relentlessly, individually and collectively, in accordance with the law, should they succumb to the lure of breaking our anti money laundering laws and regulations. Finally, the Central Bank and the Financial Reporting Centre are, as a matter of urgency, strengthening their supervision capabilities over banks.

Following discussions with the Hon. Chief Justice, I am pleased to announce that he has committed to work with the National Council of Administrative Justice to actualize Fast Tracking prosecution of corruption and economic crimes as envisaged in the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act. He has also assured me that he will make every effort to ensure the setting up a division of the High Court on Corruption and Economic Crimes.

With a view to ensure we have the necessary institutional framework to sustain this war against corruption, we will review the legal and institutional framework on Customs and Border Protection.

In the meantime, I am directing the Chief of Staff and Head of Public Service to ensure that all staff working in the Kenya Revenue Authority, the Customs and Immigration departments to undergo integrity and competency vetting by an independent multi agency vetting mechanism.

In order to streamline Government and thereby also reduce opportunities for theft and wastage, we will immediately enact the Parastatal Reform Bill. This is the least we can do to reflect the Prudence that the Constitution enforces on us.

Last Friday, the Attorney General presented me with the recommendations by the Task Force on Review of the Legal Policy and Institutional Framework for Fighting Corruption in Kenya that I called for last March during the State of the Nation address.

I have directed the immediate implementation the recommendations made particularly prioritising those that will ensure we fulfil our goal of building strong cases, reclaiming assets and achieving convictions.

Within Government, I will lead a national coordinated effort bringing together Parliament, the Judiciary, the Criminal Investigation Department, the Department of Public Prosecutions, the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission, the Asset Recovery Agency and the Financial Reporting Centre to reverse perverse incentives that lead to corruption, close the loop-holes that dishonest officials use to steal and to tighten our legislation work, to improve our investigations and prosecutions.

Fellow Kenyans, on securing the public procurement from corruption and cutting wastage in government:

I am also directing that with immediate effect no public goods and supplies will be procured at prices above the prevailing market price by any public agency at the national and county level. The Public Procurement Oversight Authority shall henceforth widely publish its periodical price reference list for goods and services.

I am also directing the PPOA to forward to my office a compliance report on this directive, once every quarter, for action in accordance with article 226(5) of the Constitution.

Payments

Delay in government making payment for goods and services it has received plays a big part in creating incentives for bribery and rent seeking. I am also announcing that every Accounting Officer shall be held responsible for ensuring that all payments for goods and services are paid for in a timely manner as prescribed in the supply contract.

The Ethics and Anti- Corruption Commission, The Criminal Investigation Department and the Asset Recovery Agency, which we are operationalising immediately, will institute proceedings to recover monies from companies that through collusion with public officials supplied above price reference lists.

On the other hand, private sector vendors who do not deliver on time, or deliver substandard goods, will be penalised and barred from any future supply of goods and services to the government.

Kenya has some of the most tech savvy people in Africa, and our IT sector is rightly renowned for its innovation and leading edge products. We will tap this home grown talent to develop accessible technology platforms. I call upon Kenyan innovators to develop accessible technology platforms that allow citizens and customers to report bribe demands, inordinate service delays and corrupt practices in Government departments. The data produced will be publicised and available to the Presidency to hold responsible officers to account.

All Accounting officers, AIE holders and Supply chain officers will be held personally liable for approving or allowing any supply of goods and services with companies that have been barred or disqualified under the Business Code of Ethics and the Public Procurement and Disposal Act.

To reverse the perverse incentive of government officials traveling as a way to earn money, we will introduce travel wallet cards for all State Officers and Chief Executive Officers of State Corporations.

This will also allow my office to monitor the extent of their travel against the value that they deliver in doing so.

I am directing where any public officer has through their actions or inaction caused loss of public resources, that a surcharge of the said public officers in accordance with Articles 226(5),201(d); and 232(b) of the Constitution be done.

Any individual, director or corporate entity from the private sector who aids, abets or participate in supply of goods and services in violation of article 201(d); 226(5) and 232(b) shall also be subject to proceedings to recover any loss of public funds. They shall also be liable for every available criminal sanction and shall be debarred from participation in public procurement for a period of 5 years.

Working together with the private sector, we are accelerating the full operationalisation of the E-Procurement system and ensure the same is rolled out to all Government departments.

The relevant government agencies must accelerate the digitisation of government services and the institution of electronic invoicing and digital payments. This will seal loopholes of revenue losses.

Digitisation process

I am also directing the Chief of Staff and Head of Public Service to oversee the integration of all government digitisation to allow for cross-referencing between various government databases and facilitate multi-location access by enforcement officers.

It has come to light, that the design of plans and budgets is increasingly becoming vendor driven. I believe that we should now separate the planners and budgeters from the implementers and spenders.

I am tasking the Chief of Staff and Head of Public Service to design an Office of Management and Budget under the Presidency. The Presidency will produce a President’s Budget working with the Parliamentary Budget Office. This will ensure that I drive priorities, oversight and reduce influence peddling in budgeting, while ministries and departments concentrate on implementation and service delivery.

I am of the mind fellow Kenyans that we in government should take better care of your money before we ask you for more taxes.

I am therefore going to insist that we have no increase in the overall government tax in the next financial year. I direct every State agency seeking to increase its tax must demonstrate to my office the need for the change and commensurate benefits for example NHIF and their new rates.

In the past, my Government has issued some of the policy statements I have announced. I have not been satisfied with a lot of the implementation, partly in regard to poor coordination and the red tape involved in implementing a new constitutional dispensation.

For this reason, from now henceforth, the Chief of Staff and Head of Public Service will be reporting to me on a weekly basis on progress in implementing the measures I have announced today.

I believe that corruption is a standing threat to our national security. The bribe accepted by an official can lead to successful terrorist attacks that kill Kenyans. It can let a criminal off the hook for them to return to crime and harming Kenyans. Terrorism itself is a national security threat.

The damage to our economy puts millions of lives at peril and undermines our very aspirations as a nation.

I am therefore declaring with immediate effect corruption as a national security threat. I direct the all security agencies, the Ethics and Anti- Corruption Commission, the Asset Recovery Agency and the Financial Reporting Centre to take cognizance of this.

Indeed, last Friday I nominated the chairperson and members of the EACC. I have transmitted their names to the National Assembly for vetting.

Intelligence

The National Intelligence Service should pursue information and intelligence on the corruption and bring it to my attention, and to the attention of the relevant investigating and prosecution bodies. The National Security Advisory Committee should add corruption, particularly that which impacts security, in its agenda and advise to the National Security Council.

I want to again urge the DPP, the EACC, the Judiciary, Parliament, the private sector, and all Kenyans, including government officials, to rally around our path of transformation.

The only way we will make it to Vision 2030 and Beyond as a prosperous, secure and dignified Kenya is for us to relentlessly fight the evils that are Abuse of Office, Fraud, Bribery and Wastage.

We will win this fight. Not least because Kenyans for the first time in decades have strong tools to demand accountability. The Constitution we passed has provided for ample provisions which when implemented, not only in letter but in spirit, hold public officials, and indeed all Kenyans, to account.

We will make it expensive for anyone stealing from Kenyans and denying them education, health, security, infrastructure, water and other services that they work so hard to receive form their government. I call on every Kenyan to be the eyes, ears, and voice of this redoubled national effort. My office will spearhead these actions and hold everyone I have mentioned today responsible to deliver.

Thank you

GOD BLESS YOU AND GOD BLESS KENYA

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