SENATE SEEKS TO MAKE LIFESTYLE AUDIT MANDATORY

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The President, his deputy and other state officers could soon be subjected to a mandatory lifestyle audit.
The Lifestyle Audit Bill (Senate Bills No. 36 of 2021) before the Senate seeks to make it a requirement for state officers to declare their wealth in a bid to fight corruption.

According to Homa Bay Senator, the Bill will help to tame corruption in the country.
Senate Majority Leader Samuel Poghisio said the Bill will strengthen the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC), Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) in tackling corruption.

The Bill sponsored by Nominated Senator Farhiya Ali seeks to put in place a legal framework for undertaking lifestyle audits.The proposed law also seeks to mandate the EACC to refer a matter to the DPP for criminal proceedings to be instituted against a public officer. The Bill further allows a person who is subjected to a lifestyle audit to enter into a deferred prosecution agreement with the DPP.

Minority Leader James Orengo said the war against corruption in public offices is not going to be successful until we have institutions of integrity and leadership. Additionally, Orengo noted that the country already has so many laws to deal with not only corruption but also the question of public officers having unexplained assets, but there lacks political goodwill.

Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula also noted that though the Bill does not seek to introduce anything new, it will strengthen existing legal structures and institutions to enhance accountability.
While responding to revelations of offshore accounts held by leaders in a report published by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalism.

President Uhuru Kenyatta said the Pandora Papers would usher in a new age of financial transparency and openness in Kenya and globally. He also added that the movement of illicit funds, proceeds of crime and corruption thrive in an environment of secrecy and darkness.

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