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CORRUPTION AND THE CORRUPTION COMMISSIONS: WHO IS INVESTIGATING WHOM?

TJRC Chair Tecla Tamachanja - Plugging the Leaks

The good ship of the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC) ploughs on, this week through Lodwar and Kapenguria for public hearings and ‘women’s forums’ in what increasingly seems to be a pointless voyage to an indeterminate destination still some way over the horizon. The crew doesn’t seem too happy either (there have been grumbling below decks) and what’s worse (for the TJRC), the ship is leaking.

‘TJRC employees raise red flag over allegations of corruption’ was that latest report from The Standard (Sunday, October 9) alleging that the Commission could have lost money through a ‘cartel of corrupt employees’ putting in false mileage claims, fraudulent fuel consumption requisition for non-existent journeys and outright theft. There has also been, it is alleged, an attempt to siphon off Sh6.4million from the Commission by transferring payment for services rendered ‘twice in two days through different branches of a bank in which the commission operates’.

THE TJRC LEAPS INTO ACTION…

The TJRC of course, were not about to take such accusations lightly. They leapt into action. Three people have been sacked or left their jobs. Was that for corruption and theft? Er…, no, it looks like it was for leaking the story to the media in the first place.

The Standard reported that in a ‘confidential letter’ (which obviously isn’t confidential any more), acting chair of the TJRC, Tecla  Namachanja wrote to congratulate staff, “… thanks to the marvel of technology we have managed to know those behind this.” She meant, of course, those behind the leaks to the media.

Now there will be action against the wrongdoers, surely? Er…, again, no, it seems not. The Standard quoted a ‘staffer’, “This clearly beats logic because instead of the Commission investigating false claims of corruption, they have turned on who the whistle blower is and ended up punishing innocent staff.”

“We need the anti-graft body to audit the Commission”, a ‘source’ supposedly told The Standard. Brilliant, isn’t it, now the TJRC has got to be investigated!

Quite which ‘anti-graft body’ would carry out the investigation, is another matter. The Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission (KACC) has been replaced by the ‘yet-to-be-constituted’ Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) but in the meantime continues its work until that takes place.

The ICC at The Hague and the TJRC are investigating post-election violence. KACC, or possibly the EACC and presumably the police, are investigating fraud. The Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) wants action to be taken based on previous reports and inquiries. Quite what the Kenya National Human Rights Commission (KNHRC) is up to the Forum has forgotten.

The Forum is at a loss. Who exactly is investigating whom these days, in Kenya? Whatever the exact answer is, couldn’t the whole process be streamlined to produce better results at a lower cost?

President Kenyatta declared winner.

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