Economy

Kenyan media should do more than just repeat politicians’ words on fighting corruption

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President Uhuru Kenyatta is seeking to do lifestyle audits on all government officers. This comes amid a barrage of anti-corruption efforts — ranging from polygraph tests, the suspension of accounting officers in all government departments among others.

On paper and in media reports, the president seems to be fighting corruption. Some questions are still lingering on how he is planning to tackle this scourge.

Lifestyle audits in Kenya have always been done and it is not something new for most public officers.

However it is normally a vague piece of paper that you file and is kept by your employer, which might not work because most public officers use their relatives to cover up the source of their wealth.

The media has been very good at relaying information from the President but little has been done by way of following up.

For instance there has been no follow up on the said polygraph tests or how the lifestyle audit will be done.

Which entity will carry out this audit?

This is something that the president’s press unit and the media have not been keen to ask or at least follow up.

Actually, little has been reported by government spokespersons over the last couple of days but it is a story for another day.

Few or no media houses have been keen to do a report at least on how the president is going to carry out the said lifestyle audit.

Instead, they have resulted to asking pundits very vague questions about lifestyle audits. Watching a political analysis show made me understand that the media is in the dark on how the audits are going to be done.

The media has also not tried to keep in touch with the DCI and EACC or the office of the Auditor General to find out whether they are going to start doing the audit.  The speculations have span a lot on mostly whether the politicians are going to be willing to let themselves be vetted. For instance the NTV has kept replaying sound bites by Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho while yesterday on Check Point Sophia Wanuna played back the sound bite of Oscar Sudi and the President. There also has been a piece done a day after the announcement that was run by Murimi Mwangi that aired a tweet by Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen that in part says that the audit will expose how Kenyans politicians are poor and make the people lose the faith in them.

Generally, the media has been good at exposing the scandals but there is still much more that needs to be done to make sure that the rot has not come back to haunt like the NYS II.

 

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