Peter Kenneth has called for the use penal codes to fight corruption
Former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth in a past address in Dallas, USA. [Photo/Courtesy]

Former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth has proposed new ways to tame wanton corruption in the country.

Speaking at the Mombasa Business Awards ceremony on Friday, Peter Kenneth said that businesses and individuals named in corrupt dealings should be stopped from transacting in Kenya.

“If someone has been blacklisted because of corruption, they should be stopped from doing business in Kenya,” said Peter Kenneth.

“All these companies that have been mentioned in fraudulent transactions and corruption allegations should not be given certificates to operate in the country.”

The Nairobi governorship aspirant stated that Kenya does not need new laws to fight corruption adding that the exiting penal codes can be used to convict those found culpable of engaging in graft.

“Corruption is not a tribe, it is an individual and we do not need to enact new laws to fight corruption. We can convict people using any of the penal codes,” said Peter Kenneth.

The event was organised by the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI).

Peter Kenneth’s remarks come amid fresh revelations that link Tharaka Nithi Senator and Senate Majority leader Kithure Kindiki to the National Youth Service (NYS) scandal.

In his testimony before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Thursday, Hillary Sigei who co-owns SMS Advocates with Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, claimed that Kindiki received Ksh500,000 from an account operated on behalf of Out of the Box Solutions.

Out of the Box Solutions, is a company owned by former media personality Angela Angwenyi, who has also been linked to the scandal.

Senator Kindiki is said to have received the money four days after SMS Advocates received Ksh8 million from Out of the Box Solutions.

Sigei however declined to reveal why Kindiki was paid the money, saying doing so would amount to breach of client confidentiality.

Kindiki has however moved to distance himself from the NYS scandal saying the money was a repayment of a debt that Murkomen owed him.

The Opposition, Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD), led by co-principals Raila Odinga (ODM), Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper party) and Moses Wetangula (Ford Kenya) have accused President Uhuru Kenyatta of harbouring corruption linking his government to the loss of money in the NYS scam, Eurobond, and Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) scam among others.

Other leaders including Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi and Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua have also hit out at the Jubilee government over the wanton corruption, calling on President Uhuru Kenyatta to crack the whip on those named in scandals.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto have however defended their efforts to fight corruption saying they are in record as the only government that has tightened its grip on graft.

“This is the only government that fired six cabinet secretaries and opened cases against those named in corruption allegations.” President Uhuru Kenyatta said in a past rally in Central Kenya.

President Kenyatta called on anti-graft agencies, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the Judiciary, to play their part in ensuring those involved in corruption do not walk scot-free.

The President has in the meantime lauded Chief Justice David Maraga over his move to set strict regulations for both High Court and Magistrates courts to speed up corruption cases.

Once published, the regulations will ensure suspects that are charged with economic crimes are set for conferencing within two days with the hearing commencing on a daily basis without adjournment.