The slow process in the prosecution and determination of corruption cases has been cited as a challenge to the achievement of the Kenyan Vision 2030 blueprint by a section of Tharaka Nithi residents.
Presenting the findings of a group discussion during a Fourth Medium-Term Plan (MTP) County Consultative forum held at Chuka University Wednesday, a former aspirant for the Woman Representative position for the county Dr Tabitha Mbungu said that the Judiciary should be empowered to conclude corruption cases within a year.
“To accelerate the government efforts to achieve the Vision 2030 blue print, corruption cases should be expedited within a year and those leaders that are implicated in the graft cases be not only called upon to step aside during investigations but further be exempted from vying for elective positions until they are exonerated by the courts,” said Dr. Mbungu.
She further revealed that her group had agreed that for devolution to bear more fruits to the common mwananchi, more than 40% of the country’s revenue should be allocated to the county governments.
Dr Mbungu said the group had unanimously agreed that the clauses touching on the Judiciary and Devolution in the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) should be implemented to ensure the Fourth MTP, that will stretch between 2023-2027, brings the country closer to the 2030 blueprint.
In her opening remarks Tharaka Nithi County Commissioner (CC) Ms. Beverly Opwora who also represented the Cabinet Secretary, Treasury and National Planning, said that in government, the rule of the thump remained that ‘failing to plan is planning to fail’ and hence the need for the consultative forum.
Addressing the media in the local dialect after the event, a Deputy Director from the Vision 2030 Secretariat Dr. Daniel Mutegi Giti said the consultative forum is a constitutional requirement to ensure that the citizens are involved in planning for the development of their county and do not just receive directives from Nairobi.
“The views that were aired by Tharaka Nithi residents today will be incorporated in the Fourth MTP which will finally be cascaded to the county government to be incorporated in the County Integrated Development Plan for the five-year period that will stretch from July 2023 to June 2027called,” said Dr. Giti who is an urban management expert.
He said the forum was to highlight the achievements and challenges in the Third MTP among which Covid-19 was a major drawback but it is important for mwananchi to know that the government never goes for a break and the challenge has been addressed and the economic recovery process will form part of the Fourth MTP.
Dr. Mutegi said after the Department of Planning, within which the Vision 2030 secretariat falls, would later come back to the county with the completed Fourth MTP to enable mwananchi understand that the government incorporates their views in the overall planning.