Nandi County Senator Kiprotich Cherargei has called for the disbandment of the ‘Building Bridges taskforce’.
Speaking over the weekend, Senator Cherargei said the activities being undertaken by the taskforce were unnecessary and termed it ‘a wasteful expenditure’.
The lawmaker said the funds allocated to the taskforce should instead be diverted to the implementation of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four Agenda.
“You can’t go around asking members of the public for views on how to tame corruption when there are established institutions to fight graft. It is clear the taskforce has no direction and it should therefore be degazetted and disbanded,”said Cherargei.
“We should instead divert the resources being pumped into this taskforce towards the implementation of the Big Four Agenda,”added the Senator.
He urged the President to immediately dissolve the taskforce and save the public any unnecessary financial costs.
The taskforce is holding countrywide consultations to seek solutions on taming graft.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga established the taskforce comprising Adams Oloo , Agnes Kavindu, Senator Amos Wako, Florence Omose, Saeed Mwanguni, James Matundura, Major John Seii, Bishop Lawi Imathiu, Maison Leshomo, Senator Mohamed Yusuf Haji, Morompi ole Ronkai Prof., Bishop Peter Njenga, Rose Moseu, Archbishop Zecheus Okot to operationalise reconciliation.
The taskforce’s joint secretaries are Amb. Martin Kimani and Paul Mwangi .
The terms of reference of the task force are “to evaluate the national challenges outlined in the Joint Communiqué of ‘Building Bridges to a New Kenyan Nation, and having done so, make practical recommendations and reform proposals that build lasting unity.”
It is also mandated to “outline the policy, administrative reform proposals, and implementation modalities for each identified challenge area; and conduct consultations with citizens, the faith-based Sector, cultural leaders, the private sector and experts at both the county and national levels.”