Cherargei: Lifestyle audit has no legal backing


Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei has criticised Uhuru’s call for a lifestyle audit of all public servants saying it is not supported by any clause in the Constitution.

“The Constitution is very clear on the right to privacy, even EACC under Leadership and Integrity Act said they have no legal framework to implement the lifestyle audit,” said Cherargei.

The vocal Senator who serves as the Chairperson of Justice, Legal Affairs and  Human Rights Committee, argued that the execution of such laws should have a legal background.

Cherargei also raised concerns that those pushing for lifestyle audit have hidden motives.

“We aren’t against the lifestyle audit, we have come to the realization that there is a ploy to sabotage some leader’s aspirations in the run to 2022 successive politics,” he said.

However, in a rebuttal to Cherargei, Siaya Senator James Orengo said that there are legal mechanisms to enforce lifestyle audit

“For more than 10 years, there has been a legal basis for conducting lifestyle audit and more importantly in the Anti-Corruption and Ethics Act,” Orengo said.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has asked politicians not to politicise the war on corruption.

“Corruption must end and those trying to politicise the issue will not succeed. A thief is a thief, he has no tribe. You cannot use your tribe to shield and justify yourself. We cannot afford to trivialise graft by politicking,” said the President.

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