Triumph of Civil Society over Corruption!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

President Mwai KibakiKenya’s Finance minister, Amos Kimunya announced his decision to resign in order to allow an independent investigation of corruption allegations on him.

His resignation came a week after Kenya’s parliament passed a strong criticism motion against Kimunya. This was coerced by the report from a civil committee headed by Attorney General Amos Wako. The committee questioned the role of Kimunya in the sale of a publicly-owned five-star hotel in Central Nairobi called the Grand Regency.

The Attorney General insists that the Ministers and members of cabinet need to be checked in order to avoid corruption in the government. Although Kimunya vowed he would not resign, the pressure from civil rights groups and parliament was overwhelmingly great.