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Lukewarm implementation of the life style audit law perpetuates indifference in the anti-corruption campaign platform in Kenya

April 10, 2021 - In Research Papers

Lukewarm implementation of the life style audit law perpetuates indifference in the anti-corruption campaign platform in Kenya

Stephen Nduvi
April – May 2021
Corruption remains one of the greatest impediments to economic growth as Kenya loses one third of her national budget to it annually. Even though the fight against corruption is ongoing through a number of legislations, the lukewarm implementation of the Lifestyle Audit Act No.2 (2019) (LSAA) downgrades the efforts and remains a challenge in taming  the vice in Kenya. This paper argues that the existing anti-corruption campaigns may continue to preserve the status quo since they are not backed up by a more robust assessment of the lifestyles of public and state officers. It concludes that the lackluster approach to LSAA offers a graft holiday for corrupt public officials, hence the need to actively engage the  legislation in identifying, exposing and rooting out corrupt public officers before they crumble the economy. The strengthening of lifestyle audit multi-agency framework to effectively coordinate lifestyle audits for better outcomes in the fight against graft remains vital.
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