Interior CS Fred Matiang’i has raised concern over the weak regulations on the amount and source of campaign funds as a major threat to the credibility of the August General election.
CS Matiang’i noted that hat money launderers commonly called Wash Wash and other criminals were taking advantage of lax financial regulations to manipulate the electoral process.
Addressing the Second National Conference on Criminal Justice Reforms in Naivasha, the CS warned that the country risked a large number of criminals buying their way into elected office.
“We could end up laundering criminals of unprecedented standards into our elective offices. We might have over 40% of elected officeholders becoming our leaders if we allow all the ‘wash wash’ gangs and other criminals to bribe their way in the coming elections.”
He however absolved the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) from blame for the weak regulatory framework on campaign financing saying an ideal stringent legal regime would need a multi-sectoral approach.
The National Assembly recently amended the Elections Act to delete sections that sought to limit the amount of money that could be spent by political parties and candidates while canvassing various electoral positions.
The meeting was attended by the Chief Justice Martha Koome, the Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji, the Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai, the Commissioner-General of Prisons Brig (Rtd) John Warioba, National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) chair Rev Samuel Kobia and DCI boss George Kinoti and senior judges among others.