Senator Olekina’s Conflict of Interest Bill Amendment Sparks Debate

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In July 2024, a controversial amendment to the Conflict of Interest Bill in Kenya proposed by Senator Ledama Olekina sparked widespread debate and criticism.

The amendment, which would allow top state officials and their families to engage in business with the government, was seen by many as a potential setback in the fight against corruption.

Critics, including the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), argued that the amendments would weaken existing anti-corruption laws and enable public officials to engage in corrupt practices without accountability.

Senator Olekina defended his stance by criticizing the EACC’s effectiveness and suggesting a need for reform within the anti-corruption body.

The public and various stakeholders expressed strong opposition to the amendments, fearing a legitimization of corruption and a betrayal of public trust.

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