The Star (Nairobi)

1 August 2014

Kenya: MCAs Smear Kenya's Investment Credentials

editorial

Eight nations have written letters of complaint to the Government of Kenya concerning the conduct, size and frequency of delegations of our members of county assemblies around the world.

The US, Rwanda, Israel, South Africa, Malaysia, Singapore, the Netherlands and Brazil have all complained. This is a national shame. Elected leaders have no business becoming embroiled in international incidents in this manner.

No other country in our region sends such delegations in such numbers and so frequently abroad. Who or what are we benchmarking against when MCAs go globetrotting at taxpayers' expense and then get up to all kinds of scams and bad behaviour?

The truth of the matter is that they are toting up frequent-flyer miles just because they can and their intercontinental jaywalking is paid for by others.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has expressed concern at such misbehaviour as MCAs masquerading as ambassadors and MPs abroad.

This is disgusting behaviour that borders on criminal misconduct. Acting with false pretences is a crime in Kenya too. When MCAs replaced the old councillor system - the most corrupt, thieving and cynical layer of governance - Kenyans heaved a collective sigh of relief.

To their horror, the councillors have merely morphed into the MCAs - on the global stage to boot.

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