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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,31ST MAY 2018-Streets of Nairobi were on Thursday turned into a protest zones as Human rights groups led Kenyans from all walks of life in protests condemning the rampant corruption levels in government organizations.
The march dubbed #StopTheseThieves started at Uhuru Park Freedom Corner, through Kenyatta Avenue, Kimathi Street, City Hall Avenue and Parliament Road and ended outside the Office of the President, which is located on Harambee Avenue.
“Corruption bleeding Kenya to death,” read a statement printed on the red T-shirts most of the protestors wore.
At the Dedan Kimathi monument, the protestors pulled a Julius Malema “challenge” and asked Kimathi “to give them a sign.”
“Baba, they are here; those stealing from your people, gives us a sign!”
yet another protestor was heard saying, “we’re here to tell Dedan Kimathi that all the money that has been stolen will be reclaimed just like he reclaimed our independence.”
Soon after that the protestors staged a sit-in Outside Parliament’s gates, but refused to be addressed by any politician.
Nyali MP Mohammed Ali made an attempt but the protestors rejected the bid by the first timer legislator to address them.
Among the recommendations include the resignation of all heads of ministries accused of theft, abuse of office and incompetence.
“It is no longer enough to arrest the Principal Secretaries, directors, managers and accountants,” reads the petition.
They also demanded the resignation of all officers who have been reshuffled after they were accused of overseeing theft of public resources.
Also in their list of demands is that the government should not only ensure those found culpable of stealing public resources are jailed, but also the money lost recovered and channeled to proper use.
“We want all the money back!” they asserted.
They also want any bank accused of facilitating stealing of graft more so in the Sh9 billion National Youth scam investigated and punitive action taken against them.
“We also demand that Central Bank of Kenya expeditiously freezes the accounts of the culprits involved,” Nderu said.
They have challenged President Uhuru Kenyatta to crack the whip and ensure those engaging in the vice are punished.
The protests comes amid revelations on mega scandals that have seen tax payers lose billions of shillings in the NYS and NCPB corruption scams