A consortium of civil society groups has launched a Citizens Manifesto that aims to engage political parties, their leaders & the electorate toward putting public debt management & accountability at the core of public discourse. The manifesto dubbed Okoa Uchumi is aimed at pushing for political accountability and bolster constitutional safeguards in public debt management.
The public debt campaign which is led by Mzalendo Trust, The Institute of Social Accountability, Transparency International, International Budget Partnership, Inter-Religious Council of Kenya, and African Forum and Network on Debt and Development aims to enhance debt transparency.
Country Manager International Budget Partnership Abraham Rugo attributed Kenya’s debt problem to poor governance as he stressed the need for strengthening transparency and public participation in public debt.
“Our problem with debt is purely governance but in the interim we have to decide on what to cut,” he said.
Executive Director Transparency International Sheila Masinde noted that corruption and debt have a symbiotic relationship even as she faulted Parliament for failing Kenyans in playing their oversight role in managing issues of debt.
Mr. Abdirahman Ismail, the Executive Director at the Inter-Religious Council of Kenya(IRCK) said, “Religious leaders should create conversations and address religious leaders on debt crisis and objective public discourse. IRCK will instigate value driven leadership.”