Anti-Corruption Commission Launch Corruption risk assessment
Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission will partner with the Kiambu County government to prevent and combat corruption and unethical practices.
Speaking while launching the corruption risk assessment at the Thika County government offices, Commissioner Rose Mghoi Macharia pointed out that the Commission was aware of the integrity and ethical challenges that the County governments were grappling with leading to fraudulent claims and embezzlement of public funds.
She said that the Commission will work closely with the County administrators to set preventive strategies aimed at enabling institutions to detect, prevent and combat corruption at every point of operations.
Macharia pointed out that if systemic weakness is not addressed with the seriousness it deserves, corruption will continue impacting negatively the functioning of the County Executive assembly and increase outright misuse of public funds.
“Noncompliance with statutory obligations and poor service delivery is greatly affecting performance of County governments with fears that the biggest percentage of public funds were ending in people’s pockets,” she said.
“We are focusing on identifying corruption loopholes in procurement processes and we are set on building robust corruption free process, free from any interference by any authority,” she stressed.
Macharia allayed fears that they were out to investigate and arrests County government staff for previous errors saying they are partnering with County governments to eradicate wastage and pilferage of public funds.
She however emphasized that if the Commission detects any misappropriation of the billions that have already been released to the respective Counties they will not fail to take punitive actions against the culprits.
Macharia who was accompanied by the Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu, his Deputy James Nyoro and the County Speaker Stephen Ndichu called on the Kiambu County staff to cooperate with the EACC officers who are set to camp in the County for the next 10 days.
Governor Waititu warned officers who will not cooperate with the commission saying that failure to comply with EACC staff will be dealt with accordingly.
He said that the County Government inherited debts totaling to over a billion from previous administrations saying that preliminary investigations have revealed that some of the debts were fake and they will only pay for those authenticated by auditors.
Waititu called on the Commission to assist County governments in dealing with the issue of ghost workers who he termed as a great challenge to all County governments across the board.
He said that the County Government’s wage bill takes about 70 per cent of total revenue collected thus the need to carry out a thorough auditing of the workforce.
The commission has successfully conducted corruption risk assessments in eleven Counties which include Nyeri, Kajiado, Kericho and Vihiga among others.
By Lucy Wangai