Wabukala challenges devolved units on corruption
Over Sh.300million which was part of Sh.33 billion disbursed by the Treasury over the last five years cannot be accounted for by the Nakuru county government .
The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) Chairman, Eliud Wabukala while launching corruption risk assessment report in Nakuru, said audit queries that pointed to massive irregularities at the devolved unit had not been adequately responded to.
His host governor, Lee Kinyanjui conceded that he had inherited a dysfunctional system that had seen his government report a Sh.1billion deficit in the current financial year.
Wabukala has challenged county governments to put in place internal structures to check run away corruption.
He noted that billions of shillings that could be channeled into development projects were being looted by errant public officers.
Speaking on Monday during the launch of a report dubbed ‘Risk Assessment at the Nakuru County Assembly’, the retired prelate singled out procurement, finance and human resources departments in county governments as the worst hit by graft.
“County governors should put in place strategies that will enable their governments work seamlessly with the anti-corruption commission in rooting out graft. The fight against corruption is a collective responsibility of the public and private sector,” he said.
He said the risk assessment report was tailored to guide county governments in setting up structures that would enhance service delivery and check waste and theft of public resources.
The report handed over to the governor and County Assembly Speaker, Joel Kairu has cited a variety of cases where the past county assembly officials engaged in misappropriation of funds.
The report further observed that payments made without supporting documents had provided a platform of theft of billions of shillings in most counties.
Kinyanjui said his government was committed to dismantling corrupt cartels that had crippled service delivery at the unit for the past five years.
He said his administration would adopt the EACC report in enhancing service delivery.
Kairu hailed the commission for the report which he said if fully implemented by county governments would save the taxpayer billions of shillings lost through graft.
By Anne Mwale