A Week-long Focus On Ethics and Integrity in Siaya
20.05.2019: “It is your character and morals that influence the people around you and the society at large.” This was EACC Chairman (Rtd) Archbishop Eliud Wabukala’s parting shot to the people of Siaya as the Commission concluded a week-long outreach programme in the County.
Addressing a public baraza, he applauded the countywide programme, which covered 36 markets and shopping centres, and reached about 400,000 residents, sensitizing them on leadership ethics and anti-corruption issues.
The outreach activities generated the following reports:
- Nine on embezzlement/misappropriation of public funds;
- six on civil and land matters;
- two on unethical conduct;
- seven on bribery and police harassment;
- 10 on maladministration;
- four on abuse of office; and
- one on penal code offences
The programme also incorporated training for public and state officers. Some 38 Members of the County Assembly and 110 public officers of the National Government based in Siaya were taught leadership and integrity values. In addition, 48 County Executive Members benefited from the training.
At the same time, the Commission disseminated 8,500 IEC materials and visited 10 learning institutions to instill in the youth and school managers a discipline of ethics and integrity. The programme reached 8,615 students and 259 teachers. The schools were urged to establish Integrity Clubs with the guidance of the Commission.
The county leadership, led by Governor Cornel Rasanga, thanked the Commission for dedicating time to conduct preventive work in his county, and pledged his support to ensure his officers upheld integrity. Both the Governor and the Assembly Speaker signed an action plan as a commitment to lead the war on graft in the county.
So far, the Commission has conducted similar programmes in Isiolo, Kilifi, Kwale, Laikipia, Tharaka Nithi, Vihiga, Nandi and Homabay, among other counties. It hopes to cover all the country’s 47 Counties. The weeklong programme took place from 13th -17th May 2019.
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