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18th December 2017: The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has pledged to strengthen its partnership with county governments to fight graft and unethical conduct, Chairman Rtd. Archbishop Eliud Wabukala has said.

Speaking during the just concluded Governors’ induction workshop at Diani in Kwale County, His Grace promised to speed up investigations of reported cases of corruption in the counties. The Commission, he said, would also undertake Corruption Risk Assessments (CRAs) as well as strengthen the procedures, practices and systems within the counties in order to identify and seal any corruption loopholes. He also vowed to fully continue with the implementation of the Leadership and Integrity Act (2012) and to provide requisite training on anti-corruption strategies and ethics.

EACC Chairman Rtd. Archbishop Eliud Wabukala addresses Governors at Diani Reef Beach Resort and Spa, Kwale County, during their induction

Referring to a 2015 Commission survey, which showed an increase in incidents of corruption in the counties, the Chair urged county bosses to uphold and adhere to the provisions of the law. He emphasized the need to apply high institutional integrity and professionalism in the handling of public resources.  In particular, he asked re-elected Governors and their deputies to embrace “a new beginning of zero tolerance to corruption”.

He challenged the governors to fight corruption, pointing out the futility of leaving that task to a single government institution. “For the effort to have a lasting impact,” he said, “we must fight graft together.” He therefore called upon all county governments to partner with the Commission “in this worthy cause”.

The Chair warned the county chiefs to personally lead the war against corruption, noting that the Commission is committed and will not relent in pursuing them for any misappropriation of public funds and properties.

EACC Vice-chair Sophia Lepuchiri and CEO Halakhe Waqo follow proceedings at the Governors’ induction workshop.
Speaking in the same forum, the Commission’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Halakhe Waqo, cited the findings of the Commission’s National Ethics and Corruption Survey conducted in 2015, which placed Nairobi among the country’s top among counties with high reported cases of corruption and unethical conduct.

The survey further indicated the reasons cited for bribery in the counties.  Demands by county officials topped the list, at 78 per cent. Other reasons cited were:
  • to avoid service delays,
  • high expectations from county officials, and
  • as a voluntary token of appreciation by goods and service providers.

Mr. Waqo revealed that the Commission had recorded a total of 4,242 reports emanating from counties between 2013-2017. Of these, 3,243 cases had been taken up for investigations. He pointed out that four former and sitting governors had been taken to court over various cases touching on corruption.

The CEO also noted a rapid increase in the level of convictions since 2014, with the Commission having already secured 22 convictions in 2017 out of the 33 cases that were taken to court.

EACC Chief Executive Officer Halakhe Waqo speaking at the Governors’ induction workshop.

Assets recovered between 2010 and 2017, Mr Waqo said, stood at Kshs. 6.1billion, while others worth Kshs. 14billion had been traced. He cited the example of Kshs. 74 million that had been recovered from the former Managing Director of KPA in September 2017 as one of Commission’s greatest strides in its asset recovery efforts.

Within the preventive arm of the Commission, Mr. Waqo noted that 29 Corruption Risk Assessments had been undertaken in 14 county executives and 15 county assemblies. Some of the key findings relating to this pointed to:

  • gross violation of laid down financial and procurement procedures in management of public resources;
  • blatant violation of human resource procedures in recruitment of personnel, promotions, lack of /non-compliance with regulations, policies and procedures in asset management and internal audit among others.

However, Mr Waqo indicated that advisories were issued to counties to address the findings. He asked for partnerships within the county executives and assemblies to conduct more CRAs to help fight corruption and to strengthen systems in the counties.

Commissioner Dr. Dabar Maalim is all ears at the Governors’ induction forum.

Mr Waqo thanked all the 47 county governors and their deputies for signing and committing to the General and Specific Leadership and Integrity Codes, and challenged them to be ambassadors in the war against graft. He also called for collaboration during the Corruption Risk Assessment exercise in order to strength the systems and procedures of work, implementation of leadership and integrity codes, training on ethics and anti-corruption, management of declaration of income assets and liabilities (DIALS), supporting investigations, and vetting of staff during recruitment.  

The Governors’ induction workshop took place between 14th and 16th December 2017, and attracted different actors involved in the devolution process.

Posted on Tuesday, December 19, 2017

 

 
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