Kenya VP wants corrupt officials pursued

January 16, 2009 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 16 – Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka is calling for "thorough investigation" into corruption allegations implicating senior government officials in the agricultural and energy sectors.

The Vice President stressed the need for tough action to be taken against those found to be guilty.

He singled out investigations by Interpol and the Kenya Anti Corruption Commission which are trying to unravel the Triton Scam.  Already, attempts are being made to track down the proprietor  Yagnesh Devani who has since left the country.

"Investigations have been opened and I hope this will be conclusively handled so that Kenyans get to know the truth about the whole matter," Mr Musyoka stated adding that the Sh7.6 billion saga was earth shaking.

He expressed confidence that the investigations would bear fruit and further outlined the far reaching effects of the cases.

"It has a potential of ruining the economy. This looks bigger than even Goldenberg and I am happy that the banks have been able to stay firm. The assurance that was given by the governor of the Central Bank, I think was very important," the VP said.

The Kenya Pipeline Company and Triton Petroleum are accused of colluding to unlawfully release millions of litres of fuel without the consent of financiers.

The Vice President further urged those involved in the scandals to own up stating that the high number of graft cases was having a negative impact on Kenyans.

He was speaking after the delivery of vehicles, mattresses and blankets to penal institutions where he emphasised the government’s commitment to implementing reforms by the Madoka commission.

 "We are not just thinking of the welfare of the inmates. We are also going to be thinking in terms of providing uniform," he stated adding, "We have even addressed the issue of promotion. When we went out it was one of the things the Madoka report recommended. People have served in the same grade for twenty years."

The Vice President who also heads the Home Affairs ministry affirmed the government’s commitment to take care of the welfare of the prisons staff in terms of housing and promotion.

"We want to see a service that will be very well regarded by all Kenyans", he said.

Mr Musyoka also issued a stern warning to public servants not to misuse any government equipment stating that this would not be tolerated.

He emphasised the need for officers to deliver quality service to the people as a way of improving the country’s economic status.

Meanwhile, Ministry of Home Affairs Permanent Secretary Dr Ludeki Chweya pointed out that the launch of the Integrated Correctional Services in the Prisons Department was aimed at transforming the correctional services so as to attain the highest standard of operation.

At the same time, Commissioner of Prisons, Isaiah Osugo gave the assurance that everything was being done to improve the working environment of warders in prisons and the living conditions of inmates.

"The department is determined to ensuring that prisoners move to courts and hospitals promptly by providing efficient transport to all penal institutions," he said.


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