, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 16 – “It is a very bold move that Machakos County has subjected itself to,” were the sentiments of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission Chief Executive Officer Halakhe Waqo when he received a lifestyle audit report of staff there.
Waqo was addressing journalists at the Integrity Centre on Monday after Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua voluntarily submitted documents pertaining to the wealth of county employees to the anti-graft bold.
Mutua, whose wealth information was also part of the report, however noted that, “As I filled my wealth declaration form and looked at my money, I realised because I have been busy with Machakos, I have not been doing my businesses. I have actually become poorer.”
The move, he said has been necessitated by the need to weed out corruption within the county, which he blames of slowing down development.
“I want Machakos to be the ‘cleanest’ and the best county in the country,” he said.
He said he had suggested for the lifestyle audit due to the ongoing greed by government officials.
Among the documents handed over to EACC include bank accounts, PIN numbers, ID Numbers, particulars if the previous employers among others.
Mutua however castigated his Deputy Bernard Kiala for failing to make his personal information for the lifestyle audit available.
“I want myself to be audited. The only information we are missing is that from the Deputy Governor who has for whatever reason refused to provide that information to be handed over to EACC,” he complained.
“We hope he is going to do that because we are not sure of what he is hiding.”
Governor Mutua was accompanied by three Members of Parliament from Ukambani region, several MCA’s and county officials.
The legislators who welcomed the move by the Governor called for individual responsibility when fighting corruption.
“The battle with corruption must be taken to exactly where it happens. We cannot fight corruption the way ICC does its investigations,” Mwala Constituency MP Vincent Musyoka said.
According to Musyoka, this will also reduce cases of sabotage.
Also present was John Munuve, MP Mwingi North and Michael Kisoi, MP Mbooni constituency.
The outcome of the audit is expected in two to three months according to Waqo.
Property recovered during the exercise will be liquidated and thereafter handed over to the public.