, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 10 – The Head of the Civil Service Francis Kimemia has ordered all Permanent Secretaries to guard against misappropriation of funds and resources in their respective ministries during the political transition period.
Kimemia said as the country prepares to go to elections, it is important to remember that it is only politicians who will change but government structures will remain intact.
“We have agreed with the PS’s that it is their responsibility to ensure that there is full accountability, we should not allow public resources be misapplied just because we are in an election year,” he said.
Kimemia said there has been a culture of people taking advantage of the transition period to loot government resources, just because the government is changing and wants it avoided at all costs.
“An election year does not translate to an exit mode; the government is there to stay. Politicians will come and go there will be elections but civil servants will continue to function either in the county or central government,” he said.
The country is set to hold polls in March next year at the latest, according to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.
Civil rights and accountability groups have previously accused the government of failing to protect public resources – particularly during an election year when officials resort to looting.
Politicians in government offices, including ministers are known to misuse resources during campaigns at the expense of tax payers.
Kimemia has reminded Permanent Secretaries that they will remain in office as their respective ministers quit and they will be accountable for any mess since they are chief accounting officers.
Soon after the Kibaki administration took over from the Moi regime, some ministers he appointed went public saying they had inherited a “broke government” indicating that there had been massive looting.