Anti-graft war cascading to counties – Kenyatta

March 18, 2014 1:12 pm
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President Uhuru Kenyatta who launched the commission's five-year strategic plan on Tuesday said the fight against the vice will be boosted if the National and County Governments play their roles/PSCU
President Uhuru Kenyatta who launched the commission’s five-year strategic plan on Tuesday said the fight against the vice will be boosted if the National and County Governments play their roles/PSCU
NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 18 – The 47 County Governments have been asked to adopt the newly launched Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission strategic plan in fighting corruption.

President Uhuru Kenyatta who launched the commission’s five-year strategic plan on Tuesday said the fight against the vice will be boosted if the National and County Governments play their roles.

“I am especially pleased that the commission has embarked on a corruption prevention advisory programme, targeting every county in the Republic,” he said.

The President explained that the programme was aimed at ensuring County Governments put in place policies, systems and procedures that are intolerant to corruption.

“Let me be perfectly clear; it is the duty of each and every County Government to take this and other programmes being rolled out by the commission very seriously. It is equally their duty to comply with it,” he affirmed.

The President also assured the EACC of the Government’s support as it establishes itself in each county.

“In coming closer to Kenyans, the commission will be able to respond efficiently and in a timely manner to corruption; it will be better placed to disrupt, deter and prevent these practices,” he said.

During the event, the President also went ahead to present copies of the plan to various County Governors who were present. Among the Governor’s present was Evans Kidero of Nairobi, Kinuthia Mbugua of Nakuru and Narok’s Samuel Tunai.

Noting that mega corruption has transnational aspects, the President also said during his tenure as the Chairman of the East African Community, he will mobilise his colleagues to ensure the EAC Protocol on Combating and Preventing Corruption is signed and ratified by each member state.

He said the Jubilee Government is ready to introduce further reforms to strengthen governance and to fight corruption and economic crime.

“We remain determined to protect public resources, and to use them prudently and for the purposes for which they are intended,” he said.

“Let me be clear on this matter; my Government simply will not tolerate corruption. It is our duty to protect and defend the resources entrusted to us by the Kenyan people.”

He said he was determined to protect public resources and to use them prudently for the purpose for which they are intended.

“It is our duty to protect and defend the resources entrusted to us by the Kenyan people,” he stated.

Through the strategic plan, the president noted that the country will adopt new strategies to combat and prevent corruption and unethical practices. READ We’re not probing any Cabinet Secretaries – EACC

“Key among these are the intensification of investigations, the tracing and recovery of corruptly acquired public assets, and the widening of the scope of preventive measures to every level of government,” he said.

Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission Chairperson Mumo Matemu however complained that lack of a national anti-corruption policy to guide the fight against the vice may affect investigation and recovery of assets.

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