, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 30 – The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has called on Kenyans to be vigilant and monitor the implementation of budgets by County Governments to curb corruption.
Speaking on Tuesday during a workshop with representatives of County Public Service Boards from the 47 devolved governments, EACC Deputy CEO Michael Mubea said there was too much attention on graft at the National Government level yet colossal amounts of money being channeled to the counties were being looted.
“The area we’re feeling much disappointment is that there’s much attention on the National Government and not on the counties by the public,” Mubea said during the workshop at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies.
According to Mubea, huge amounts of money trickling down to the counties were being embezzled by public officers at the expense of taxpayers’ right to development.
“Over Sh1 trillion has trickled to the counties over the last three months but can you see this money on ground?” he posed. “When we release reports, we expect the public to interact with them and hold their Governors accountable.”
Mubea said the commission had in the recent past undertaken corruption risk assessment audits in the counties in a bid to flag out corruption prone areas. He however said there was for concerted efforts by all stakeholders – the public included – to aid in combating the vice.
Mubea urged members of the public to report cases of corruption at regional centers in order to bring public officials who mismanage public funds to book and help recover stolen funds.
“In the financial year 2015/16 alone we recovered assets in cash of Sh700 million. From April 206 to date, we have had 21 cases in court out of which 18 have resulted into convictions.”
EACC Vice Chairperson Sophia Lepuchirit who also spoke during the workshop expressed concerns over the diversionary tactics adopted by public servants accused of corrupt dealings, saying Kenyans must be cautious not to be used by leaders to sabotage the commissions’ work.
“The public should stop politicising corruption issues,” she said. “When suspects come to the EACC for interrogation, people are very fast to say this is a CORD person, this is a Jubilee person or this is our clan member.”
Lepuchirit pointed out that the commission has remained impartial in investigating corruption regardless of political affiliations of those who stand accused of perpetuating graft.
“The fight against corruption will not be won if we supported people who have looted public resources and who have not spent the resources allocated according to the needs of their people.”
The two urged members of the public to be at liberty to report corruption at EACC regional centers spread across the country adding that one could choose to remain anonymous as they do so.