EACC reveals runaway corruption at County level
13 November 2013, 13:46
Nairobi - The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has revealed that there is runaway corruption in the County governments due to the massive resource flow to the grassroots for development purpose as a result of the devolved system of government.
Speaking during the launch of the National Survey report in Nairobi Tuesday, the Commission’s Chairperson, Mumo Matemu, said that with the resource movement coupled with the recent discovery of minerals and other resources in a number of counties, there are well founded fears that corruption may intensify in the devolved units of government.
The chair also said that this has also been confirmed by the intelligence reports that the County governments have not fully established structures and systems to address the challenges of accountability and good governance.
“In some counties, there have been outright violation of laws and regulations governing management of County public affairs such as in recruitment, procurement and financial management, as well as inadequate oversight framework given that there is no opposition in majority of the counties due to domination by one party in many counties,” said Matemo.
He urged government departments and ministries mentioned in the survey report as being prone to corruption and unethical practices such as the Police and Lands to take immediate and urgent measures to reform their systems for open service delivery, transparency, accountability and corruption free.
Attorney General, Githu Muigai, said that if corruption at the County level is not effectively addressed, it may hinder the achievement of the vision 2030 and other development goals saying that it can only be achieved through a public service that manages public resources prudently and ethically.
The AG noted that there is the need to review and strengthen some anti-corruption laws including the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act of 2003, the Public Officer Ethics Act 2003, the Proceeds of Crime and Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2009 among others, and pledged to work closely with the EACC, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Kenya Law Reform Commission to ensure that the laws are dully reviewed.
He also expressed concern over the prospect of corruption seeping through the County level and pledged to seek immediate action to guard against it as Kenya implements the devolved system of governance.
He reiterated that in his capacity as the defender of the public interest, he will continue to facilitate the enactment of laws that support the public good through entrenchment of good governance, ethics and integrity.
“We shall ensure that the EACC has adequate capacity to spearhead the fight against corruption and promotion of ethics, not only in the public sector, but as also in the private sector as well as prosecution of the offenders," noted the AG.
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