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Courts are derailing war on graft, says Gumbo

05 August 2015, 09:23 Dennis Omido

Nairobi - National Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman, Nicholas Gumbo has claimed that the justice system in Kenya is an impediment to the war on corruption.

He accused the courts of taking too long to rule on corruption cases against public servants and senior government officials.

“There is unbelievable wastage of public resources at national and county governments, but no one has ever been put behind bars,” Gumbo said during an interview.

Gumbo said those hitting at the Auditor General over audit report were misinformed because he was only doing his work as required by the constitution.

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He lashed out at Treasury Cabinet Secretary, Henry Rotich who trashed the report and said it lacked international standards of auditing.

“Rotich is the custodian of our national granary. It puzzles me why he would put a full page advertisement in local dailies to refute the report.  He should have engaged the Auditor General and the MPs instead of rushing to the press.

“These are some of the queries we will ask him when he appears before the committee,” Gumbo said.

Gumbo said accounting officers were to blame for the alleged loss of KES 66 billion public funds.

“Accounting officer have a tendency of saying they are too busy and delegate their functions to their juniors, who are unable to respond to the Auditor General’s queries,” Gumbo said.

He said MPs will dig deep into the report to ascertain how much money was misused in a report that will be released in the next three months.

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