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EACC: We are not targeting governors

06 March 2014, 15:00 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) is not witch-hunting governors and officials from the counties to victimise them, the EACC Chief Executive Officer, Halakhe Waqo has said.

Halakhe said that the Anti-graft body is instead seeking for means of working cordially with the counties and helping them set up proper structures that can curb corruption.

Speaking Wednesday in Vihiga County where he paid Governor Moses Akaranga a courtesy call, Halakhe said that they want to create a system where they will collaborate and support county governments.

“When we visit a county, we are not always going after someone’s life and bringing them down. Our responsibility lies in collaborating with the counties and supporting them where necessary,” Halakhe said.

He said that they do not want to demonise officers who are working in the counties, where everyone will be blaming them and looking at them as if they are the ones who are stalling the counties' progress.

Halakhe addressed county executive members, members of county public service board, and officers from the procurement and accounts departments.

He however noted that if issues of office malpractice will arise in the course of duty, then the commission will not hesitate to prosecute those involved.

“If issues arise in the procurement, managing the county accounts and any other docket, we do not fear prosecuting anybody,” he said.

Halakhe was accompanied by the EACC Regional Manager, Charles Rasugu and other officials from the commission's headquarters in Nairobi.

He said that officers fear visiting the anti-corruption offices and therefore most of the time their officers have no clients to attend to.

“When we come down to the people, we are only trying to prevent problems. There are many professionals in Nairobi who can help with advice where it is needed and thus officers should utilise them,” he said.

Rasugu said that counties have become amalgamations of malpractices that riddled former local councils and thus governors have a hard task in ensuring that things are put into place for the benefit of the people.

“Governors have a tough task of controlling the mentality that is still in the people regarding the former local authorities, and employing of competent staff who will steer counties ahead. They must therefore be very strong if devolution must work,” Rasugu said.

Akaranga said that the county will provide land for the EACC so that they can construct their offices in the county for effective service delivery to the people.

“The county government of Vihiga will provide free land for the commission so that they can construct their offices near the people because many officers fear visiting the offices in Nairobi,” he said.  

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