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EACC raise alarm on devolving corruption

25 October 2013, 00:08 Joseph Njung'eh

Nairobi - The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission of Kenya (EACC) vice chairperson, Irene Keino, on Thursday expressed concern of devolving corruption trends to the new system of governance.

Keino raised alarm that some County governments have not fully established accountability structures which would ensure resources are managed in a transparent and accountable manner.

Speaking at a Nyeri hotel after gracing FIDA workshop, Keino said implementation of devolved governments has witnessed channeling of massive resources to the grassroots. "A number of County governments have fully inherited the institutional structures of the previous local authorities which offered great opportunities for corruption,"noted Keino.

From reports received in the commission’s Reports and Data centre, Keino said dangers of massive rob and misappropriation of public resources is real. She asked professional organizations to carry a responsibility of questioning how public affairs are managed. "I urge organizations to speak against challenges affecting Kenyans such as corruption and impunity,” she said.

The acting chairperson also complained that some counties are not following the due process of procurement and therefore facilitate misconduct in public institutions. She further said that there has been economic turn around in the country but the position of youth and women in the society need to be addressed saying it is an area of concern.“EACC is responsible for Ethics and Integrity affairs and has made efforts to facilitate the oversight and implementation of chapter six of the constitution,"she added.

According to a 2008 report by United Nations Development Fund for Women(UNIFEM)findings indicate that women are vulnerable to the impact of corruption than men. Keino, in that regard, said it is particularly true in public service delivery.

“Women form a larger proportion of the poor and take primary responsibility for child care, furthermore they are more reliant on freely provided public services. As a result, corruption in public service delivery has a disproportionate impact on women,”said the scholar.

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