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EACC partners with LSK

10 May 2013, 13:52 Wangui Joseph

Kenya Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) on Thursday recognized Law Society of Kenya (LSK) as their crucial partner in the fight against corruption.

The commission’s acting chairperson Irene Keino said LSK is an important partner since most corrupt deals will involve a legal professional in one way.

Addressing members of Mount Kenya LSK branch during a two-day workshop at a Nyeri Hotel, Keino noted that she anticipates positive results from the partnership.

She however articulated her fears that corruption practices might massively revolutionize devolved governments since there are no structures and systems to ensure accountability at county level.

“Lawyers are in a good position to get corrupt officers since they mostly interact with all kinds of people. We are advising them to educate and sensitize the public on the need for a corrupt free nation,” she said.

The chairperson also said that the commission is seeking prosecution powers to get rid of corrupt officers, saying the challenge is that some leaders are opposing the enactment of solid laws which would in turn seal all existing loopholes.

However, Keino said EACC is distressed that governors are recruiting County executives without seeking their advice regarding the applicants’ integrity.

She said the advertisements in the local dailies demand for different requirements though they will have to liaise with governors to come up with solid and uniform structures in future.

Keino pointed out that the commission will conduct a Corruption Perception Survey and research in each county to assess the county governments’ performance regarding corruption.

“The information collected will be in a database ranking counties from the most corrupt to the least corrupt. We shall urge the national government to give the least corrupt county some benefits,” she said.

Keino added that EACC is infusing accountability in discharge of public affairs by sensitizing people that it is their role to rebuke and expose officers engaging in corruption.

The commission is in a process of devolving its services by establishing regional offices. However, Keino said they have already opened five regional offices and will soon open three others in Isiolo, Makueni and Nakuru.

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