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Govt given 7-day ultimatum to act on corruption

30 July 2015, 09:06 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – Youths allied to the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) have issued a seven-day notice to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration to swiftly act on graft reports released by the Auditor General.

CORD Youth League led by the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader, Silvanus Osoro said it is disheartening to see State departments misappropriating billions of taxpayers’ money yet many youths are jobless.

Osoro said they are going to adhere to US President Barack Obama’s call for youths and citizens at large not to remain quiet in the fight against corruption.

“We demand accounts of State offices with questionable expenditures be frozen, clear scrutiny done within seven days failure to which we are going mobilize all youths in the country to conduct massive protests until responsible culprits are prosecuted,” said Osoro.

He criticized the National Youth Service (NYS) programme of recruiting youths to participate in casual work for meager wages yet various government ministries and State agencies can’t account for billion of their expenditures.

Read Also: Quarter of state budget unaccounted for -auditor general

“The government should not fool us (youths) through its NYS projects where youths are paid KES 500 for doing petty jobs yet billions of shillings is going into pockets of a few people. The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission has failed in the fight against corruption and it does not exist,” said Osoro.

The Auditor General, Edward Ouko’s audit report released Tuesday this week revealed that 17 ministries and State departments used a total of KES 66.7 billion but can’t account for the expenditure due to lack of documents to support the transactions.

Questionable spending highlighted in Ouko’s report include KES 22.5 billion for Health Ministry, KES 1.2 billion for Lands Ministry, KES 231 million for Interior Ministry, KES 12 billion for Education ministry, KES 22 billion for Transport ministry,  KES 1.1 billion for Defense department, KES 700 million for Government Press, KES 391 million for Strategic Grain Reserve Trust, KES 1.2 billion for General Service Unit, KES 171 million for Parliamentary Service Commission, KES 31 million for National Police Service Commission and KES 60 million for cash bail refunds by the National Police Service Commission.    

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