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Mutunga urges oversight bodies to play their roles effectively

12 August 2014, 13:16 Oduor Omondi

Kisumu - Chief Justice, Willy Mutunga has urged oversight bodies in the country to effectively play their watchdog roles in order to safeguard public resources.

The  CJ, in a speech read on his behalf by Kisumu Court of  Appeal  Presiding Judge, Justice John Onyango Otieno, told participants attending a conference on accountability in Kisumu that they have an obligation to act in public interest, protect public resources, and not use their positions for short-term selfish gains.

Dr.  Mutunga pointed out that public officers should not misunderstand their job security to mean a period of comfort but rather a term of action.

He said that they cannot ignore the fact that public resources are being raided and huge heists taken away.

“It is truly puzzling that with 48 public accounts committees, scores of auditors, hundreds of anti-corruption investigators and tens of thousands of police officers, white-collar banditry is such a crisis in Kenya,” stated Dr. Mutunga.

He noted that the fact the Constitution goes to great lengths to set standards of behaviour for officials in public life is in itself an acknowledgement that bad behaviour in public office had reached epidemic levels.

The CJ pointed out that corruption is a strong determinant of development outcomes and bears a strong correlative relationship with insecurity and instability.

The meeting brought together the 47 county’s public accounts committees and members from both Parliamentary Investment Committee (PIC) and Parliamentary Accounts Committee (PAC).

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