REPORTS FROM THE
County governments urged to put
in place anti-graft structures
More regional offices will be considered once the
Commission concludes the ongoing vetting process of
its staff as required by law
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
anti-corruption agency on Monday called on the county
governments created under the devolved government
structure to put anti-graft system in place to enhance
transparency and accountability with appropriate
checks and balances.
statement issued in Nairobi, the Ethics and Anti-
Corruption Commission (EACC) expressed its readiness
in preventing and combating corruption in the
developed units of governance and warned corrupt
officials of prosecution.
Commission would like to assure all Kenyans that it is
continually putting in place mechanism to ensure that its
services are extended and accessible in all the county
governments,” EACC Vice chairperson Irene Keino said in
Keino put on notice
all State officers that it shall zealously discharge its
mandate with regard to combating and preventing corruption in
public officer, wherever serving in whoever capacity should
regard him or herself as outside the scrutiny or grasp of
the law. Any and every public official who plunders public
resources or engages in unethical conduct shall be swiftly
and decisively dealt with by the Commission in accordance
with the law,” she warned.
The new system,
under the new Constitution, is geared towards involving the
people in governance by giving them chance to actively engage
in law making, and also allows better supervision and better
implementation of the projects at the grassroots.
say the constitution, born of the post- election chaos of
2008, and the devolution project embedded in it is a direct
attempt to address the underlying causes of that conflict.
government is meant to defuse the inequities that have
undermined national cohesion, and to prevent the concentration
(and confiscation) of power by ruling factions.
Keino called on the
public to vigilantly scrutinize and monitor the activities of
their leaders, especially with regard to management of public
[public] should be on the look out for instances of misuse,
plunder or embezzlement of public resources; or any other form
of unethical conduct of public officers and share such
information with the Commission,” she said.
Keino said the
election of all the 47 Governors, Senators and County
Representatives in the March 4 general elections demonstrated
that the process of actual devolution had been ushered in
earnest in the East African nation.
She said the
anti-graft agency will open three more regional offices in
Nakuru in northwest Kenya, Isiolo in northern Kenya and
Makueni in eastern Kenya to supplement the Commission’s
services available in the agency’s obtaining regions.
regional offices will be considered once the Commission
concludes the ongoing vetting process of its staff as
required by law,” she said.
called on County leaders to observe and uphold the rule of law
and the constitutional requirements and standards on
Keino also called on
the county leaders to formulate and implement a framework for
civic education and empowerment to enhance citizens’
participation in governance.
Commission calls upon all leaders and in particular State
officers of the respective counties to strictly comply with
and observe the requirements of all laws, regulations and
procedures put in place to regulate management of county
affairs, especially with regard to ethnics and integrity,”
The anti-graft vice
chairperson also calls the county leaders to foster
cooperation and collaboration with other institutions and
stakeholders in promoting ethnics and governance on county
She said lack of
systems of devolved governance are new and largely not clearly
understood, noting that corruption thrives where there are no
systems or the system are weak.
is a major obstacle to the realization of good governance.
It not only undermines the ability of government to deliver
services to the people, but also erodes public trust in the
government and its agencies,” Keino said.
Many Kenyans have
expressed hope that devolution will boost interaction between
the government and local communities to address misuse of
resources like forests, minerals and wildlife.
They said there will
be abundant resources in the 47 counties including sand,
honey, coal and limestone and only hope that these counties
will have clear plans on how to exploit these resources for
the benefit of everyone.
government includes a country assembly and executive
committees led by governors who are directly elected.
administration is charged with the responsibility of
exercising executive power, implementing laws for
administration of the county as well as carrying out other
executive functions of the county.
Members of the
county assemblies and a Speaker will have powers to enact laws
for effective performance at the county level, act as an
oversight instrument on the county executive committee and
receive, approve plans and policies for smooth operation and
management of resources and county institutions.
Noting that there
will be teething problems, Kenyatta said the hiccups should
not be interpreted as attempts to derail devolution. “Let us
understand that we will have problems but we are committed to
working together in resolving those problems and ensuring
devolution succeeds,” he said.
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