Stand up and join war on graft, Godec urges Kenyans

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Nyanza -

US Am­bas­sador Robert Godec yes­ter­day called for speedy and thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tions into cor­rup­tion cases. He said cor­rup­tion un­der­mines Kenya’s fu­ture and that of its econ­omy.

The par­lia­men­tary Pub­lic Ac­counts Com­mit­tee has this week ques­tioned three in­di­vid­u­als over the Sh1.6 bil­lion NYS scan­dal. Audit queries have also been raised in the Health min­istry over the al­leged mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion of Sh5.2 bil­lion.

Godec said the al­le­ga­tions in the Health min­istry should be in­ves­ti­gated im­me­di­ately, com­pe­tently and peo­ple held ac­count­able. He spoke when he vis­ited Kisumu Gover­nor Jack Ranguma. Godec said it is high time all Kenyans stood up and said enough is enough and joined the war on cor­rup­tion.

He urged the gov­ern­ment to put in place sys­tems to stop and pre­vent cor­rup­tion. “There is need for stronger ac­count­abil­ity sys­tems so that there is pos­si­bil­ity of track­ing cor­rupt deals at the same time seal­ing the loop­holes used in cor­rup­tion,” Godec said.

He called for a peace­ful, cred­i­ble, free and fair gen­eral elec­tion. Godec said the US, as Kenya’s big­gest in­vestor, will con­tinue to work with the coun­try to achieve this.

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