Kwale keen to end graft, says Mvurya

Seventy per cent of cases re­solved

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - ALLOYS MUSYOKA @k2­musyoka

The Kwale gov­ern­ment says it has ad­dressed 70 per cent of the is­sues raised by the Ethics and Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion since last year.

Gov­er­nor Salim Mvurya on Wed­nes­day said the county has tack­led is­sues of gover­nance, plan­ning and bud­get­ing, as­set man­age­ment, fi­nan­cial man­age­ment, in­ter­nal au­dit and sup­ply chain man­age­ment.

He spoke in Diani where he re­ceived a cor­rup­tion risk assess­ment re­port con­ducted in 2015.

The re­port was pre­sented by EACC com­mis­sioner Rose Macharia. She held a closed-door meet­ing with Mvurya and Deputy Gov­er­nor Fa­tuma Achani be­fore ad­dress­ing res­i­dents.

Mvurya said, “The EACC has been look­ing at ar­eas where we need to put in place much stronger sys­tems to pre­vent cor­rup­tion. Al­ready, we have a Pub­lic Par­tic­i­pa­tion Act. We are putting up an as­set reg­is­ter and re­cruit­ing an au­dit com­mit­tee to strengthen our re­solve and make sure our sys­tems work for the peo­ple.”

He wel­comed the re­port, say­ing it will help the county end cor­rup­tion.

“You re­alise all the is­sues raised by the EACC since 2015 when the assess­ment was done have been han­dled cor­rectly,” Mvurya said.

He said his ad­min­is­tra­tion is com­mit­ted to work­ing with the EACC to en­sure ex­ec­u­tives, chief of­fi­cers and di­rec­tors fight graft.

Macharia said au­dits have also been done in Kisii, Keri­cho, Laikipia, Ny­eri and Vihiga coun­ties.

“Our aim is to look at the sys­tems of all pub­lic ser­vice sec­tors and en­sure pro­cure­ment and rev­enue col­lec­tion is done within the law,” she said.

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