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The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

O an­swer the ques­tion whether in de­fence of the Cord gov­er­nors ODM leader Raila Odinga has shot him­self in the foot re­quires a clear un­der­stand­ing of our gov­er­nance struc­ture.

It also re­quires a proper un­der­stand­ing of the au­dit process, which, in this case, is be­ing used to in­tro­duce other un­re­lated is­sues.

To start with, gov­er­nors are not ac­count­ing of­fi­cers. They are chief ex­ec­u­tives in the coun­ties, the same way the Pres­i­dent is the CEO at the na­tional level.

At the na­tional level, we have had scan­dals like the Sh1.6 bil­lion theft at the Na­tional Youth Ser­vice, the Eurobond and the Sh5.3 bil­lion at the Min­istry of Health.

In all these in­stances, no one has claimed the Pres­i­dent was per­son­ally in­volved in these scan­dals. The blame was placed with ac­count­ing of­fi­cers and/or in­di­vid­ual of­fi­cers in the min­istries con­cerned. The Pres­i­dent’s name has been in­voked only in re­gard to ask­ing him to take stern ac­tion against such of­fi­cers where it is widely con­sid­ered they are in­volved in the theft of pub­lic funds

The main ac­tors in the NYS are known, the Eurobond in­famy has its sus­pects and we know that used con­tain­ers in the name of mo­bile clin­ics were pro­cured for Sh10 apiece mil­lion when the ac­tual price was slightly over Sh1 mil­lion. Be­sides ask­ing him to act, Raila never claimed that Pres­i­dent Uhuru is di­rectly in­volved in the scan­dals.

An au­dit query, on the other hand, is not proof of theft or cor­rup­tion. There are many rea­sons why au­dit ques­tions arise. Those ad­versely men­tioned ought to be given time to ex­plain them­selves, fail­ure which they then raises rea­son­able doubts on pos­si­ble theft.

It is the same sit­u­a­tion in the coun­ties, in­stead of di­rect­ing anger at the gov­er­nors we need to fo­cus our at­ten­tion on ac­count­ing of­fi­cers, to make them ac­count­able. The gov­er­nors should only be pres­sur­ized to act by way of en­sur­ing those who bear re­spon­si­bil­ity for the cor­rup­tion are pun­ished.

That is the nature of our gov­er­nance sys­tem. How­ever, the anti-cor­rup­tion ca­coph­ony we are see­ing is sim­ply di­ver­sion­ary.

The Ju­bilee ad­min­is­tra­tion have jumped on these au­dit re­ports on the coun­ties to run away from their own shad­ows in the NYS, Afya House, and the Eurobond scams.

These re­ports have pro­vided the Ju­bilee chiefs with a per­fect op­por­tu­nity to cover up the mega scan­dals be­ing per­pe­trated at the na­tional level.

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