Enhance financial systems, EACC advises
The Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC) has advised 20 counties and some government departments to strengthen their systems to prevent financial theft.
Director of Field Services Vincent Odongo pointed at systemic weaknesses in counties that led to loss of millions of shillings.
He said that if proper systems were in place both at the counties and government departments, loss of taxpayers’ money through systems manipulation would be stemmed.
Among the counties the EACC wants to strengthen their systems are Kisumu, Homa Bay, Kericho, Bungoma, Kisii, Nandi, Kakamega, Nyeri, Nakuru, Bomet. Others are Embu, Laikipia, Isiolo, Machakos, Kitui, Kajiado, Kilifi and Kwale.
Also in the spotlight are the Land ministry, Land and Environment, the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (Kemsa), ports of entry such as borders, airports and the Parliamentary Service Commission.
Mr Odongo said that sealing loopholes was a continuous process. He praised the Immigration department for taking its advice with impressive results.
While approving the nomination of Mr Twalib Mbarak as EACC’S new boss last year, MPS urged him to extend his investigations to the counties, where rampant corruption is taking place.
They claimed that some officers sent to the counties to investigate graft collude with corrupt officials to conceal theft in the devolved units.
They pointed out that many weak laws in the counties allow governors to misuse public funds.