En­hance fi­nan­cial sys­tems, EACC ad­vises

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - NATIONAL NEWS - BY SAMWEL OWINO

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.

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