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COMMISSION HIGHLIGHTS GAPS IN CORRUPTION FIGHT IN NAKURU

19th February 2018. An in-depth assessment of policies, systems, procedures and practices of work at the Nakuru County Executive and Assembly has pointed to the absence of governance instruments and corruption prevention frameworks. The assessment, done by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission(EACC), identifies these frameworks as corruption reporting boxes and complaints handling mechanisms among others.

Details of the assessment are contained in reports of the Commissions Corruption Risk Assessment (CRA) of work at Nakuru County Executive and County Assembly which was conducted from June 26, 2017 to August 2017. In one case, the assessment reveals, the wage bill of the November and December 2016 had a variance of Kshs.69,162,916.59, which was not reconciled to determine the cause.

Presenting the reports to Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui on February 19, EACC Chairman Retired Archbishop Eliud Wabukala called for partnership with the county government to ensure that systems that make it difficult to engage in corruption and unethical conduct are put in place.

He warned that the Commission would, through the recommendations made and other mechanisms, monitor utilization of county resources and ensure those looting public resources were punished.

The County Assembly is now expected to prepare an implementation plan of the CRAs recommendations and submit it to the EACC within a month from the date of the presentation of the report. The plan will then assist the Commission to monitor progress of the implementation and to address any emerging issues.

Chairman Wabukala pledged the Commissions support in the implementation of the recommendations, which he highlighted as:

  • The need to put in place sound policies and a legal framework in the implementation of their mandates; administering the budget and vote book controls appropriately;
  • enforcing sound financial management systems in relation to revenue management, payments, ward office operating expenses, mortgage and car loan schemes, banking, remittances, imprest and assets;
  • the need to espouse the independence of the internal audit function; adherence to the public procurement procedures and processes;
  • safeguarding human resource management principles; and
  • setting up appropriate fleet (motor vehicle) and records management systems.

The commission has completed similar exercises in Kericho, Kisii, Kwale, Laikipia, Nyeri, Tharaka Nithi, Busia, and Vihiga Counties.

The Corruption Risk Assessment is run by the Commissions preventive arm and its main objective is to:

  • Review the systems, policies, procedures and practices of County executive and assembly to identify corruption prone areas;
  • identify existing structural weaknesses that can be exploited to perpetuate corrupt activities;
  • recommend strategies for preventing corruption and enhancing accountability in methods of work at the County executive; and
  • prepare and disseminate a report of findings and recommendations.


EACC Chair Rtd. Archbishop Eliud Wabukala giving his remarks during the presentation of the CRA reports at the Agricultural Training Centre, Soilo, Nakuru.

EACC Deputy CEO Michael Mubea urged the county heads to take the implementation of the recommendations seriously to avert loss of resources in both the County Assembly and the Executive. He specifically pointed key thematic issues that arose during the assessment key among them, the absence of governance instruments and corruption prevention frameworks such as corruption reporting boxes and complaints handling mechanisms.

EACC deputy CEO Michael Mubea speaks during the presentation of the CRA reports in Nakuru.

Mr. Mubea also noted challenges in the financial, supply chain and human resource management where a series of inconsistencies in management of these resources was noted. He reiterated the urgent need to fight corruption and un-ethical conduct, which he said was gravely affecting the nation by undermining development and service delivery to the people. He therefore called for entrenchment of good governance and enhancement of anti-corruption strategies in all levels of governance.


Nakuru County Governor Lee Kinyanjui giving his speech during the presentation of CRA reports for both the County Executive and Assembly at the Agricultural Training Centre, Soilo, Nakuru.

Governor Kinyajui vowed to implement the recommendations and welcomed the call for partnership in the fight against corruption and unethical conduct in the county. His remarks were echoed by County Assembly Speaker Joel Maina Kairu, who termed the report as timely in the campaign for good governance within the county.

The reports were presented at the Agricultural Training Center Hall in Soilo, Nakuru, and officially handed over by EACC Chair Retired archbishop Eliud Wabukala, who was accompanied by Deputy CEO Michael Mubea among other EACC top Management.



Top: EACC Chair Rtd. Archbishop Eliud Wabukala presenting CRA Reports to Nakuru County Govenor Nakuru Lee Kinyanjui and County Assembly Speaker Joel Maina Kairu (bottom)


Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2018
 
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