EACC’s trains Bomet County Corruption Prevention Committee

EACC’s trains Bomet County Corruption Prevention Committee

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) South Rift Regional Office has conducted a two-day sensitization workshop for Bomet County’s Corruption Prevention Committee (CPC).

Focusing on, among others, strategies for corruption prevention; understanding the legal framework in the fight against corruption; positive organization culture that promote integrity; and the roles of a CPC in mainstreaming ethics and integrity, the workshop aimed at enhancing the Committee’s capacity to prevent and combat corruption within Bomet County.

The two-day workshop ending today in Kericho town underscores the importance of a collaborative approach, involving both public officials and the community, to effectively address and reduce corruption.

Sitting third from left, EACC Education Officer Ahmed Sadik, Regional Manager for South Rift, Mr Godfrey Oyugi and Governor for Bomet County in a group photo with members of the County’s CPC

Corruption Prevention Committee is established to spearhead anti-corruption and integrity initiatives in an entity. The Accounting Officer of the public entity formally appoints members to the CPC, and EACC provides training to the CPC to ensure that it can discharge its responsibilities.

CPCs are responsible for the development, implementation, review and monitoring of corruption prevention framework including corruption prevention policy, whistle-blowing protection mechanism, gifts and conflict of interest registers, codes of conduct and ethics and reporting mechanisms; Preparation of annual corruption prevention plan; Coordination of bribery and corruption risk assessment and management; Handling of complaints on alleged corruption and unethical conduct; and Coordination of preparation and submission of quarterly reports to the Commission.

They also identify and recommend training needs on ethics, integrity and anticorruption; Collaborate and cooperate with anti-corruption stakeholders; Supervise activities of the Integrity Assurance Officers; and monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of anti-corruption initiatives.

CPCs are composed of a chairperson, who is ordinarily the accounting officer of the entity; members, who are heads of departments or directorates; and a secretary.

Members of the Bomet County Corruption Prevention Committee in a session at a training workshop held in Kericho

The Bomet County Governor, Dr Hillary Barchok expressed his appreciation for the EACC’s efforts in combating corruption and highlighted the significance of the workshop in strengthening hs county’s integrity frameworks. He urged his County Executive Committee members to uphold the highest standards of integrity and accountability in their duties. Maintaining ethical conduct, the Governor said, is crucial for fostering public trust and ensuring effective governance in Bomet County

EACC’s Regional Manager for South Rift, Mr Godfrey Oyugi lauded the County Government of Bomet for organizing the training of the top echelons of the county. He stressed on the importance of such capacity building workshops and asked the Governor to cascade it to the lower cadre staff within the county.

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