Devolution ministry staff in fear in wake of graft purge

By: JUSTUS WANGA

Since fresh reports of massive corruption came to light at the Devolution ministry last week, no meaningful work has taken place at Harambee House offices with staff said to be on edge.

The 10th floor offices, which are usually a beehive of activity are quiet.

The presence of detectives seeking to establish the veracity of the reports on funds misuse has also meant that no payments can be made or approved for any projects further reducing traffic to the offices.

The Sunday Nation established that with the grilling of the Principal Secretary Peter Mangiti by the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission on Thursday, other departmental heads are not resting easy fearing they could also be summoned.

Their fear is compounded by the minister Anne Waiguru’s sentiments that she is not an accounting officer and they should be held to account.

The sheer size of her ministry has meant that it is the docket with the highest number of staff and the big number of advisers, consultants and quasi-state officials hired on special terms.

Ms Waiguru survived an impeachment motion last year after the mover, Igembe South MP Mithika Linturi cowed under pressure.

None of the employees was willing to discuss the subject.

Most of them are of the opinion that the media are hyping the financial report tabled before the National Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee to taint Ms Waiguru’s ‘otherwise good standing’.

The Director of Communications at the ministry Browne Kutswa could not be reached for comment.

Devolution and Planning ministry combines what used to be the Local Government, Ministry of Youth, Special Programmes, Public Service, Gender, Regional Development, North Eastern and Planning dockets.

SOURCE: DAILY NATION