Kenya’s Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) is reaching out to the country’s county governments in its bid to wipe out widespread corruption, says its Vice-Chairperson, Sophie Lepuchirit.
There is a need for the devolved units of government to share information and data with members of the public to not only avoid public speculation on misappropriation of funds, but also to serve as an indication they are free to be held accountable, she said here Sunday.
Lepuchirit called for partnerships with county governments which she said must be ready to share information with members of the public as an indication that they are ready to be put to task over the usage of funds.
Her comments came as the Kigumo Member of Parliament, Jamleck Kamau, and Kandara MP Alice Wahome called for the prosecution of those who had masterminded the National Youth Service scam which was recently uncovered.
The EACC has been at the receiving end of attacks recently over the manner it is has been handling cases of graft, specially after it cleared former Cabinet Secretary (Minister) for Devolution, Anne Waiguru, only to beat a hasty retreat and announce it would open fresh investigations against her following the explosive affidavit filed in court by businesswoman Josephine Kabura.
Murang’a County Governor Mwangi wa Iria has been among critics of the commission, saying the EACC was being used by certain powerful individuals to settle personal scores.
Elsewhere, in Narok Narok Constituency, MP Moitalel ole Kenta called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to do all he can and wipe out corruption in the country.