NAIROBI– The Kenyan government has ordered all heads of procurement and accounting in public departments to go on a compulsory thirty day leave to pave way for fresh vetting, with their duties to be undertaken by their deputies during their absence.
Government spokesperson Eric Kiraithe said in a statement here Monday that these top procurement and accounting officials are also required to submit personal information to the Office of the Head of Public Service by this Friday. The information sought includes their assets, liabilities and previous record of service.
The exercise is geared towards determining sustainability to continue holding public office in the public trust, and to promote confidence in the public service. The process will be carried out in a fair and objective manner, exercised with due care and regard to officers’ rights as enshrined in the Constitution, the statement said.
The officers will not be prejudiced and will receive their salaries but will only be allowed to travel on clearance by the Head of Public Service.
The prompt move comes after President Uhuru Kenyatta declared on June 1 that all procurement and accounting heads in government will undergo lie detector tests during fresh vetting.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK