Union of Kenya Civil Servants (UKCS) has voiced its support for the ongoing purge on corruption public offices.
In a press statement released to media houses on Thursday the union was however quick to cautioned the law enforcers against victimizing innocent civil servants in their zeal to crack the whip on the culprits.
The move by the president to direct the vetting of some categories of public servants is welcome and should receive public support. We wish to reiterate our continued support for all the public servants who will be subjected to the vetting It read in part.
We do not expect any form of victimization and we sincerely hope that the officers will cooperate with the authorities in a bid to eliminate all avenues of corruption, read the statement signed by the union’s First Deputy Secretary General Mr. Jerry Ole Kina.
The public service, the statement added, has for a long time been used as a conduit for massive corruption as there was no political will to fight the vice.
Ole Kina used the statement to call on the officers implicated to disclose all information required to help in the corruption war for the benefit of the national economy following the current political will.
As the war is waged on the accountants and procurement officers, it should be appreciated that the officers act on instructions from their superiors. Where necessary, I appeal to them to name the superiors who issue instructions to process deals that pave way to theft of public funds.
Ole Kina said his union will stand firm in defense of justice for the Kenyan people but most of all we will be on the look out to ensure that the vetting process will not be turned into a victimization process. We are watching.
He added through a phone call that public servants have been getting peanuts in terms of salaries as a few crooks among them plundered public resources meant to earn them a decent pay.
Source: Kenya News Agency