ETHICS AND ANTI-CORRUPTION COMMISSION REPORT
The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, EACC in its report has singled out the revenue collection system in Kajiado as the major contributor towards wanton corruption cases in the County.
The use of casual workers in collection of revenue exposes them to public coffers which most often than not they do not account for.
Speaking in Kajiado town today while launching a corruption risk assessment report, EACC Commissioner Dabar Abdi Maalim said since the onset of devolution there has been notable progress to report though a lot still needs to be done to seal corruption loopholes.
He admitted that the county revenue collection system has been a major worry that the Kajiado County Government had managed to put measures to address by placing county staff rather than casuals to man revenue collection points.
He lauded the efforts made by the county administration in initiating the implementation plans outlined by the draft report EACC had presented earlier.
“We will be following closely to see if the recommendations are followed to the latter and we expect to get feedback in the next one month,” Abdi remarked.
He further noted the irregular use of IFMIS authorization credentials by County staff as another loophole for corruption in the County.
On matters Human resource, the commissioner recommended that job descriptions for county staff be redefined for the proper placement of officers in their correct jobs.
Present at the launch was the Deputy Governor Martin Moshisho who welcomed the timely report together with its recommendations adding that the government was ready to act on the highlighted areas.
He intimated that over the next one month, the implementation plan will target key areas of Revenue collection, procurement and human resource as a way of streamlining government operations.
Moshisho said H.E. Joseph Ole Lenku had made it his undertaking to rid the county of corruption and the report by a he EACC would serve as a road map in this endeavor.
“We are committed to automate revenue collections because If we have a weak revenue collection system we will lose a lot of money as a county,” he warned.
Hon. Moshisho admitted that the IFMIS system has had technical challenges and called upon treasury and other stakeholders to reinforce the security options on the application.
“We inherited some operational challenges on staffing from the defunct local authority and we need more capacity building so that they can fit in their job descriptions and their roles,” he said.
The EACC has committed itself to champion the fight against corruption by leading from the front in streamlining work processes in Counties in line with the National Government’s resolve to rid the country of corruption as spearheaded by the president and his deputy.