Corruption war: Questions over secretive lifestyle audit
SEE ALSO :Esther Passaris to sue Nairobi Governor“The 30-day leave is over and the Government must now come out and tell the affected officers what awaits them. "Cotu is demanding that Government makes public information about the number of officers who have been vetted, those found unfit to work and how those who have been cleared are reinstated,” Cotu Secretary General Francis Atwoli said. Mr Atwoli said the Government must also take to court those who do not explain the source of their wealth. "We hope this exercise will not be used for witch-hunt. The exercise should have been done in an open and transparent manner so that even Kenyans can be afforded an opportunity to participate,” he added. Process flawed
SEE ALSO :Waititu grilled again over graft claimsGeorge Morara, the KNCHR vice chairperson, said although the intention of the exercise was noble, the process was flawed, thus raising questions on its legality. “The intention is noble but the process is flawed. The exercise does not have a legal regime backing it, but rather using a presidential directive. "Unlike the police vetting, judges and magistrates' vetting which was done openly, the exercise is being done in an opaque manner,” said Mr Morara. Yesterday, LSK said it had so far not heard of any complaint about rule of natural justice being violated in the ongoing audit, adding that the Government should be given an opportunity to complete the process. “This is something totally new in the fight against graft. So far it appears everyone has been given an opportunity to explain themselves against the information they provided in the wealth declaration forms.
SEE ALSO :Governor: Please unfreeze my accounts"Before we jump the gun, let’s see what the audit achieves,” LSK President Allen Gichuhi said. The LSK boss said in the event that some State officers provided information contradicting what they had provided earlier, or are found to have unexplained wealth, then relevant legal sanctions could be applied. “Criminal sanctions on those who lied in wealth declaration forms and the exercise will also provide a good reason to entrench honesty, integrity and transparency in accordance to Chapter Six of the constitution,” Mr Gichuhi said. And KISM said the desired outcome of the audit was to have public officers of integrity, and that those performing the procurement function would be professionals who subscribe to the code of ethics and professional conduct for supplies practitioners. Assurance on fairness Chris Oanda, the KISM chairman, said his group hoped the assurance by Mr Kinyua that the exercise would be conducted in a fair and objective manner, with due care and regard to the officers' rights would remain. “It is our expectation that this assurance is upheld and that there is no victimisation. Again, the circular from the office of the Head of Public Service issued a directive for the officers to proceed on compulsory leave for 30 working days,” said Mr Oanda.
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