Why oppose audit if you possess no hidden skeletons?
SEE ALSO :Matiang'i now most powerful ministerIn government and the civil service, conducting a lifestyle audit on a public servant is even easier because a public servant’s life is supposed to be open and transparent. Civil servants are supposed to be clear of any suspicion, especially on how they manage public resources. They need to be above suspicion of stealing from the public. A lifestyle audit is the tool that clears them of such suspicions, or finds them guilty and opens more detailed investigations. Rampant disease This means that the lifestyle audits are an annoyance and even a problem for some, but an absolutely vital tool in this war against the rampant disease of corruption. Only those who have something to hide have every reason to fear. It is deeply gratifying then to hear that after two months of gruelling vetting, 400 heads of procurement and accounting departments in government have been allowed back to work after passing the audits. Of the workers put through the lifestyle audit, Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua said on Friday last week, 70 per cent had proven to be clean.
SEE ALSO :Leaders react to new role for CSSources say that those officers with queries on their wealth were grilled by the Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji and recorded testimonies. The grilling was coordinated from the Office of the President, and the National Intelligence Service who provided most of the background information that was then assessed based on what the officers declared in provided wealth forms. The order to vet the officers was made by President Kenyatta, and acted upon by Mr Kinyua, who asked all officers in that rank to step aside. The vetting, President Kenyatta had said, was expected to end before the start of the 2018/19 financial year on July 1. “Those who shall fail the vetting will stand suspended. You will hear of other tougher actions in the days to come,” President Kenyatta said. In a perfect world, lifestyle audits would not be necessary. Unfortunately, we do not live in such a world and we need to constantly be rethinking ways to catch the thieves. The lifestyle audits are working and for the peaceful and law-abiding majority of Kenyans, we should be embracing them.