Declare your net worth, All Saints Cathedral Provost tells President Ruto

Dr. Sammy Wainaina, the provost of the All Saints Cathedral. [File,Standard]

Dr. Sammy Wainaina, the provost of the All Saints Cathedral, has told President William Ruto to declare his net worth in efforts to contain corruption in his government.

Speaking on Citizen Television on Wednesday, February 15, Wainaina said the net worth declaration by the president will help Kenyans know should the president and other State officers acquire more wealth through suspicious means.

At the same time, Wainaina asked the Head of State to champion prudent use of financial resources in government.

"Running a government is expensive. Why should our ministers drive around in fuel-guzzlers? Why can't we buy 2,000cc vehicles for them? Let us reduce looting in government, cut spending and make corruption very expensive," said Dr. Wainaina.

The All Saints Cathedral provost made further suggestions on ways to prudently use State resources.

"Some of the looting happens in procurement. Why should a biro pen bought at Sh10 at the supermarket be sold to the government at Sh500?" he posed, adding: "Why can't the government officers hold meetings in their respective work locations instead of taking them to other counties?"

Wainaina said dealing conclusively with corruption would help streamline government operations and behaviour.

"Imprison ten serious guys, and take their wealth and that of their families [if they're found guilty of graft]. If that is done, Kenyans will fear taking part in corruption. Leaders influence national culture. One of the cultures the president can create is net worth declaration habit. Let him declare his wealth, and everyone else in government should follow suit," he said.

The All Saints Cathedral provost further asked President Ruto to tolerate being criticised.