Kenyans may have lost land and vehicles worth over Sh325 million in the merger of nine State corporations into the Agriculture and Food Authority. Auditor-General Edward Ouko says in his latest audit report that he cannot vouch for the status of up to 137.2 hectares of land and Sh6.8 million vehicles because their ownership documents are missing despite the amalgamation happening in 2013.
We fear that the public property may have been transferred into private hands as has happened in the past in other State parastatals. The tragedy is that this is not a stand-alone plunder.
Throughout the year, Mr Ouko has been generating reports painting the picture of unscrupulous officials taking advantage of an apparent malaise among State corporations to amass public property.
We have said it here before and we’ll say it again. It’s of no use for the chief auditor to continue citing fragrant pilferage and lack of accountability among public officials without the appropriate remedial action from the concerned State agencies. It only emboldens the plunderers.
The onus is on the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to investigate and bring the culprits to book. Failure to do so, we can only conclude that they are part of the problem.