EACC urges counties to join in fight against graft

Ethics and anti-Corruption Commission (EACC)
Ethics and anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) Vice Chair Sophia Lepuchirit. FILE PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE |   NATION MEDIA GROUP

Kenya's anti-corruption watchdog has urged County Governments to join in the fight against graft as the agency seeks to seal corruption loopholes in procurement and accounting systems in the devolved units.

Speaking on Monday in Tharaka-Nithi County, the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) vice-chair, Sophia Lepuchirit, said that the anti-graft body is a friend to the counties contrary to the perception of many governors.

"Our partnership with counties will help to improve use of public funds," she said.

Ms Lepuchirit was speaking at a one-week workshop meant to educate county staff as well as the public on governance, accountability of public funds, effects of corruption and how to report the vice.

She warned that those found culpable in graft cases would face the full force of the law whether working with the county or national government, adding that the private sector will not be exempted.


"EACC is not only focusing on government institutions but also the private sector because they are also serving Kenyans," she said.

She also asked the public to turn-up at different points where they will be conducting the workshop across the county.

The team is expected in Chuka, Igamba-Ngombe and Maara constituencies today before visiting Tharaka tomorrow and Friday.

Tharaka-Nithi Governor Samuel Ragwa, who hosted the EACC team in his office, said he is ready to partner with the anti-graft agency to root out corruption in the county.

He asked the public to report any form of corruption at the anti-corruption desk at Kathwana.

The governor also asked other counties and the national government to embrace performance contracting, noting that it is key to the efficient utilisation of public funds.

"The Members of Parliament and Senators must ensure public funds do not end up into individuals pockets," said Mr Ragwa.