State House demands proof tender bosses out of office

State House is demanding written evidence from PSs and CEOs of State corporations that heads of procurement and accounting units in ministries and State firms have stepped aside.

President Uhuru Kenyatta (right) with Mr Joseph Kinyua at his State House Office in the past. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

IN SUMMARY

  • Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua in a memo has stated that the evidence should reach State House by Friday.
  • The proof must show when the procurement and accounting head stepped aside, written confirmation they handed to the deputies and evidence that their access to bank accounts, offices, record and the State IT payment system has been disabled.
  • Early this month the State asked the heads of procurement and accounting units in government to hand over to their deputies and subject themselves for fresh vetting.

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State House is demanding written evidence from principal secretaries and CEOs of State corporations that heads of procurement and accounting units in ministries and State-owned firms have stepped aside and provided information on their assets as the war on corruption intensifies.

Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua in a memo has stated that the evidence should reach State House by Friday.

The proof must show when the procurement and accounting head stepped aside, written confirmation they handed to the deputies and evidence that their access to bank accounts, offices, record and the State IT payment system has been disabled.

“The written report should also outline a confirmation of administrative actions towards disabling any access protocols to entity bank accounts, records, offices, IFMIS or other enterprise resource planning system,” said the memo signed by Mr Kinyua.

Early this month the State asked the heads of procurement and accounting units in government to hand over to their deputies and subject themselves for fresh vetting.

The officers are also required to submit information on their assets, liabilities and previous work record to State House through the Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua.

This comes as dozens of officials and business people were charged with theft of about Sh8 billion through the National Youth Service (NYS).

They were also to take polygraph or lie detector tests and those who do not pass will be sent home.

READ: Uhuru orders fresh vetting of govt procurement officers

Among the documents sought from the civil servants are certified copies of mobile money statements, including those of spouses for the last six months as well as driving licence number.

The officers are also required to submit KRA PIN, ID card number, passport number, email address, and mobile phone number.

They are also required to submit personal Income Tax Returns and those of companies or businesses they own for the past three years.

Other information being sought include social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), club memberships, and a list of liabilities. Loans, mortgages, cumulative insurance policies, school fees and school accounts, chattels, and guarantees make the list.

Certified copies of bank statements of the officer and their spouse for the last six months are also needed.

“The written report should outline…a confirmation of submissions of requested information,” said Mr Kinyua in the memo to principal secretaries and parastatal CEOs.

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