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Economy

Wealth declaration order for civil servants suspended

Mr Peter Ole Nkuraiyia
Mr Peter Ole Nkuraiyia. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

The Public Service Commission (PSC) has suspended the directive that required civil servants to disclose shares, bonds and properties as well as consultancy work in the wake of a corruption clampdown.

PSC vice chairman Peter ole Nkuraiyia said the move was informed by feedback from State workers and government agencies that needed clarity on the filling of the assets registry.

In a crackdown to stem corruption, the government had in July asked public servants to list their assets to provide a fresh scrutiny of their personal wealth as well as determine possible conflict of interest. But the declaration has been put on ice through a memo dated August 16 to the Cabinet secretaries, principal secretaries, Attorney General, public university vice-chancellors and CEOs of constitutional commissions, independent offices, statutory Commissions and authorities.

“The deferment was necessitated by the feedback the commission had received from public service institutions and other stakeholders,” said Mr Nkuraiyia in the notice.

“The exercise was intended to facilitate management of conflict of interest in the public service.” The public officers were also required to provide information on the properties they own including land and vehicles.

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Those involved in business and consultancy were required to provide details of contracts for the supply of goods and services as well as their value. The PSC suspension of the property listing rule will not affect the ongoing vetting of public procurement and accounting officers who were asked in June to step down and allow scrutiny of their personal wealth and service record. The need for wealth scrutiny comes weeks after revelations of theft of billions of shillings at the National Youth Service, which was linked to civil servants working in cahoots with rogue suppliers. Investigators found that funds had been stolen through fictitious invoices for goods such as firewood and stationery as well as multiple payments on one supplier invoice.

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