NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya on Monday ordered heads of procurement and
accounting units in ministries, departments, agencies and state
corporations to step aside and hand over to their deputies for
Mwenda Njoka, Ministry of Interior
spokesman, said the senior officials will also have to undergo a
lifestyle audit and submit personal information.
The circular came in the wake of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s
proclamation on Friday to vet afresh public officers amid a
reactivated fight against graft following scandals at the
National Youth Service (NYS) that led to the loss of about 90
million U.S. dollars through fraud and irregular procurement.
Several officials in five public institutions are currently
being investigated for corruption scandals.
"All heads of procurement and accounts in government
ministries, departments, agencies and parastatals will be vetted
afresh, including taking a polygraph test, to determine their
integrity and suitability," said Kenyatta on Friday.
The circular seeks information on the officers’ assets,
liabilities and previous record of service and assures them that
the process will be undertaken in a fair and objective manner
with due regards to their rights.
Procurement departments in the Kenyan government and state
agencies are said to be the bastions of corruption where
officers award lucrative contracts and tenders for inflated
figures and receive massive kickbacks.