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XINHUA NEWS SERVICE REPORTS FROM THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

 
Kenya orders procurement and accounting
officers to vacate office amid graft probe

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 new vetting.

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.

           

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