Governor Mutua wants lifestyle audit on gov’t officials


Governor Mutua wants lifestyle audit on gov't officials
Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua addressing the press in Machakos town on May 31, 2018.

In Summary

  • Speaking in Machakos town, Mutua said the audit should cut across the board, from Cabinet Secretaries, Governors, Senators as well as all senior civil servants.
  • The county boss added that it was absurd that there were Kenyans who owned planes, thousands of acres of land as well as other assets worth billions yet they earned modest salaries from their full time jobs.
  • He hailed President Uhuru Kenyatta for relentlessly fighting corruption, adding that a lot was yet to be done to slay the vice which has impoverished Kenyans for decades.

Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua on Thursday called for a lifestyle audit of all leaders in the wake of the financial scandals that have rocked the country.

Speaking in Machakos town outside a popular eatery after having lunch with locals, Mutua said the audit should cut across the board, from Cabinet Secretaries, Governors, Senators as well as all senior civil servants.

“I am asking Uhuru Kenyatta’s government and agencies concerned with the fight against corruption to immediately institute lifestyle audit of all elected, nominated or appointed leaders in our country because we have seen people with so much money that we cannot understand,” he said.

“Those who will fail to explain how they acquired their fabulous wealth should have the properties confiscated and returned to the people of Kenya who are the rightful owners.”

The county boss added that it was absurd that there were Kenyans who owned planes, thousands of acres of land as well as other assets worth billions yet they earned modest salaries from their full time jobs.

He hailed President Kenyatta for relentlessly fighting corruption, adding that a lot was yet to be done to slay the vice which has impoverished Kenyans for decades.

“Those stealing are near you and are maligning your name through their actions, deal with them ruthlessly and show Kenyans there are no sacred cows in your administration,” Mutua told the president.

According to the Maendeleo Chap Chap party leader, those arrested over the Ksh.10 billion National Youth Service (NYS) scandal are the “small fish” and urged the government to go for the masterminds whom he termed as the “big fish.”

He added that the country was comprised of 100 billionaires and 40 million paupers and that there was no way an economic take off would be achieved with the ongoing trend.

Mutua said it was a modest estimate to assume that more than one trillion shillings has been lost through corruption in the past three decades and it was now time to deal with the menace once and for all.

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