Up the fight on corruption -Duale tells Anti-graft bodies

National Assembly majority leader Aden Duale
National Assembly majority leader Aden Duale

Majority Leader in the National Assembly Aden Duale has called on the institutions tasked with fighting corruption to up their game in combating the vice.

Duale welcomed the formation of the Multi-sectorial team appointed on Friday by President Uhuru Kenyatta to formulate strategies of fighting graft in the country.

He was speaking during a fundraising drive towards Kanacho Nomadic Education Fund, an initiative which funds girl-child education in Marsabit County.

A total of Ksh26 Million was raised during the ceremony held in Nairobi.

On Friday, President Kenyatta formed a special working group to come up with concrete measures on the best way to address rampant graft in the country.

The special committee between the government and the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) will be led by National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich and consist of the Cabinet Secretary (CS) Industrialisation, CS Internal Coordination, CS ICT, the Chief of Staff, Chief Justice, the Director of Public Prosecution, government regulators and the private sector.

The committee will meet and explore new ways to deal with and deter corruption while at the same time addressing Kenya’s negative perception in regard to corruption.

The committee is expected to report findings to the president in one week.

According to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) CEO Halake Waqo, 90 per cent of corruption perception is attributed to procurement and bribery.

Procurement accounts for 70 per cent of all corruption cases while bribery accounts for 20 per cent.

EACC said it is currently prosecuting 286 corruption cases, most of which are linked to transactions between procurement officers and private sector players.

EACC is seeking harsher penalties levied against those found guilty of corruption. The legal process was also identified as a challenge along with the quality of investigations.

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