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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,1ST JUNE,2018-President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced that going forward all procurement officers in government institutions will have to be vetted before they can be appointed in their respective positions.
A tough talking president says that the ongoing crackdown on corrupt officials in public institutions was just a tip of the iceberg.
Addressing the nation during this year’s madaraka day celebrations held in Meru’s Kinoru stadium,the president warned that he will not tolerate corrupt officials in his government, while urging Kenyans join hands in fighting rampant corruption in the country.
I“We must, with a sense of great urgency, destroy and eliminate corruption in our country before it fully destroys us and the future of our children,” he said at the event held at Kinoru Stadium.
He has already directed fresh vetting for heads of procurement in all government ministries and departments within 90 days to edge out those unsuitable to serve.
“All Heads of Procurement and Accounts in Government Ministries, Departments, Agencies and Parastatals will undergo fresh vetting, including polygraph testing, to determine their integrity and suitability. Those who shall fail the vetting will stand suspended. I expect this exercise be concluded before the start of the new financial year (FY 2018/2019). You will hear of other tougher actions in the days to come,” he warned.
He lauded efforts by the Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji and his DCI counterpart George Kinoti who have already prosecuted some 54 suspects over a mega scandal at the National Youth Service where some Sh468 million was lost.
“The Director of Public Prosecutions, the Police, and other institutions in the multi-agency team against corruption are on the move. They are making decisive steps to build strong cases for the prosecution of corrupt officials,” the President said, in apparent reference to the cases involving 54 suspects—among them Public Service and Youth Affairs Principal Secretary Lillian Omollo as well as NYS Director General Richard Ndubai who were charged on Tuesday with various corruption-related offences and abuse of office.