October 25, 2018
Story by County Diary Reporter.
The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) Commissioner, Dr. Dabaar M. Maalim has said that the commission has a tripartite mandate of law enforcement, prevention and education in the fight against corruption in the country.
“The commission therefore uses the three prolonged approach-enforcement, prevention and public education-to implement its mandate, This approach is premised on the fact that while the full force of the law must be brought to bear against those indicted for corrupt conduct, it is crucial anti-corruption efforts be focused on prevention which has been recognized all over the world as more sustainable and cost effective approach towards combating corruption,” he added. Maalim was speaking during the official launch of the 10-day Corruption Risk Assessments (CRAs) for the Kitui County Executive and Assembly on Manday, October 22, 2018 where the event had been organised by the EACC in partnership with the Kitui County government and the County Assembly at the Kitui Agricultural Training Centre.
He was the chief guest at the function. The attendants included Governor Charity Kaluki Ngilu, Deputy Governor, Dr. Gideon Wathe Nzau, County Assembly Speaker George Mutua Ndoto, county ministers, county ministries chief officers and county assembly members. Maalim said the corrupt conduct can occur when three main elements-a motivated individual, an opportunity and inadequate threat of detection and sanctions- coincide. “The corruption prevention therefore endeavours to provide an institutional culture that promotes integrity, systems that reduce opportunities for corrupt conduct and ensuring that those who try to circumvent are easily identified and sanctioned,” the EACC official added.
He said the commission is aware of the integrity and ethical challenges facing the county governments countrywide. And he further said that the corruption loopholes exist in all the management systems in the county. “Systemic weakness, if not properly addressed, can negatively impact the functioning an organization leading to the misuse and loss of public resources, abuse of office, non-compliance with statutory obligations and poor service delivery,” Maalim said.
It is therefore in the interest of the county government to counter the weaknesses by establishing efficient and effective operational systems as a way of minimising opportunities for corrupt practices and unethical conduct, he added. He said the EACC is ready to partner with the Kitui County government to assist in putting in place strong work systems as one measure of preventing corruption. “The Corruption Risk Assessments we are launching today is aimed at advising the county government on how to strengthen work procedures and practices in order to reduce corrupt practices,” Maalim said.
He disclosed that the EACC has carried similar assessments in other counties of Kenya that include Kisumu, Kilifi, Kericho, Kisii, Nyeri, Busia, Taita Taveta, Kajiado, Vihiga, Laikipia, Narok, Kwale, Nakuru, Embu, Tharaka Nithi, Homa Bay and Kiambu. He said the systems reviews have also been undertaken in the Kenya’s national government ministries, departments and agencies including the Parliamentary Service Commission, the National Youth Service, the Kenya National Bureau of Standards and the Lands Ministry among others. “The officers we have identified for this exercise have been fully briefed and we are confident that they have the competence and capacity to undertake the assignment,” Maalim said. He had been accompanied by the team. “The team-Felix Onjoma (supervisor), Peninna Nzioka (team leader), John Lokwawi (team member), Isabella Guchara (team member) and Patrick Kinoti (team member)-will undertake the assignment beginning today,” the EACC Commissioner said as he introduced the team to the gathering. And he announced that the team will work under the guidance of the EACC’s Prevention Deputy Director Emily Chege. “I therefore urge all of you to embrace this crucial assessment and fully support our prevention officers as they undertake the exercise,” Maalim said. “I am delighted to be with you here today as we launch the CRAs into the systems, policies, procedures and practices of the Kitui County Executive and Assembly. The EACC is greatly pleased to partner with the county government in promoting the fight against corruption and unethical conduct.
I at the outset acknowledge highly commend the governor and the county assembly speaker and other officials of the Kitui County government for embracing this partnership. With those few remarks, It is now my honour and pleasure to declare the Corruption Risk Assessments officially launched,” Maalim said. The function was also addressed by Ngilu, Nzau, Ndoto and Kitui Township Ward Member of Kitui County Assembly Anithony Ndoo Mwanzia among others.