GOVERNMENT WAR ON CORRUPTION
on March 26th 2015, during the state of the nation
address, H.E Uhuru Kenyatta read out names of several senior government officials including Cabinet Secretaries who had been associated with corruption and asked them to step aside from public office to pave way for investigations.
With this action, the president signalled a departure from the past governments where everybody knew corruption was going on but the government of the day adopted an attitude of see no evil, hear no evil, talk no evil. So far, five Cabinet Secretaries and several and heads of government entities have been dropped on corruption related issues.
By allowing his Cabinet Secretaries to be investigated and prosecuted, the President gave a clear signal to the agencies charged with the statutory responsibility of investigating and prosecuting that they have a free hand to investigate anybody and everybody and charge them in a court of law.
On the 18th of October this year, the President once again hosted a summit in State House Nairobi for a public review of our progress in the war against corruption. The summit was also intended to give the heads of these agencies a public opportunity to give an account of their own performance in this critical area at this stage in our development.
The President joined other Kenyans to publicly express his disappointment with their performance, especially given the fact that the government had provided all the necessary resources to these agencies. Whereas the President avoided the temptation of being vindictive his statement should to all intents and purposes serve as a warning that Kenyans have lost patience with the pace and the manner individuals in these institutions take corruption cases. It was the first time in our History that corruption was publicly discussed in Statehouse.
These two unprecedented gestures are clear evidence that this government has chosen to lead the war against corruption from the front.
Much to the chagrin, of those opposed to Jubilee,wananchi and diplomats who were present at Statehouse and those who watched it live on TV hailed this as another milestone in the war against corruption. Most visible among these are who have occupied powerful positions in previous governments and totally failed Kenyans by doing nothing or even actively participating in corruption.
In contrast with this government, which has registered an impressive development record, these politicians also have no development record even within their own constituencies. They have such little public credibility that most of them cannot even to run for Governor in their own counties. Notwithstanding their poor public record, they still hope to attain public offices through deception.
By branding this government the “most corrupt” they hope that by branding jubilee government the most corrupt, voters will forget that in their days in government, they did nothing and actually benefited immensely from corruption. Unfortunately a significant part of the media has either deliberately or unwittingly joined this campaign to discredit the government efforts.
Today we wish to inform Kenyans that this campaign has not reduced the govt resole to fighting corruption.
MINISTRY OF HEALTH INTERIM INTERNAL AUDIT REPORT ON END OF YEAR PROCUREMENT AND PAYMENTS FOR THE YEAR 2015/16 .
what actually happened at the Ministry of Health?
From the start of his term,the President made it clear that Cabinet Secretaries are responsible for the war against corruption in their own ministries. This means that they should be the ones to institute measures that detect corruption, identify the perpetrators, assemble critical evidence and take necessary action to protect public resources and when need be to initiate prosecution. It is from this background that the Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Health instituted and the now infamous interim audit report came to be.
Briefly, when an interim audit report for any organization is received, the CEO requires the line managers to explain all the queries raised. Sometimes, all that is required is proper documentation. Whichever the case it is only after all the queries raised are answered/inquire into, that the CEO is able to decide whether there is any impropriety or not.
In this particular case, the interim report was not allowed to go the full cycle. Instead it was maliciously stolen from the Ministry and handed over to NMG where it has since been misrepresented as a forensic audit and subsequently been declared a scam. This in itself is the height of professional corruption. The malice and corruption explains the fact that even a simple computation of the figures queried totals to about 3.1 billion and not 5.3 billion as widely publicized.
What the government wishes the public to know is that like severally emphasized by the Ministry of Health, nothing conclusive can be said until the queries therein are inquired into and the entire audit process is completed. To understand this situation, you may wish to note that the interim report also queried a payment of Kshs.2.3 Million made to NMG for services rendered.
(Having made that clarification we wish to address ourselves to few unintended consequences of this misinformation).
Following this report, suppliers to the Ministry of Health in particular and to the government in general have expressed serious concerns on [possibility that they might not be paid in a situation where after they have supplied, someone springs up and declares their clean business corrupt. We wish to assure all suppliers that the government of Kenya will honor their legally entered contracts for supply of goods or other service without fail.
The other issue is the central government support to the counties within the auspices of the District Health Services- Curative and Rehabilitative Health services. Even a casual reading of the report will how you some of the payments queried were to Bungoma,Lamu and Nanyuki totaling 400,000/- million shillings.
The government wishes to assure the counties and wananchi that this budgetary support will continue to underwrite universal healthcare aces to all.
Another sensitive item is the funds provided to procure nutritional support for persons living with HIV/AIDS. It is very well for politicians who have amassed wealth over the years and other persons with a regular income to take nutritional support lightly. However for majority of Kenyans living with this condition, nutritional support is a matter of life and death. The government therefore wishes to assure them that this support will continue politics notwithstanding.
The mobile clinics for the urban informal settlements and other needy areas will also continue as scheduled. The Ministry is actually very hopeful that the clinics will be operational by early next year.
Finally the government wishes to assure our local and international partners who have provided invaluable support in health services sector and all the stakeholders that this audit will be
brought to its logical conclusion and if any person will be found culpable they will face the full force of the law without exception. Similarly, in the event that the audit discloses loss of any public funds ,such funds will be recovered and restituted to the intended purpose.