Covid billionaires to be prosecuted, says Koskei

    A multi-agency team whose responsibility is to fight corruption in the country has been formed.

    During a consultative meeting of Governance Agencies chaired by the Head of Public Service Felix Koskei, the agencies came up with a stringent collaborative working partnership to curb the vice.

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    This follows President William Ruto’s renewed directive to fight corruption in the country.

    “We are all in agreement that this menace need be slayed. Nobody will be protected or victimised in this fight,” he said.

    Mr Koskei said the President has directed him to improve governance and ensure zero tolerance for corruption.

    “It is the  President’s desire and he has directed we strengthen our role without fear or favour while doing our jobs,” he said.

    Mr Koskei said no form of corruption will be tolerated in all Government ranks.

    “We want clear personal responsibility as President has directed. This will be the new approach in town,” said Koskei.

    The newly nominated Intelligence chief Nordin Haji said proper investigations and corporation will ensure successful prosecution.

    The former Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) said his work was made difficult by the former DCI George Kinoti.

    He said he has evidence on how junior investigation officers were directed to subortage his work as DPP.

    “Corruption has become systematic. We will only succeed if we respect the Constitution and work in accordance with the law,”he noted.

    Director of Criminal investigation (DCI)Mohammed Amin said his office was working closely with the office of the Director of public prosecution.

    Controller of Budget Margaret Nyakan’go requested for additional staff to the counties, noting that one officer is currently based in each county.

    Mrs Nyakan’go said many counties misappropriate funds by paying of imprest through corporations not guided by the law.

    Chairperson Public Service Commission Antony Muchiri called for a proper audit of all public servants.

    Mr Muchiri said training and monitoring of accounting officers were crucial in ensuring internal control measures.

    Mr Kosgey noted that the covid billionaires will soon be taken to court to account for the lost funds.

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