EACC directs KPA workers to be vetted

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has directed over 5,000 employees of the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) to be vetted.

This comes as importers complained of losing close to 70 million shillings daily on storage and detention charges due to cargo pile up at the Inland Container Depot, Nairobi.

EACC vice-chairperson Sophia Lepuchirit said KPA employees would be vetted to ensure their suitability and end corruption at the parastatal.

KPA will also work with EACC in an integrity testing programme for employees deployed in corruption prone sections.

The EACC was prompted into the audit after it emerged that some workers at the port have forged documents or lack the necessary credentials.

Dock Workers Union chairman Mohamed Sheria welcomed the decision but urged the government to conduct it in a humane way.

The EACC said beginning this financial year it will scrutinize operations at the port to reduce corruption.

Meanwhile, the EACC is seeking to recover 1 billion shillings graft proceeds from three senior civil servants. According to EACC, the three individuals accumulated wealth within a short period of time, which cannot be supported by their salaries.

Thomas Gitau Njogu, an assistant accountant at Interior Ministry, Joseph Gikonyo, a manager at the Kenya Revenue Authority office in Eldoret and Stephen Osiro, former head of accounting at City Hall in Nairobi own parcels of land and buildings worth millions of shillings.

According to court papers, Njogu, with a monthly net salary of Sh 97,000 acquired wealth amounting to 115 million shillings within a year.  Njogu owns among others 0.7 acre land at Nairobi’s Thome Estate valued at Sh 40 million.

Gikonyo, the KRA officer cannot account for Sh 615 million acquired within eight years with a net salary of Sh 119,000 shillings. His investments include; a six-acre piece of land in Mtwapa valued at 27million shillings.

On the other hand Osiro who is former Nairobi Governor Dr Evans Kidero co-accused in the Sh 213 million fraud case cannot account for property worth Sh 330 million acquired between 2011 and 2016. His monthly net salary was Sh 65,000. Osiro’s property includes apartments and maisonettes.

EACC says there are no traces of bank loans in their names.

  

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