President directs EACC, DCI to scale up war on graft

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President Uhuru Kenyatta has implored on the Ethics and Anti-Corruption and Directorate of Criminal Investigations to scale up the ongoing war on graft by going after members of the private sector who are aiding public servants to loot public resources.

Speaking during the Mashujaa Day celebrations at the Bukhungu stadium in Kakamega county, the head of state said the developmental agenda set by the government will only be achieved if corruption is dealt with firmly.

President Kenyatta at the same time directed Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri to forward to investigative agencies public officers under his docket who are responsible for looting monies meant for sugar cane farmers.

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Noting that corruption and impunity undermine the nation’s unity, prosperity and happiness President Kenyatta said his administration has provided resources needed by investigating agencies to handle economic crimes.

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Kakamega County being at the heart of the sugar and maize production industries, the head of state affirmed that farmers must be paid their dues even as the government goes after those who looted the money.

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The president directed formation of a special taskforce chaired by Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri and Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya to address the sugar industry crisis.

Another taskforce chaired by Kiunjuri, Uasin Gishu governor Jackson Mandago and Trans Nzoia Governor Patrick Khaemba will be formed to probe issues related to maize farming.

The head of state also raised concerns over increased cases of road accidents and directed the National Police Service and Ministry of Interior to curb bribery.

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“I expect the National Police Service to take every measure to combat the culture of bribery that allows cars that are not roadworthy or are being driven recklessly, to remain on the road. Equally important, passengers and drivers must be more responsive to safety.  If you are in a matatu being driven recklessly, speak up as a group and refuse your lives and those of other road-users, to be endangered,” the president said.

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