PRESS RELEASES

31st July, 2018, Nairobi

We, Citizens of all ages, tribes and classes from different parts of the county, have come together today to express our deep outrage towards the spate of unbridled, audacious and senseless looting of public funds orchestrated by the merchants of the deep state, that is, complacent staff in state institutions, in cahoots with the a well-connected cabal of rogue “suppliers” and complicit bank managers among other criminal elements. This complicated web of organized crime carefully crafted to facilitate theft and plunder of public coffers for selfish personal gain has reached alarming proportions that if unchecked will leave the vast majority of Kenyans on their knees.

The 2017 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) indicates that Kenya scored a paltry 28 points out of the possible 100, an equivalent of a D minus. The CPI ranking is determined by a measure of the overall extent of corruption (frequency and/or size of bribes) in the public and political sectors of a country. The CPI uses a scale of zero (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean).

The 2015/2016 audit report released by the Auditor General in March 2018 is shocking and exposes consummate levels of repugnant plunder of public Coffers. The report reveals that out of the total expenditure of Ksh. 1.25 trillion, only KSh.43.4 billion (3.45%) was incurred lawfully and in an effective way, while the rest was either not lawfully or effectively incurred or the same could not be ascertained. In terms of revenue collection during the same period, the report reveals that out of the total revenue recorded of KSh.1.19 trillion, only revenue amounting to KShs.33 billion (2.77%) was collected and fairly recorded while the rest was either not fairly collected and recorded or the same could not be ascertained by the Auditor General.

This month alone, we have been treated to numerous media exposes of abominable looting of the public purse through which shameless racketeers have amassed billions of shillings unabated. This includes the theft of: whopping 9 billion shillings from the National Youth Service (NYS), 1.9 billion shillings from the National Cereals and Produce Board, 647 million shillings from the Kenya Pipeline Company, 2 billion shillings through the National Tree Planting Programme targeting primary schools and 10 million shillings from the Youth Enterprise Development Fund (YEDF).

This latest resurgence of theft comes in the wake of the launch of the Building Bridges initiative by His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta and Right Honourable Raila Amollo Odinga. It is worth noting that corruption, which is one of the key priority areas of intervention for this initiative, is described by it as an “existential threat to our Kenya”. That notwithstanding and as alarming as this characterization of corruption is, there is not much to write home about with regard to concrete plans by the Building Bridges initiative to address this matter. This, together with the lackluster response of the executive on the various scams, has furthered furor among the citizenry and reduced their faith in this initiative.

What is apparent to us in these and other numerous public scandals that remain unresolved to date is the entrenchment of the deep state. The alleged fight against corruption will remain a mirage until a time it is described for what it is, namely, abuse of entrusted power and theft of public resources to advance narrow personal interests.  It is clear that the executive, legislature and judiciary have miserably failed to take drastic and decisive measures to unmask and punish these merchants who occupy the highest point of the food chain and fuel the corruption racket.

We thus have lost faith in the ability of the government to reprimand thieves. We no longer believe the Kenyan State is committed to genuine punishment of those that steal from ordinary Kenyans. Mr. Governor it is no longer enough to threaten and promise action, you need to act and lead by example. You need to earn our trust or you too should to resign.

WE THE CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTY DEMAND THE FOLLOWING:

  1. HEADS MUST ROLL as we escalate political responsibility to the top. We demand resignations of all heads of county officials who have allegedly been accused of theft, abuse of office or incompetence resulting in the misappropriation, loss and waste of public funds. All CECs whose ministries are being investigated for different scams need to immediately resign whether or not they have been charged. It is no longer enough to arrest the directors, managers and accountants.
  2. Mr.  Governor, STOP REWARDING THEFT, attempted theft, incompetence and abuse of office. We demand resignations from all public officers reshuffled after theft, abuse of office and misappropriation allegations from 2013 to date. We need top level responsibility.
  3. We want ALL THE MONEY BACK. Prosecutions of people who stole millions when tens and hundreds of millions of shillings were stolen or misappropriated are NOT ENOUGH. The banks MUST disclose the ultimate beneficiaries of the funds and support the relevant agencies in the recovery assets so acquired.   
  4. We demand the immediate cessation of all public officials and their families conducting business with the county for this creates endless conflict of interests that perpetuates public theft.
  5. The government must immediately undertake a forensic audit of the integrity and efficacy of IFMIS in facilitating sound public finance management and the ownership and conduct of the companies involved in managing the system.
  6. STOP RECYCLING THE SAME PEOPLE IN PUBLIC APPOINTMENTS for it’s the small and privileged clique that monopolizes and controls state resources without due regard to public interest  and ends up facilitating corruption.

We challenge public servants, bank employees and the general public who have information relating to any theft of public funds and others resources to come forward and report to the relevant authorities. We also call up the public to continue protesting against this endless greed and theft of their resources and demand for accountability in all county governance processes.

[Statement by Concerned Wajir county Residents – Kenya]

Created: 05 August 2018

The revamped NYS strategy and implementation of the same in Wajir is welcomed and would be a move in the right direction. The increasing youth bulge, increased unemployment increased levels of immorality and indiscipline among young people have far

reaching future consequences in the county hence my total support for the well thought out county youth strategy Listening to the Cabinet Secretary Ministry for Devolution and Planning on Cheche Citizen TV last week Wednesday 15th October 2017 on NYS

and whose focus is on socialization, promoting civic competencies and instilling discipline. It is evident that this new strategy will not only empower the youth but transform our society by 2030. The service men as he referred to them will have a great opportunity to be the pillars at the county level but only if they instill the same values and skills to those that they will be mentoring. Well managed, this is a venture all county tax payers should be happy about and support since it will contribute to county’s economic growth.

Having gone through the strategy, noting the need to have one policy strategy and guided by the governments priority in the 2013, 2017 Medium Term Plan, I believe there are other key issues affecting young people that should be incorporated in a county Youth policy that are not necessarily a matter of leadership and entrepreneurship.

The success of any youth policy is the responsibility of the entire society and should be document that represents a holistic, integrated and coordinated approach to youth development which luckily was the President commitment in April 2013 when challenged by

Youth on why his government did not consider having an independent youth ministry. The government through the Ministry of Devolution and Planning should therefore unpack the leadership and entrepreneurship strategy through the public policy process that allows for extensive engagement with stakeholders between governments, Kenya Young

Parliamentarian Association, County Executives responsible for youth, youth organizations’ among other key individuals or organisation.

The strategy for example does not state which approach will be used to address the alarming drug addictions, reproductive health issues such as early pregnancy among young women and rural to urban migration among others. Moreover, the policy should also clearly define the mainstreamed approach to achieving the youth agenda and similarly have clear affirmative action frameworks and programmes guaranteed in article 55 of the Kenyan Constitution.

Issack Hassan,

Advocacy – Devolution and accountability.

Wajir, Kenya – 15th Oct, 2017

Act now, save Wajir County!

Nairobi, Kenya – 15th Oct, 2017: Recent revelations of mismanagement of public resources in County governments call for swift and decisive action against individuals involved. We recognize that we have laws against corruption and institutions that have been set up to lead in the fight against corruption.

We are however disappointed that these institutions lack the energy and support required for them to discharge their mandates. The Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act, the Public Officer Ethics Act, The Public Procurement and Disposal Act and all other relevant laws must be enforced expeditiously and to the fullest. The public lose a lot of money through procurement malpractice. The Public Procurement and Disposal Act which governs public procurement are designed to maximize economy and efficiency by making the procurement process transparent and accountable.

Despite the provisions of these laws, cases of overpriced goods and services, purchase of substandard goods and services as well as sheer waste are rampant in public offices today. We call for firm and expeditious enforcement of the law including administrative and criminal sanctions against those who violate the law to steal from the public. We note with concern the trend by public officials to pass the buck to junior officers when faced with allegations of corruption.

We call upon the people of Wajir to stand up now and demand that corruption be dealt with immediately and swiftly by all arms and institutions of government.

Specifically we make the following demands.

  1. We demand an immediate and systematic lifestyle audit of all public officials starting from the CECs.
  2. We demand that the governor should set in motion a process under his office to review all public procurement done over the last three years for compliance with the law and value for money principles.
  3. We demand that the governor dismisses all CECs under investigation for corruption.
  4. We demand that the county assembly initiate a systematic audit of the cost of goods and services in the entire public sector and for relevant institutions to sanction those who abuse procurement processes to steal from the public.

We remain committed to supporting and rallying the public to monitor the use of public resources and demand for action against corruption.

Signed by:

Global Centre for Civic Education | Wasda | Aldef | Racida | Women for Peace | DPA | WAGGI | KNCHR – Wajir

The Devolution Forum – Wajir.

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