Kenya orders lifestyle audit of all public servants to curb graft


NAIROBI, June 14 (Xinhua) — Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday announced that all public servants including himself and his deputy will undergo lifestyle audit as part of efforts to fight rampant corruption in the country.

Kenyatta said in a statement that the public servants will be asked to explain the source of their wealth and those found culpable with the plunder of national resources will be required to defend their source of wealth.

“You must be able to explain how you got your car, your house and land in comparison to what you earn,” Kenyatta said in the coastal city of Mombasa after launching a key road project.

The Kenyan leader who has announced measures to fighting corruption blamed for retarded development said the lifestyle audit will be among various measures to put in place by the government to curb the vice.

“Transparency is when all those in authority declare what they own and how they got their property,” he said, vowing to end corruption and warned those trying to politicize to desist.

The move came a day after Kenyatta in his Executive Order issued on Wednesday announced changes in his government’s procurement system in a bid to fighting graft.

Kenyatta also directed all government institutions to begin publishing full details of tenders and those who win the bids to stamp out corruption which thrives in the procurement system.

“The publication will allow members of the public to access the information – which shall include the items or services purchased, contract prices, and the particulars of the suppliers including owners, directors and beneficial ownership,” Kenyatta said on Wednesday.

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The drastic measure comes after Kenyatta on June 1 ordered all procurement and accounting officers of state agencies, departments and parastatals to be vetted afresh.

A furious Kenyatta also directed that the officers be subjected to a polygraph test before being allowed to continue with their duties.



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