In Summary
  • The officials must report to their new stations not later than December 3, 2018
  • Procurement and accounting officers were in June asked to hand over to their deputies and subject themselves to fresh vetting
  • The majority of the officials have received their letters to report to work, while others are awaiting communication.

At least 150 procurement and accounting officers have been moved to new work stations in a swoop the Treasury said is aimed at taming corruption in government departments and State–owned firms.

The officials must report to their new stations not later than December 3, 2018, the Treasury says in an internal memo dated November 2.

Treasury Principal Secretary Kamau Thugge said the deployments, which have seen some procurement, finance officers and accountants moved to satellite stations outside the capital Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu cities, are meant to dismantle cartels in line ministries.

'CARTELS'

“It is also our way of contributing to the fight against corruption. Our aim is to destabilise and dismantle entrenched cartels in line ministries,” Dr Thugge said in a short text message on Tuesday.

The Treasury’s director-general for accounting services and quality assurance, Benard Ndung’u, says in the memo that an accounting officer who was serving in Narok East will move to Gatundu North while another who was in Bondo will be deployed to Rachuonyo South.

The notice also names an official who has been serving in Murang’a South but has been transferred to Mbeere South. His counterpart who has been serving in Keiyo South will go to Nandi South.

Dr Thugge said the transfers started about three years ago with the aim of ensuring accountants and procurement officers do not stay long in one location to develop corruption networks.

Procurement and accounting officers were in June asked to hand over to their deputies and subject themselves to fresh vetting as part of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s renewed fight against corruption following his re-election in the October 26, 2017 poll.

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