In Summary
  • According to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, 33 out of the 78 cases it investigated in the past one year involved counties.
  • Among 19 counties whose governors and county assemblies have been implicated in loss of funds running into millions of shillings mainly through procurement irregularities are Kiambu, Siaya, Busia, Mombasa, Homa Bay, Trans Nzoia, Migori, Bungoma, Makueni and Nyamira.
  • The MCAs have been at the centre of personal enrichment schemes, at the expense of services, mainly involving fat allowances and expensive local and foreign travel.

Counties are largely responsible for the loss of Sh3 billion through corruption in the past one year, according to an annual corruption report.

According to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, 33 out of the 78 cases it investigated in the past one year involved counties, meaning substantial resources in the war against corruption have been directed to the devolved units.

Among 19 counties whose governors and county assemblies have been implicated in loss of funds running into millions of shillings mainly through procurement irregularities are Kiambu, Siaya, Busia, Mombasa, Homa Bay, Trans Nzoia, Migori, Bungoma, Makueni and Nyamira.

Others are Kisii, Nandi, Uasin Gishu, Mandera, Wajir, Garissa, Kitui, Marsabit and Nakuru counties.

Governors and members of county assemblies have been in the news over wanton misuse of resources. Siaya Governor Cornel Rasanga is said to have used Sh17 million of taxpayers’ funds to have his image printed on examination sheets.

The MCAs, on the other hand, have been at the centre of personal enrichment schemes, at the expense of services, mainly involving fat allowances and expensive local and foreign travel.

The report, signed by EACC acting chairperson Sophia Lepuchirit and chief executive officer Halakhe Waqo, also lists the National Police Service as the institution with the highest number of officers to have failed the integrity test, at 192, followed by the Ministry of Health, recently implicated in the suspected loss of Sh5.2 billion, at seven cases.

Some of the land traced for recovery is the controversial grabbing of the Lang’ata Road Primary school playground, valued at Sh130 million.

Land belonging to the University of Nairobi, whose location is not disclosed, has also been traced and the process of preventing loss of the Sh1.6 billion parcel initiated. Another land belonging to Mombasa County valued at Sh35 million is also in the process of being recovered.

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