Anti-graft agencies have been challenged to take advantage of political goodwill following the pact between President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition chief Raila Odinga and hasten fight against the vice.

Nyeri Senator Ephraim Maina also called on governors to help fight corruption for the trillions of shillings channelled to the devolved units to benefit Kenyans.

"The prevailing climate of handshake where there has been less political interference in tackling national problems provides the best opportunity to fight graft," Mr Maina said.

President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga entered into a political ceasefire in March 2018 ending months of uncertainty in the country after disputed 2017 presidential polls. The two leaders have since joined hands in efforts to unite the country and end theft of public resources.

In an interview in Nairobi, Mr Maina said 'patriotic' Kenyans should support President Kenyatta's and investigative agencies efforts to tame corruption.

"I would like to congratulate Justice Mumbi Ngugi for coming out clearly for ensuring leaders charged with graft stay away from office as per the constitution to avoid interfering with evidence. This will help minimise corruption," Mr Maina said.

He regretted that despite more than Sh1.8 trillion being channelled to county governments due to devolution there was little to show in terms of service delivery and solving of problems at county levels including health, education and roads.

Instead, he said, cases of wastage, corruption and extravagance were high.

He urged religious organisations to be in forefront in condemning plunder of public resources "at a time when Kenyans lack basic services."

According to international bodies and government reports, the country loses about 30 per cent of annual budget due to graft and Mr Maina said, if the loopholes are sealed there will be no need for the country to borrow money.

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