By The Coast Newspaper Reporter
Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission will start lifestyle audit for county government workers in a bid to fight corruption, EACC vice chairperson Sophia Lepuchirit has said.
Speaking at the Taita Taveta governor’s office in Wundanyi during the official launch of a two weeks Corruption Risk Assessment in the county, Lepuchirit said most county government workers have became millionaires overnight after being employed.
The corruption risk assessment report will enable the county governments to detect, prevent and combat corruption and unethical practices in the management of public funds.
She said that the auditor general report released recently implicated many counties adding that they will launch investigations on the use of public funds.
“As a commission we shall move with speed to investigate county government workers. We are going to check how much the staff earns and what they own compared to their salaries. You joined the county government without a bicycle but within a year, you own a fleet of Lorries and houses. You cannot bring down the county government through corruption,” warned Lepuchirit.
She challenged Taita Taveta governor Granton Samboja to kick out corrupt county officials to improve service delivery to county citizens.
Governor Samboja echoed the commissioner’s sentiments saying that the county has lost millions of money through unscrupulous revenue collection officials.
“Time has come for us to seek assistance from EACC in dealing with the challenges in our revenue collection. People are collecting revenue but the monies don’t reach the county government hence end up into individuals pockets,” said the governor.
The county boss said that he will collaborate with other stakeholders to establish robust mechanisms geared towards fighting corruption.
Samboja sent a strong warning to county staff using unorthodox means to acquire wealth at the expense of public service.
"I will not entertain corruption in the county government. All staff must maintain high standards of integrity. You were given the opportunity to serve the people but not misusing it to become a millionaire overnight," said Samboja
County assembly speaker Meshack Maghanga said that they will embrace the commission’s recommendations and strategies aimed at preventing corruption and enhancing accountability.
“Corruption has become a monster in many public institutions thus negatively affecting service delivery. The best way to curb corruption is through coming up with strict preventive measures,” he said.