Kaimenyi brings in EACC to help fight graft at Lands ministry

Lands Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi has now roped in the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission in a new bid to fight graft in his ministry.

Prof Kaimenyi has already held a consultative meeting with EACC officials as he seeks to weed out the vice in the ministry currently ranked as the third most corrupt.

The CS chaired the Friday meeting which was the first in a series of meetings which be held by the two institutions with a view of adopting the best practices in the fight against corruption in the ministry whose service delivery has been adversely affected by the vice.

The EACC team in the talks was led by the body’s Deputy Director, Mr. Michael Mubea.

The joint meetings will culminate in the launch of both a lifestyle and an internal systems audit in two weeks time.

‘‘We must all be concerned when our ministry is ranked number three in terms of having the most corruption cases in the country,” Prof Kaimenyi said.

The Lands CS said the move was aimed at getting rid of the tag ‘one of the most corrupt to the least corrupt ministry.

The Lands CS called for transparency and equality when delivering services to Kenyans.

‘‘We are all equal but our actions create inequality,’’ he said adding: “How do files and documents in our custody disappear? Kenyans have entrusted us with their documents for safety, let us not punish them because of our greed. Let’s strive to be trustworthy.”

In his remarks, Mr. Mubea assured the ministry officials that his organization was not out to victimize anyone but was only interested in ensuring that operations at the ministry met the required standards for the benefit of all Kenyans.

The EACC deputy director was quick to point out that his organization recognized the many challenges facing the ministry including existence of manual land records and lack of physical infrastructure in general.

He however expressed concern at the lack of transparency in as far as the movement of documents in the land registries across the country and also at the large number of land brokers at these registries.

Mr. Mubea assured Prof kaimenyi that EACC had set aside adequate resources to ensure that the audit exercise was a success.



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