NGOs to stage weekly demos over corruption

NGOs Council Chairman Samuel Githinji (right) with Martin Ocholla from Centre for Strategic Affairs Development during a press briefing at the Six Eighty hotel in Nairobi today. They have called on the National Government to take quick action against those implicated in corruption. PHOTO: Gitobu Ikunda/X-News

Civil Societies have vowed to stage weekly demonstrations starting next week Thursday over wanton corruption exhibited in county governments.

Under the banner, National council of Non-Governmental organisations (NGOs), the NGOs have given the County Chiefs adversely mentioned in the Auditor General’s report one week to clearly explain the alleged financial mismanagement in their respective counties. 

Addressing the press today at a Nairobi hotel, the NGOs also asked the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC) to immediately summon all governors mentioned in the Auditor General report on cases of financial mismanagement with a view of preventing further loss of public funds.

Led by their National chairman Samuel Githinji, the NGOs said they are really concerned with the financial loss in Counties.

“We are concerned with the high level of misappropriation of funds, diversion of county revenue, cases of fraud and in some instances outright theft of tax payers money,” Githinji said. 

Githinji said the intention of devolution was not to devolve corruption but to ensure proper access and utilisation of public by the citizen’s domicile in far flank counties across the nation.

“In view of the above coupled with the intention of safeguarding public funds and avert further loss of devolved funds, civil society groups, do hereby give the Inspector General of Police , EACC and Directorate of Public prosecutions a seven day ultimatum,” Githinji warned accompanied by other five council members. 

“If no sufficient action is taken by the authorities, we shall mobilize all our members in affected counties to engage in a weekly street protest in the affected counties starting next week on Thursday,” they held.

 Githinji said corruption at the counties poses a risk to sustainable development and also undermines the spirit of devolution enshrined in the constitution.

 He explained that graft in the counties is not only a substantial threat to sustainable development at the counties but it also undermines the spirit of devolution enshrined in the constitution.

This week Auditor General Edward Ouko released financial audit report for 2014/15 financial year which disclosed a number of financial mismanagement in across the 47 counties. 

Counties such as Mombasa, Homa Bay, Machakos, Kisii, Kilifi, Nairobi and Kakamega were adversely mentioned as having serious financial questions to answer.

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