Kajiado Governor, Joseph Ole Lenku, has directed the County Secretary to work together with the Kajiado County Anti-Corruption Civilian Oversight Committee Chairman, Bishop Richard Keturai and the office of the County Commissioner to form county civilian anti-Corruption oversight committees.
He said the committees will operate at the Sub-county, Wards and the Village level under the framework of project management committees, which will aid in the fight against graft in the County.
Speaking after receiving the Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) in the Office of the Attorney General and Department of Justice, Prof. Micheni Ntiba and officials from the National Anti-Corruption Campaign Steering Committee (NACCSC) in his office, Governor Lenku said that the move will go a long way in the bid to end corruption in the County.
“My administration will ensure that Kajiado residents appreciate that the projects being undertaken by the County Government are for them, so that they can embrace them and be an alternative eye in combating corruption within the County,” said the Governor.
Professor Ntiba noted that the Committee already has over 31 county Civilian Anti-Corruption Oversight Committees in the country and they are in the process of creating the committees in the remaining counties.
Ntiba said that the committee seeks to form a very tight bond between the national and county governments for greater cooperation in the fight against corruption and its prevention.
“In the past, we have been working with the County Commissioners but we have seen it fit to include governors so that every Kenyan understands what corruption is; let every Kenyan know what corruption is by demystifying it so all of us fight it as a people in order that we stop corruption in the entire country,” said Professor Ntiba.
During the meeting, the team resolved that the county administrative structures which run from the county level under the Chief Officers to Sub-counties with the Sub-county, Ward and Village Administrators, will liaise with the office of the County Commissioner and the Kajiado County Anti-Corruption Civilian Oversight Committee, to establish similar structures so that the fight against corruption flows from the top to the bottom.
The Governor affirmed his commitment to fight graft and continued cooperation with the NACCSC to make Kajiado a pace setter in the fight against corruption.
By Diana Meneto