Governors device new way to deal with corrupt officials

War against corruption takes new turn

Chairman council of Governors Wycliffe Oparanya with his vice chairman Mwangi wa Iria during a presser

Governors have resolved to have all officials charged in court with corruption compelled to step aside.

The resolution is part of the new devices they will deploy to fight corruption at the county level.

The governors also resolved to advocate for the amendment of the Penal Code and the Anti-Corruption & Economic Crimes Act within the next one year to strengthen enforcement of laws and create better collaboration between the agencies involved.

24 resolutions under "Deliver. Transform. Measure. Remain Accountable."

The governors passed 24 resolutions in all after the four-day annual conference that was highlighted by President Uhuru Kenyatta, his deputy William Ruto and Special AU envoy Raila Odinga.

"The national government and county government shall, within one year, develop a policy and legal framework for harmonization of revenue collection by both levels of government," Council of Governors vice chair Mwangi wa Iria read out another of their resolutions.

The governors also passed an agreement to sponsor a County Statistics Bill that will mandate the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics to keep updated data on each county to assist in policy making

The joint statement from governors further read: "Since the Big Four Agenda focuses on four devolved functions, the national government shall, in the next budget cycle, allocate resources to facilitate County Governments' support for the implementation of the Big Four Agenda."

They also resolved to have both levels of government operationalize the Performance Management Framework.

"Article 203 (3), providing that audited accounts be approved by the National Assembly shall, in not more than one year, be amended to ensure timely approval of audited accounts.

"For the other constitutional reforms, devolution shall take centre stage," the joint communiqué outlined.

The Devolution Conference was not free of its own intrigues as the top three national leaders threw jabs at each other over the ongoing multi-billion dams corruption scandal.

As President Kenyatta urged politicians to report corruption to the DCI instead of discussing it at public functions, Dr Ruto and the former Prime Minister traded barbs over his declared stake in the Arror and Kimwarer dams scandal.

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