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Ruto to probe Uhuru claim on KSh2bn lost to corruption daily

A donor offers to fund Ruto administration to probe Uhuru Kenyatta claim Kenya losses Sh2bn daily to corruption.

The government is soon commissioning a study to establish whether the Sh 2billion daily loss is true or false; a claim made by former President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2021.

This has been revealed by the Head of Public Service, Felix Kopskei during the consultative meeting between the State and Civil Society organisations in Nairobi.

Koskei said a donor was willing to fund the entire report. 

“The claims may be true or false, on my own I cannot substantiate the claims, but we have a donor ready to fund the study to establish the exact ´gure we are losing per day and a report will follow. We are almost commissioning the study,” he said. 

According to Mr. Koskei, the government was especially upset with the way counties could have billion shillings debts piling up while still getting yearly payments from the government, an indication that corruption had crept into the devolved administrations.

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The Public Service boss said the government will not tolerate any corruption and cautioned public servants against engaging in corrupt dealings will be handled without sympathy. 

“All public servants will be held personally accountable when found with corrupt dealings. The President has been clear that there will be no sacred cows. If you are caught, you deal with the consequences, and dealing with it means replacing you,” he said. 

Civil societies, including Haki Afrika, County Governance Watch, Siasa Place, International Budget Partnership, Mzalendo Trust, NGO Coordination Board as well as an anti-graft watchdog, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission were urged to intensify public education on the dangers of corruption and get everyone on board in the fight. 

“As a government, we will work with you (civil societies) and institutions to undo the damage corruption has brought to our country and we need every agent to be part and parcel of this war,” the Head of Public Service said. 

To effectively deal with corruption, Mr Koskei said Kenyans must first be made to understand that the vice, which includes bribery, fraud, extortion, patronage, and kickbacks are not acceptable social norms and should be shunned. 

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