EACC Conducts Anti-Corruption Training for County Executives

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has today conducted a sensitization training program aimed at county executives to institutionalize and sustain ethics and integrity in the county.

The outreach, which will span across multiple counties, is designed to empower the county executive, which doubles up as corruption prevention committee, to develop proactive measures to prevent corruption.

Dr. Emily Mworia, Deputy Director of Education and Public Awareness at EACC, emphasized that this initiative emphasizes the commission's commitment to promoting good governance within public entities. She further said that training also targets to strengthen systems, practices and processes at the devolved units.

Charles Rasugu, North Rift EACC Regional Director, noted the widespread cases of mismanagement of public resources within counties. He highlighted that more than 1,000 corruption reports have been received from various counties, with embezzlement of public funds being the most prevalent issue. To combat this, corruption prevention forums and other initiatives have been implemented.

Rasugu called on county governments to uphold the highest standards of integrity to ensure public funds are utilized effectively. Specific areas such as bursaries and peace border schools have already been flagged for irregularities and are under investigation.

County Secretary Jonathan Siwanyang reaffirmed the government's commitment to collaborating with the EACC to prevent the loss of public resources. He stressed the importance of educating the public on these issues and ensuring resources are directed towards their intended purposes.

Through partnership with GIZ-Good Governance Programme, the training has been rolled out in 6 Counties. The long-term goal is to extend the program to all 47 counties, thereby strengthening and augmenting governance nationwide.