Kakamega County Assembly’s Public Accounts and Investment Committee (PAIC) has unanimously agreed to establish a caucus that will help fight corruption in the County.
County Assemblies Representative Network Against Corruption (CARNAC) is akin to the National Assembly caucus; African Parliamentarians Network Against Corruption (APNAC) whose co-founder is Hon. Musikari Kombo.
CARNAC, together with other organs like the Transparency International (TI) and Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) will be entitled to handling challenges facing the County, research on county corruption laws, create awareness, track budgeting processes in the County among other responsibilities.
Hon. Kombo assured the Committee that already the establishment of the caucus has been successful in Kisumu, Machakos and Kwale County Assemblies.
Meanwhile, the MCAs have requested the Transparency International Kenya and other organizations fighting corruption to fully engage County legislators in if the fight against corruption has to materialise.
Speaking during a two day training workshop of the the Public Accounts and Investment Committee (PAIC) by the Transparency International Kenya in kisumu, the Committee Chairperson, Hon. Rodgers Nato said that it was only through empowerment that the Assemblies could deliver their best to the public.
Once MCAs are empowered through such trainings on matters transparency and auditing processes, the Kakamega County can be a good example to be emulated by our neighbouring counties,” he added.
The Speaker of the County Assembly, Hon. Morris Buluma, said members of the PAIC Committee were given priority for the training and assured that all other Assembly committees will undergo similar training.
The Speaker, urged the Auditor General’s office to be involving the Speaker’s office prior before publishing the audit reports.
Whenever any given report is presided over by PAIC, there must be a representative from the Auditor General’s office and let my office be taken through the same before it goes public,” he said.
The acting Assembly Clerk, Mr. Laban Atemba who was present said the MCAs have a good platform to ensure county public resources are used on intended programs through oversight.
Transparent International Kenya (TI-K) is determined to work with other like-minded bodies in collaboration with Counties in tackling the vice.
According to Ms. Sheila Masinde, the TI-K Programmes Manager, working with Counties as devolved units is the only way to ensure that Chapter 6 of the Kenyan Constitution, that entails integrity, is upheald.
Addressing the workshop on Monday in Kisumu, Ms. Masinde said that the TI-K was in partnership with the Office of the Auditor General and other organs like the Africans Parliamentarians Network Against Corruption (APNAC-K) to engage counties in fighting corruption.
The coordinator, Public Accountability Programme for TI-K, Mr.Titus Ogalo, reiterated that most counties’ performance in the region was worrying especially the Assembly section thus need for a constructive engagement of stakeholders to improve their performance.
Mr. Ogalo’s sentiments were echoed by the Director of Audit; Kakamega Hub, Mr. Romanus Ngicho Ochieng who added that County Assemblies should be on the forefront in fighting corruption.
Hon. Kombo, who is also a former lawmaker decried that greed among leadership has been a major setback in realizing development in Kenya.
He however, reminded the MCAs that, through their oversight role, they were better placed to fight greed in their respective devolved units.
He confidently acknowledged that the mood in the country was friendly in fighting the vice.
There’s a political goodwill from county executives in fighting corruption unlike previously when the national executive was against the process,” Hon. Kombo said.
The Committee is in a two day workshop organized by the Transparency International Kenya.