Procurement, Accounting heads ordered to step aside

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Nairobi, KENYA: President Uhuru Kenyatta has ordered all the Heads of Procurement and Accounting Units in Ministries to step aside pending a fresh vetting exercise, a move aimed to root out corruption in the government workforce.

In a statement issued by Ministry of Interior Spokesperson Mwenda Njoka on behalf of the Government Spokesperson on Monday, they have also been instructed to handover to their immediate deputies.

“In this regard, Heads of procurement and Accounting Units in Ministries, Departments, Agencies and State Corporations have been instructed to step aside with immediate effect. Before they vacate office, they have also been instructed to hand over to their immediate deputies.” read part of the statement.

The move comes after President Uhuru Kenyatta during Madaraka Day celebrations reaffirmed his position on the fight against corruption warning that the first causalities would be rogue procurement officers in the government departments.

The officers are also required to submit information on their assets, liabilities and previous work record to the public service by Friday 8th June 2018.

“The exercise is geared towards determining suitability to continue holding public office in the public trust, and promote confidence in the public service, the same will be undertaken in a fair and objective manner; exercised with due care and regard to officers’ rights as enshrined in the Constitution.” read the statement.

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