Taxpayers association forms group to curb embezzlement in counties

NTA members during the launch of the association's strategic plan 2019/2023./COURTESY

Nairobi, KENYA: The National Taxpayers Association (NTA) have formed a health facility management group that will ensure that funds allocated to the health sector are not embezzled, hence promoting quality health services to the public.

NTA Nairobi Regional coordinator, Irene Otieno said they will monitor the usage of these funds both at National and County levels.

Speaking during the launch of NTA strategic plans 2019/2023 in Nairobi, Irene noted that normally the informal sector that heavily depends on the tax services are the ones affected.

“Full implementation of this strategy at national and county level will thus contribute to strengthen service delivery,” said Irene.

The strategic plan will majorly address building citizen demand, strengthening government service delivery, research, advocacy and policy and tax justice.

“Other strategies that have been put in place include influencing which involves partnering with communities, civil society networks, government and other stakeholders to identify key issues of concern for advocacy or policy influencing,” she said.

Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) Education Officer Zainab Ali said “the war against corruption in Kenya is government driven and it is about strengthening systems of control in organizations through better management of systems and closer supervision.”

Outlining the EACC survey in 2018 she noted that bribery is one of the thriving acts of corruption in Kenya that if not acted upon will compromise the strategic plan laid out by NTA.