The Ethics And Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) has given newly elected governors and elected members of parliament 30 days to disclose their wealth.
The integrity body said in a statement dated Tuesday, August 30, that the declaration of wealth was required and was an integral component of the agency’s efforts to combat corruption.
This comes barely a day after the Ethics And Anti Corruption Commission filed a suit in High Court over alleged embezzlement of funds by Homabay County Assembly officials amounting to Kshs 36Million in collusion with a private contractor.
The amount was paid by the County Assembly of Homabay to Hartland Enterprises Limited, a private contractor, for work not done.EACC warned that a person who fails to submit a declaration or clarification required, or makes a false declaration is guilty of an offence and is liable, on conviction, to a fine not exceeding Ksh1 Million or up to one year imprisonment or to both.
It was also mentioned that the declaration will be made concurrently with the integrity oath being signed. The Anti Corruption Commission claimed that the standards would assist close gaps in the battle against graft.
The agency has recently arrested county and national government leaders who have accumulated unexplainable amounts of money while in office. A city hall officer was recently detained by EACC for having property valued at Ksh40 million despite having a cumulative salary of Ksh2.1 million.
The oath of office for elected lawmakers has not yet been taken. Prior to the swearing-in, whose date is slated to be revealed, the members of the 13th Parliament had orientation last week.
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