The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has issued a strong warning to individuals who intend to embezzle public funds during the ongoing national efforts to deal with the impending El Nino rainfall. The CEO of the commission, Twalib Mbarak, conveyed in a statement to the media that they have received information indicating a lack of adherence to the law in the implementation of these measures, potentially fostering fraudulent activities in both county and national governments.
Mr. Mbarak emphasized that any organization responsible for mitigating the impact of El Nino must strictly operate within the boundaries of the law, and action will be taken against anyone found guilty of wrongdoing.
He stated, “The Commission advises that all procurement and spending carried out by National Government Ministries/Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and County governments as part of the preparations for the anticipated El Nino rains must adhere to procurement laws, the Public Finance Management Act, and related regulations.”
He further cautioned, “Accounting officers will be personally accountable for any losses, unauthorized expenditures, or misappropriation of public funds.”
The government has allocated an estimated Ksh.10 billion to address the challenges posed by the El Nino rains, which are expected to begin in mid-October and last until the end of December. A significant portion of these funds will be allocated to the Arid and Semi-Arid Land (ASAL) counties, which are anticipated to be severely affected by the rainfall. It is worth noting that this year’s El Nino is predicted to be more intense than the one experienced in 1997.