ANTI-GRAFT WATCHDOG TO MONITOR WEALTH OF EX-STATE STAFF FOR 10 YEARS

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Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to put on the radar all public servants including the President, his deputy, Cabinet secretaries, MPs and county executives, for ten years after exiting office.

All senior civil servants and other Executives of State-owned firms who leave office after being suspected of theft of billions of shillings in taxpayer money will also be trailed for a period of 10 years.

This comes as a result of parliament proposing additional changes to the Lifestyle Audit Bill that was approved by the Senate during its on Thursday 16th June, ahead of the coming general elections.

The Lifestyle Audit Bill mainly seeks to entrench integrity in the public service and offer guidelines on the vetting of State officers suspected to be living beyond their known income.

“This Act shall apply — (a) to public officers, and (b) in the case of a person who has ceased being a public officer, for the period of ten years immediately after the person has ceased to be a public officer,” reads new changes to the Lifestyle Audit Bill, 2021.

In the past, the country has witnessed multi-billion shillings scandals which have angered the public, who accuse top officials of acting with impunity and encouraging graft among junior staff.

The State scandals often involve bogus tenders and suppliers that allegedly result in the theft of hundreds of millions of shillings, turning public servants on low pay into overnight multi-millionaires.

These new changes will also allow the EACC to quietly move to a magistrate’s court instead of the High Court and obtain ex-parte orders to raid suspects’ homes, offices and locations not specified in the court application. Also, giving false or misleading information will attract a fine of at least Sh5 million or a two-year jail term or both if the Bill is enacted into law.

This will enable the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) detect and prevent corruption among public servants hence saving public funds and property for the country’s economic growth and development.

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