The introduction of the Integrated Financial Management System (Ifmis) at the Treasury was meant to cut off corruption cartels that were siphoning billions of shillings from the exchequer annually.

However, this has not been the case, as crooked public officials have continually found ways of extracting bribes to facilitate payments.

Moreover, some of the biggest corruption scandals in the past decade have taken place right under the nose of the system. The latest efforts to introduce new tools into the system that will further automate the payments chain are welcome and must be implemented fully with speed.

Additionally, the security and integrity of the system must also include an audit of the Treasury’s accountants and procurement officials who handle it every day.

Corrupt perpetrators continue to find new ways to sabotage all the systems the government puts in place in order to further their corrupt dealings. Efforts put in place by the government to curb corruption must be supported by the specific government departments to enhance the war against corruption.

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