President William Ruto through the Chief of Staff and Head of Public Service Felix Koskei has indicated intentions to revive stalled probe and possible prosecutions of the infamous Covid-19 billionaires linked to controversial heist of Sh8.7billion supplies at the graft laden Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (Kemsa) two years ago.
During a consultative meeting chaired by the Head of Public Service, the agencies came up with a stringent collaborative working partnership to curb the vice.
Koskei noted that the Covid-19 billionaires will soon be taken to court to account for the lost funds despite the probe having stalled in a back and forth exchange of files between the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (Eacc) and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP).
“We are all in agreement that this menace need be slayed. Nobody will be protected or victimised in this fight.” Koskei said.
He made it clear that president William Ruto has directed him to improve governance and ensure zero tolerance to corruption.
“It is the president’s desire and he has directed we strengthen our role without fear or favour while doing our jobs.” He added.
Koskei said no form of corruption will be tolerated in all government ranks
“We want clear personal responsibility as president has directed. This will be the new approach in town.” He added.
At the same time, the National Intelligence Service (NIS) Director General nominee, the Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji said proper investigations and corporation will ensure successful prosecution.
“Corruption has become systematic. We will only succeed if we respect the constitution and work in accordance with the law.” Haji is said to have submitted.
On the other hand, Director of Criminal investigation (DCI) Mohammed Amin said his office was working closely with the office of the Director of Public Prosecution.
Amin’s predecessor George Kinoti has frosty relations with Haji during his tenure despite the initial display of blossom cooperation between the duo.
On her part, Controller of Budget Margaret Nyakan’go requested for additional staff to the counties, noting that one officer is currently based in each county.
Nyakan’go said many counties misappropriating funds through paying of imprest through corporations not guided by the law.
Chairperson Public Service Commission Antony Muchiri called for proper audit to all public servants.
Muchiri said training and monitoring of accounting officers was crucial in ensuring internal control measures.