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The Advocacy and Legal Advisory Centre (ALAC), Eldoret and members of the Governance Working Group in Eldoret mobilised 200 residents of Uasin Gishu County to participate in the county budget making process.

This followed months of dialogue between the County Assembly of Uasin Gishu and civil society organisations on budget making in the county. The civil society organisations worked under under the umbrella of The Governance Working Group. The Governance Working Group consists of the National Tax payers Association (NTA), Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC), North Rift Women Voices (NRWV), Nelson and Francis Associates, Kerio Centre for Community Development and Human Rights (KCCD-HR) and Transparency International Kenya’s ALAC Eldoret.

Transparency International Kenya has published the ‘Corruption Risk Assessment of the Education Sector in Turkana County’. The objective of this assessment was to identify areas of potential resource leakages and formulate appropriate strategies to remedy this situation. This assessment was part of an education project by TI-Kenya, supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs Trade and Development (DFATD) and Act Change Transform (ACT!). it was focusing on the allocation and flow of education resources in Turkana County.

In April 2014, activist Okiya Omtata was arrested at the Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi “for possessing Government confidential documents” relating to the controversial multi-billion shilling Standard Gauge Railway project. Mr. Omtata had presented the said documents as evidence in a court petition.

Article 35 of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010 guarantees citizens the right to access information held by the State. However, Mr Omtata found himself on the ‘wrong side of the law’ despite the constitutional provision for access to information.

Access to information: The problem

Information is fundamental to make informed decisions. Information is also power. Where it is not freely accessible, corruption can thrive and basic rights might not be realised. People can hide corrupt acts behind a veil of secrecy.

Those with privileged access to information can demand bribes from others also seeking it. People entitled to health or education may be denied these basic services due to lack of access to information about their rights. Governments can hide their actions by controlling or censoring the media. This prevents the facts being reported. The truth is gagged.

In January 2014, four residents of Kapsaret Constituency, Uasin Gishu County walked into Transparency International Kenya’s Advocacy and Legal Advisory Centre in Eldoret and presented a complaint regarding the building of a public bridge. The constituents complained that procurement procedures were skewed and funds were embezzled.

Following their complaint, the Kapsaret Constituency Development Fund (CDF) Committee agreed to meet with them and provide information to clarify the issues the residents raised. Eventually, this issue was resolved by the CDF Committee providing information relating to this project.

Social auditors trained by Transparency International Kenya and the Wajir Paralegal Network (WAPNET) have plugged the loss of revenue from two community water pans in Wajir County.

The two water pans were constructed in Lagbogol South Location, Habaswein District in Wajir South Constituency in 2000 and 2010 by Jubaland (now defunct), an NGO, and the Ministry of Water respectively. The water points are managed by a Water Resource Users Association committee which is constituted by the area local administrator (area chief).

Transparency International Kenya in partnership with five state agencies launched a complaints’ desk dubbed Sema! Piga Ripoti, hosted at Huduma Centre, Machakos.

The launch activities kicked off at the Huduma Centre, hosted at the Machakos Post Office, on 11th September 2014, where an information tent was placed to provide information to members of the public and receive complaints.

 Terms of Reference

Trust Fund Consultant

Humanitarian Aid Integrity Programme (HAIP) 

 

Job Vacancy:                       Consultant IGAD Community Trust Fund Project 

Duty Station:                        Nairobi with travel to the seven IGAD Countries

Department:                         Humanitarian Aid Integrity Program (HAIP)

Reporting line:                     HAIP Coordinator

Duration:                              September to December 2014 (4 months)

Remarks of the Executive Director of Transparency International Kenya, Mr. Samuel Kimeu at the opening of a civil society meeting on Technological Innovations to Identify and Reduce Corruption – Challenges and Opportunities for Civil Society Organizations organized by the African Development Bank’s Integrity and Anti-Corruption Department at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Nairobi – Kenya on 9th – 10th September 2014

Invited guests,

Ladies and gentleman,

I am happy to make the following short remarks at the opening of this workshop as a way of setting the tone for what promises to be a two-day interaction and exchange on technological innovations and their role in the fight against corruption.

Corruption remains a key challenge in the Eastern Africa region. Many of our countries in the region rank in the last quartile of the Corruption Perception Index produced every year by Transparency International. This list consists of countries that have an endemic problem with corruption. We at Transparency International define corruption as the abuse of entrusted power for private gain. We see corruption manifested in all societies and all walks of live as bribery, tender manipulation and other procurement malpractice, abuse of power, conflict of interest among other ways. Corruption undermines society’s ability to meet the basic needs of its members in the most cost-effective manner. As a documented fact, corruption slows down significantly the realization of many of the development targets our societies, including governments set for themselves. For instance, we are nearing the end of the period set aside by the community of nations for the realization of MDGs. It is acknowledged that corruption has played a key role in the deficiencies we see in the realization of these goals.  In Kenya, our key service delivery sectors have suffered from corruption and access to these services such as water, education and health is significantly undermined by corruption.

Contrary to reports appearing in some sections of the media this week, Transparency International and Transparency International Kenya have not ranked Kenya the fourth most corrupt country in the world.  These media reports have erroneously interpreted data from the Global Corruption Barometer released in 2013 to make this declaration.