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Nairobi, 25 January 2017 – Kenya has declined in rank as it continues to post a poor score in the global Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 2016 released today by the Transparency International movement. Kenya scored 26 on a scale of zero to 100 (with zero perceived to be highly corrupt, and 100 very clean), compared to a score of 25 in 2015. Kenya is ranked at position 145 out of 176 countries and territories included in the latest edition of the CPI. Kenya’s score is below the global average of 43 and Sub Saharan Africa’s mean of 31. Kenya had a score of 25 in 2014 and 27 in 2013 and 2012. This indicates that despite the rhetoric of anti-corruption, the fundamental in the fight against corruption have not yielded significant dividend. The CPI measures the perceived levels of public sector corruption in countries and territories worldwide and is based on expert opinion.

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Integrity Uadilifu

PRESS STATEMENT
Title: STATEMENT BY PARTICIPANTS AT THE STAKEHOLDER POLICY DIALOGUES
ON THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH AUDIT REPORT.


We, the undersigned nine organizations and associations, being representatives of
institutions drawn from the health, human rights, governance and development partners
have taken note of the recent revelations of theft, misuse and/or loss of public funds at the
Ministry of Health and the subsequent response to the report by the Cabinet Secretary, Dr.
Cleopa Mailu, EBS.
We note and are perturbed by the fact that the present revelation of theft touches
on resources meant for some of the most vulnerable and needy members of our society
namely expectant women, young children and persons living with HIV.
We welcome and stand in solidarity with all whistleblowers in government and
outside of government, and in equal measure incite the best of our civic consciousness and
duty as Kenyan citizens in defending the constitution.
We remain committed to and urge a completely transparent process of
investigations, verification and full disclosures to get to the bottom of the Afya House
scandal. Specifically, the investigations must answer the following questions:

1. Violation of the Constitutional Mandate of the National Government – We note
with concern the continued and systematic violation of the Constitution by the
National Government by carrying out functions that are meant for the County
Government as provided by the Fourth Schedule to the Constitution. From
procurement of medical equipment to be leased to County, to the current report
which clearly shows procurement of goods and services meant for primary health
care, we see a deliberate effort to undermine county governments from carrying
out their mandate. Furthermore, we note that the Ministry of Health has not
provided evidence of a request from the County Governments to handle the
functions as provided in Article 187 of the Constitution or the perquisite
agreements as required by Article 26 of the Inter-Governmental Relations Act,
2012. The Ministry should make these requests and agreements from the Counties
mentioned in the report for public scrutiny;
2. Procurement process and Value-for-Money: Despite providing a response to the
audit queries raised, the Ministry has not provided clear information on what
necessitated the procurement, neither is there evidence of public participation on
the procurement process. Further, it remains unclear why the procurement of the
clinics and related materials was necessary. In particular:
i. When was the decision to procure made?
ii. Who originated the procurement process?
iii. Did the government get Value-for-money in this procurement?
3. Undermining the Office of the Auditor General: We take great exception with, and
find unjustifiable the ready willingness with which the Cabinet Secretary Ministry of
Health proposes to hire, at public expense, a fresh private external audit of the
monies in question. It remains unclear why there is an unwillingness to invite the
independent expertise of the Office of the Auditor General to determine whether
or not, and/or the extent to which public monies may have been lost,
misappropriated or misused by public officers;
4. Conflict of Interest and Nepotism: Ensure full disclosure and release of AGPO
Beneficiary Data including total value of awards and directors and for all the
eighteen (18) State Ministries since FY 2014/2015. Did the procurement process
adhere to AGPO (Access to Government Procurement Opportunities) provisions,
guidelines and definitions of disadvantaged/marginalized groups?
5. Role of the Controller of Budgets: The Ministry has not fully explained How and
when payments were approved and made to key suppliers.
6. Intimidation of the Media: We note with concern the deliberate intimidation and
continued threats of media houses and journalists, which is against the constitutional
rights of freedom of the media and access to information as provided in Articles 34
and 35 of the Constitution respectively. For this reason, we wish to condemn actions
by the Principal Secretary Dr. Nicholas Muraguri aimed at threatening and silencing
the journalist.
7. Involvement of the Auditor General: As a matter of urgency, we demand that the
Auditor General institute an independent probe into the matter.


As stakeholders, we will undertake the following actions in the coming days:
1. Write and engage with all the relevant players to provide the requisite
information to inform our next course of action.
2. Intensify calls for reforms in the health sector, particularly the
enactment of the Health Bill which should have a clear delineation of
roles and responsibilities of the National Government and County
Governments in the provision of healthcare services in line with the
Constitution of Kenya.
Kenya Medical Practitioners,
Pharmacists and Dentists Union
Health NGOs Network
Kenya Union of Journalists Kenya Treatment Access Movement
Society for International Development Transparency International-Kenya
The National Empowerment Network of
People living with HIV/AIDS in Kenya
(NEPHAK)
Kenya Ethical and Legal Issues Network

PUBLIC ACTION AGAINST MINDLESS THEFT AND WASTE OF STATE RESOURCES:

A Statement Issued by the Kenyan CSOs on November 1, 2016
Since independence, Kenyan public has been treated to a cocktail of abominable theft, plunder,
squander and waste of public resources, while the institutions tasked with the mandate to probe
and deal with the said scandals have repeatedly sanctified the same. Bailed as the most corrupt
and unaccountable administration in Kenya’s political history so far, the Jubilee regime’s 4 years
in power has been characterized by rampant, reckless and mindless looting and
misappropriation of state coffers.
The situation in the country remains so grave and dire that the official Auditor General’s report
for 2015 found that just 1% of Kenya government spending and a quarter of the entire 1.6
trillion shillings budget was properly accounted for. Current reports indicate that Kenya loses
approximately 600Billion shillings out of its annual budget of 2 trillion (close to 30%) through
wanton theft and waste. Imagine what this amount could do in supporting health care for the
poor, provision of quality basic education, clean water or employment for our youth?
Specifically, the Kenyan CSOs note with concern the following systemic and vicious failures of
the political establishments, both at the national and county levels: That as noted by John
Githongo, a prominent anti-corruption crusader, “corruption in Kenya has deepened and widened
since President Uhuru Kenyatta came to power in 2013”.

PUBLIC ACTION AGAINST MINDLESS THEFT AND WASTE OF STATE RESOURCES:

A Statement Issued by the Kenyan CSOs on November 1, 2016
Since independence, Kenyan public has been treated to a cocktail of abominable theft, plunder,
squander and waste of public resources, while the institutions tasked with the mandate to probe
and deal with the said scandals have repeatedly sanctified the same. Bailed as the most corrupt
and unaccountable administration in Kenya’s political history so far, the Jubilee regime’s 4 years
in power has been characterized by rampant, reckless and mindless looting and
misappropriation of state coffers.
The situation in the country remains so grave and dire that the official Auditor General’s report
for 2015 found that just 1% of Kenya government spending and a quarter of the entire 1.6
trillion shillings budget was properly accounted for. Current reports indicate that Kenya loses
approximately 600Billion shillings out of its annual budget of 2 trillion (close to 30%) through
wanton theft and waste. Imagine what this amount could do in supporting health care for the
poor, provision of quality basic education, clean water or employment for our youth?
Specifically, the Kenyan CSOs note with concern the following systemic and vicious failures of
the political establishments, both at the national and county levels: That as noted by John
Githongo, a prominent anti-corruption crusader, “corruption in Kenya has deepened and widened
since President Uhuru Kenyatta came to power in 2013”.

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CSO's Statement ahead of the Governance and Anti-Corruption
Presidential Summit,
State House, 18th October 2016
 
The Society for International Development and Transparency International-Kenya re-affirm their
commitment to fighting the cancer of corruption and improving the state of governance in
Kenya. Corruption is the singular threat to the constitution vision of our nation, our national
security and economy. 70% of all corruption is based on procurement. 20% of our public schools
are currently at risk of land grabbing. 54% of Kenyans still believe having a personal relationship
with a Public Officer guarantees them faster or better services and 46% believe a bribe is
necessary to be effectively served. We believe there are four issues that need urgent executive
attention.

         

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        VIOLATION OF OUR NATIONAL VALUES THROUGH PROMOTION OF INTOLERANCE AND HATRED BY POLITICAL LEADERS 


JOINT PRESS STATEMENT BY CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS MONITORING IMPLEMENTATION OF NATIONAL VALUES AND PRINCIPLES OF GOVERNANCE


The Constitution of Kenya (CoK) 2010 contains a number of provisions aimed at securing national unity both procedural and substantive national values and principles of governance as enshrined in Article 10. Kenya is made up of more than 42 plus tribes who call Kenya their mother country and have equal opportunities of exercising their talents towards building one nation, Kenya. The main anchors of the national values and principles of governance are the Constitution of Kenya 2010, the various Acts of Parliament including Public Service Commission Act 2012, Fair and Administrative Action Act No. 4 of 2015, Leadership and Integrity Act of 2012, Public Officers Ethics Act 2002, and other policy documents such as the Mwongozo Code of Conduct for public service in Kenya.
It is therefore with profound sadness that we witnessed the uncultured move by political leaders from North Rift region, led by Governors Jackson Mandago of Uasin Gishu County and Alex Tolgos of Elgeyo Marakwet County, to attempt to evict the newly appointed Acting Vice Chancellor of Moi University, Prof Laban Ayiro appointed as the Acting Vice Chancellor of the public institution.
It is shocking that in this age and under the current constitutional dispensation, we still have political leaders who imagine universities belong to a tribe, unaware that a university is a global institution imparting knowledge, skills, proper work ethic and attitudes with inclusive world view and harmony to all humanity. Education is one of the engines for national unity and we cannot allow divisive politics around it. Universities are universal and therefore should not be localized the way we are seeing. Any Kenyan, as long as he/she is qualified ought to feel free to offer expertise to head any institution of higher learning, notwithstanding foreigners (if they happen to be from a country external to Kenya) and none shall be denied or given such opportunity on the basis of their ethnic background. Furthermore, public universities are national institutions funded by the Kenya taxpayers and should thus reflect the face of Kenya.

 

Olympics

 

Sports are all forms of usually competitive physical activity or games which through casual or organized participation, aim to use, maintain or improve physical ability and skills while providing enjoyment to participants and entertainment for spectators.
Corruption in sport has many forms. Referees and players can take bribes to fix matches. Club owners can demand kickbacks for player transfers. Companies and governments can rig bids for construction contracts. The Global Corruption Report shows that sport provides a global overview of corruption across sport and outlines recommendations from leading experts in the field on what needs to be done.
During the ongoing Olympics we have seen a number of corruption cases which need to be dealt with, for instance the £1.3million payment made by the Tokyo Olympic bid team raised questions. The existence of such cases is leading athletes, footballers and other sport participants to become slaves of condemnation by the general public.

Nairobi, Kenya - 8th of July 2015: Willie Kimani (32), a Kenyan human rights lawyer, went missing after he left a courthouse in Nairobi on 23 June 2016. A week later, his dead body was recovered from a river outside of the capital, together with the bodies of his client, Josephat Mwenda, and their taxi driver, Joseph Muiruri.

The Administration Police is suspected of abducting, torturing and murdering the three in the light of Kimani’s investigation into police abuse on behalf of his client Josephat Mwenda.

KENYA: Investigate Killings of Lawyer, Two Men

Bodies Dumped in River after Enforced Disappearance

 

(Nairobi, July 4, 2016) – Kenyan authorities must urgently investigate the killing las week of three men, including a human rights lawyer, and ensure that those found responsible are held to account in fair trials, 34 Kenyan and international human rights organization said today. Human rights activists will today hold demonstrations in Nairobi and other parts of Kenya to protest the heinous killings.

Don’t let the UK summit be another missed opportunity to fight corruption

Transparency International lays out plan for genuine global cooperation to make the UK Anti-Corruption Summit a success

Berlin, 9 May 2016 – Transparency International today warned that without real global cooperation and a deep sense of urgency on the need to fight corruption, the UK Anti-Corruption Summit will be just another talk shop with little impact.

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