Press Releases (65)
Kisumu, Kenya - 12th May 2014: Kenya has recently marked one year of the devolved system of government. The devolution journey has experienced its fair share of teething challenges, against a backdrop of supremacy and turf wars among key players and institutions. As devolution continues to occupy Kenya’s focus, Transparency International Kenya conducted a Local Integrity Systems (LIS) study, aimed at examining internal governance and the capacity of each of the core county government actors such as the county executive and assembly, and their role in promoting integrity in the county government system. The assessment also aimed to develop a follow-up action plan for strengthening integrity at the county level in collaboration with key county stakeholders. It was conducted in Kisumu and Kwale counties between September and December 2013.
Nairobi: Wednesday, 30th April 2014 - Reports that the Parliamentary Budget and Appropriations Committee and its counterpart on Finance and Trade have recommended payment of Sh1.4 billion to two companies for Anglo-Leasing related projects is alarming.
The handling of Anglo Leasing contracts leaves a lot to be desired. Any attempt to pay any money in relation to these contracts is at best an indication of complicity by senior public officials to fleece Kenyans of public funds.
Lodwar, Turkana: Saturday, 12th April 2014 – Government and non-governmental organisations in Turkana County have today launched an Integrated Complaint Referral Mechanism dubbed ‘Uwajibikaji Pamoja’. The platform aims to improve service delivery to the residents of Turkana County and facilitate the referral of complaints from one service provider to another.
No to Death Penalty for Corruption
Nairobi, Kenya – 2nd April, 2014 - Transparency International Kenya strongly opposes the effort by Kiharu MP, Irungu Kang’ata to amend Section 48 of the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act to impose the death penalty on those who are found guilty of corruption. While we appreciate the zeal of the MP, we find it misdirected and diversionary.
Nairobi – 13th March, 2014 - Transparency International Kenya welcomes the ruling by the Public Procurement Administrative Review Board ordering the cancellation of a tender award to Olive Technologies to supply laptops to schools.
The Board has ruled the company did not have the financial capacity to be awarded the tender worth Kshs 24 billion. Against the requirement of an annual turnover of Kshs 8 billion, the company was found to have a turnover of only Kshs 1.1 billion. Furthermore the company is not an original equipment manufacturer as required. That such glaring shortfalls in Olive Technologies’ bid were overlooked in the procurement process, points to unacceptable lack of due diligence in the process or deliberate underhand dealings in this tender award.
Nairobi – 20th February, 2014 - Transparency International welcomes the commitment expressed by the President to partner with the organisation in the fight against corruption. TI Board Chair Dr Huguette Labelle and TI-Kenya Board Chair Dr Richard Leakey, and other representatives from the organisation held a meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Cabinet Secretary Devolution and Planning Anne Waiguru yesterday. They separately met with the Attorney General Githu Muigai earlier. The President promised to direct relevant officials in the fight against corruption to engage with TI to review the progress in tackling the vice and provide regular feedback. “TI stands ready to engage constructively with the government in the fight against corruption,” said Dr Labelle.
Nairobi – 29th January 2014 - Transparency International Kenya is dismayed by the stance taken by both President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto that the billion Shilling standard gauge railway project will proceed despite questions being raised about the award of the project contract to China Road and Bridge Company.
TI-Kenya is similarly distressed by the position taken by a section of Members of Parliament allied to the Jubilee coalition to the effect that they will defend the SGR procurement process in Parliament and ensure the project goes ahead as planned. This is in spite of the ongoing processes seeking to unearth whether the law was violated during the procurement stage of this project.
Nairobi – Tuesday, 3rd December 2013: Kenya continues to rank poorly in Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index launched today by the global Transparency International movement.
The Index ranks Kenya at position 136 out of 177 countries and territories surveyed, with a score of 27 on a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean. Kenya’s score in the index remains unchanged from the 2012 index.
Nairobi – 22nd November, 2013 – The approval of the nomination of Mr. John Mututho to head the National Authority for Campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) is inconsistent with integrity in leadership.
Members of the National Assembly voted to overturn the recommendations of the National Security and Administration Committee of the National Assembly that the nominee should first deal with a criminal and a civil matter facing him before he is appointed.
Nairobi – 11th October, 2013 – The report presented to Members of Parliament this week by the Office of the Auditor General showing that over Ksh. 300 billion from the financial year 2011/2012 has not been properly accounted for calls for action to be taken against those responsible.
The audit report points to specific ministries, and accounting issues including unsupported expenditure, excess expenditure, pending bills, management of Imprest, maintenance of bank and cash accounts and maintenance of accounting records. This means that specific officers can be held accountable for the loss of these public funds.