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Daily Nation : February 14th 2014
DAILY NATION Friday February 14, 2014 ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE Arsenal and Man United cancel out at the Emirates as title race, Champions League slots fight hots up. P.70 SPORT INSIDE INTEGRITY | State to check employees’ suitability for jobs Now all civil servants to be vetted afresh CROSS COUNTRY KAROKI OUT TO WREST BACK TITLE The 2012 champ will be one of the star attractions at national championships tomorrow. P.67 Cabinet also makes elaborate plans to enhance security and equip agencies BY BERNARD NAMUNANE @nobewe firstname.lastname@example.org A Download the NMG PLAY app on Google Play and scan this QR code with your smart phone for pictures, videos and more stories. ll civil servants are set to be vetted afresh to prove their suitability. The decision to subject public officers to an integrity test was reached yesterday by the Cabinet as it also laid out elaborate plans to enhance security, equip various agencies with the latest technology to reduce crime and improve the welfare of the military and police force. The Cabinet, meeting for the third time this year, agreed to extend the vetting of public officers to middle and lower levels as a way of getting the right people to implement reforms provided for in the Constitution. The Cabinet, chaired by President Kenyatta, agreed to craft the Kenya Integrity Pro- gram (KIP) based on Chapter Six of the Constitution with specific focus of good governance and fighting corruption. The aim, as stated in the Budgetary Policy Statement of 2014 is to place Kenya is a position to achieve high levels of economic growth. “To achieve these, a Kenya Integrity Programme will be developed in 2014. It will contain a code of conduct requiring vetting of all public officers,” a brief from the Cabinet meeting sent by the Presidential Strategic Communication Unit. Since 2012, applicants for top public jobs have been subjected to open vetting processes as required by the Constitution which was adopted in 2010. Members of all Constitutional Commissions, judges, principal secretaries and Cabinet Secretaries have all been vetted under the same parameters. A number of judges and magistrates have lost their jobs after vetting. On going is the police vet- ting process which has seen senior police officers vetted publicly with some of them found unfit to serve the Kenya Police Force. Yesterday, the Cabinet was To achieve these, a Kenya Integrity Programme will be developed in 2014. It will contain a code of conduct requiring vetting of all public officers” Cabinet brief categorical that good governance, which play a key role in economic growth and service delivery, can only be achieved when public officers who don’t meet integrity standards have been weeded out. “The government will implement well-targeted governance and anti-corruption reforms focusing on, corruption prevention, economic crime investigations and assets recovery, building and strengthening of prosecution capacity,” the brief said. MOP-UP | Phones seized in prison cells TOM OTIENO | NATION Mr Wilson Okomba, the Assiistant Commissioner of Prisons in charge of Kibos in Kisumu, displays phones found in the cells following a search, yesterday. Prisoners clashed with warders, who were trying to rescue their colleagues detained by the inmates, during mop-up of the contraband. More than 10 inmates were injured in the scuffle.
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