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Daily Nation : February 21st 2014
10 | National News ASSURANCE | Ports boss says cargo clearance at port has been speeded up Kenya Ports Authority boss Gichiri Ndua (left) addresses members of the East African Legislative Assembly in Mombasa yesterday. He assured them that cargo clearance times at the port had been greatly reduced. With him is EALA Speaker Mar- garet Zziwa. KEVIN ODIT | NATION DAILY NATION Friday February 21, 2014 Githongo: Graft battle can’t be won in courts BY NATION REPORTER Former anti-corruption per- manent secretary John Githongo has urged African governments to find alternatives to charging suspects in court in the fight against graft. Corrupt individuals preferred the courts because the time it takes to conclude cases gave them time to enjoy their loot, Mr Githongo (below) told a public lecture on global challenges to corruption at Strathmore University yesterday. IMPASSE | Deputy governor carries on duties, inspecting agricultural farms Members of his staff locked out earlier however report to work amid expectations BY CHARLES WANYORO @CWanyoroh E Wambora stays away from office 1052 kicked off. She said Mr Wambora was at- tending a meeting but had issued instructions to ensure all the programmes run smoothly. The governor’s personal assist- mbu governor Martin Wambora stayed out of office yesterday, a day after the High Court in Kerugoya reinstated him. However, members of his staff who had earlier been locked out of office reported to work and said Mr Wambora was keen on embarking on implementation of his plans. The office of the Director of Gov- ernor’s Press Donah Njoki said the governor was especially eager to advertise key development projects so as to ensure all the planned projects ant Bosco Kiura reiterated that the office had not been closed but was safeguarded to secure it so that when the governor resumes he would find it intact. Ms Dorothy Nditi, who was placed as the governor following Mr Wambora’s impeachment by the senate, yesterday carried on with normal duties touring agricultural farms. Accompanied by agriculture com- mittee executive member Patricio Njiru and his Sports counterpart Emily Njuki, she toured Riacina farm in the semi-arid Mbeere South district where a 100-acre irrigation project is being implemented Ms Nditi didn’t comment on politics but outlined the Embu county government policy to boost food production and woo private investors. Gazette Notice that a court order temporarily stayed. At the county assembly, speaker Kariuki Mate declined to allow the re-tabling of the motion to impeach the ejected governor for a second time, arguing that the matter was still pending in the courts. While addressing agitation by a section of Ward Representatives to debate the matter, the Speaker sought to clarify that Embu County had no substantive Governor as of yet since Mr Wambora had not been reinstated by any court process. “I am aware that there is a court order temporarily staying the Gazette Notice number 1052 of 17th February 2014 issued by the Speaker of the Senate for the information of the General public. However honourable members, I am not aware of a court order that reinstated the former Governor back to office,” said Mr Kariuki. “I am however aware of such a prayer made before court which was for the reinstatement of Martin Nyaga Wambora , but a prayer which was not granted until the substantive hearing of the application on Monday next week,” added the Speaker. Mr Mate said he was consulting with the Senate Speaker and Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission on the legal instrumentation required to declare a vacancy in the office of the Governor of Embu County. “Courts are the bluntest instruments in fighting corruption because the corrupt have the best lawyers who can keep government lawyers running around in circles for years,” he said. He called on the government to go back to instruments like declaration of wealth. “The system of assets and wealth declaration in Kenya has tapered off. We should emulate Zambia which publishes these declarations yearly,” Mr Githongo said. He warned that powerful corruption networks were spreading to the counties. Transparency International board chairperson Huguette Labelle said legislation in itself was not enough and a culture against corruption was required. “If you have nothing to hide, why not publish the declaration of your wealth?” she asked. Lack of staff hits war on corruption PIEA – WLPGA EAST AFRICA LPG TRAINING WORKSHOP Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya 18th – 20th March 2014 Petroleum Institute of East Africa (PIEA) School of Petroleum Studies has for the last fifteen years undertaken specialized training for the Oil and Gas industry. PIEA School of Petroleum Studies in partnership with World LP Gas Association (WLPGA) will for the third year running hold an East Africa regional training workshop on the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) business segment. This training workshop is aimed at not only equipping LPG stakeholders with skills and competencies but will also promote an indepth appreciation and understanding of Good Business Practices and Good Safety Practices. Book now: Telephone: 2249081/313046/0722 221120 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.petroleum.co.ke Discounts available BY NATION REPORTER Corruption and misuse of public funds are going on unchecked in the counties due to lack of investigating officers. The Ethics and Anti-Corrup- tion Commission said it had only 250 detectives to pursue cases of theft and misuse of public funds in the national and county governments. “We have about 250 officers. We are now planning to establish offices at the border points and airports but we don’t have the personnel,” said spokesman Yassin Amaro. Recovered grabbed assets Yesterday, the commission released a report showing that it had recovered grabbed assets worth more than Sh560 million in the last financial year. The July 2012 to June 2013 report, revealed that the agency was pursuing other public assets valued at Sh16.4 billion. Chief executive Halakhe Waqo said: “The commission completed 27 asset-tracing inquiries worth Sh16.38 billion in respect of public assets that had been illegally acquired.” “Recovery for these assets are ongoing. Assets valued at approximately Sh567,408,217 were recovered through courts and out of court settlements,” said Mr Waqo. Anglican Church of Kenya Archbishop Eliud Wabukala said it was worrying that corruption was still rife. “We urge Kenyans to be on the lookout and hold each other accountable,” he said. Among the recovered as- sets are Ministry of Health land valued at Sh145 million and another worth Sh80 million owned by Uasin Gishu County. The anti-graft agency said it received fewer cases than in the previous period but attributed this to the intense politics that could have distracted Kenyans. It received and analysed 3,355 reports at its headquarters and its five regional offices.
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