15 Jun 2018
High-level corruption across all levels of government in Kenya threatens the integrity and basic functioning of the state, the auditor general told Reuters on Thursday.
Kenyan media have reported on dozens of graft scandals involving public officers conspiring to steal from state coffers since President Uhuru Kenyatta took office in 2013. Some officials have been tried, but none have been convicted.
“If we don’t watch out, it will engulf us,” Edward Ouko told Reuters in an interview, describing the level of graft as shocking.
His audits suggest that collusion by civil servants and other officials to steal billions of Kenyan shillings annually is coordinated at a high level, he said.
Ouko, an accountant appointed in 2011, said that overhauling a Byzantine procurement and payments system that is easily tampered with is central to halting the looting.
– By Maggie Fick, Reuters, 14 June 2018.
Link to Reuters.
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