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Warnings to those misusing public resources-Ruto

President William Ruto has warned of stern action against officials who misuse public resources.

President Ruto says as much as the Government continues to support devolution in transforming lives of Kenyans, he will not have mercy on those who misuse funds.

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Speaking on Wednesday in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County, during the official opening of the 8th Devolution Conference, the President called for prudent use of resources to initiate more development projects aimed at empowering the lives of ordinary Kenyans.

“As far as I can tell, it was never the spirit or intent of the people of Kenya to devolve corruption, mismanagement and malpractices to the counties,” said President Ruto.

The Head of State regretted that many counties have evolved into notorious epicentres of wanton looting, with everyone, from governors and county executive to junior officers being  implicated in a wild free-for all at the expense of essential service delivery.

“Many innocent Kenyans are victimized, underserved or altogether neglected on a daily basis because of this devolved criminality,” he said.

The Head of State cautioned that counties must not become drivers of scandal, incubators of graft or embezzlement hubs, saying the people of Kenya deserve better, and they must be rid of ‘this reckless betrayal’.

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“It will not be business as usual. We must liberate devolution from corruption,” he said.

President Ruto made it clear that corruption will be treated at all levels of government as a high priority law enforcement issue requiring expeditious and decisive response.

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“Regardless of position, office or other status, any person implicated in the loss of public funds, whether in the national or devolved government, must encounter the punitive consequences of their actions in full,” he said.

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The Head of State asked concerned agencies to move with speed and attend to the many cases of corruption that are festering in many counties.

President Ruto, at the same time, said ditigitalisation and automation remain solution to poor governance and attainment of efficient service delivery.

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“I therefore encourage you to embark on the journey of integrating digital solutions and ICT to service delivery and project implementation,” said President Ruto.

Senate Speaker Amason Kingi urged counties to ensure accountable and transparent use of resources.

“It’s time counties explore innovative ways of creating income generating projects to avoid over reliance on the national government,” said Kingi.

Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi said devolution has impacted the society positively by transforming lives of ordinary people.

“The only remaining focus is to tackle the problem of pending bills,” said Mudavadi. 

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