President Uhuru Kenyatta has stressed that corrupt officials in his government will face the full force of the law for their actions.
President Uhuru also asked leaders and Kenyans to join hands in fighting graft in the country.
“We must, with a sense of great urgency, destroy and eliminate corruption in our country before it fully destroys us and the future of our children,” the Head of State said during Madaraka Day celebrations at Kinoru Stadium in Meru County.
The President has already directed fresh vetting for heads of procurement in all State ministries within 90 days to edge out those unsuitable to serve.
“All Heads of Procurement and Accounts in Government Ministries, Departments, Agencies and Parastatals will undergo fresh vetting, including polygraph testing, to determine their integrity and suitability. Those who shall fail the vetting will stand suspended. I expect this exercise be concluded before the start of the new financial year (FY 2018/2019). You will hear of other tougher actions in the days to come,” he warned.
Uhuru heaped praise on DPP Noordin Haji and his DCI counterpart George Kinoti who have prosecuted some 54 suspects over the Sh468 million National Youth Service scandal.
“The Director of Public Prosecutions, the Police, and other institutions in the multi-agency team against corruption are on the move. They are making decisive steps to build strong cases for the prosecution of corrupt officials.
“I am glad that arrests of senior officials have been made. There are more on the way. I want officials, particularly senior ones, who are directly implicated in corruption to have no place in my administration and for them to go to jail, the President added.
The event which marked 55 years since Kenya got self-rule was presided over by President Uhuru, and various top dignitaries including his Deputy William Ruto, Opposition leader Raila Odinga and other government officials were in attendance.