Capital FM (Nairobi)

16 October 2013

Kenya: Uhuru to Set Up Website for Reporting Corruption

Nairobi — President Uhuru Kenyatta says he will set up a website where the public can report cases of corruption within the government.

The Head of State on Wednesday said that the platform will enable members of public to report government officials who engage in graft so that appropriate action is taken against them.

"I will open a website where when you go to look for help in government offices and you are asked to give a bribe you can immediately report the person," he said.

"All one will be required to do is log in, and there will be a place to record the name, ministry, department and position of the culprit to get them arrested," explained Kenyatta.

He asked government officials to desist from engaging in corruption as it inhibits economic empowerment to those looking for the government contacts.

"We have reached a point where if you want to keep your Government job, you must be satisfied with the salary you are paid."

"If you think it is not enough, you are free to quit and look for other forms of employment," President Kenyatta said.

He emphasised that no obstacle would be allowed to prevent the youth, women and persons with disability from benefiting from the 30 percent government procurement allocated to them.

Speaking at the Women and Youth Expo he warned the Public Procurement Directorate to seal all loopholes that would allow corruption to compromise the procurement process, saying no laxity on their part will be tolerated.

He further promised to closely monitor the allocation of the government contracts to see exact numbers of those who benefit from them.

He also affirmed his administration's commitment to empowering women, the youth and persons with disability to drive the country's transformation agenda, saying doing so is empowering the whole society as they represent over 70 percent of the country's population.

"For far too long we have characterised our women as people who are dependent and it is time they became people to depend on."

"Our youth were viewed as people who lacked vision and direction, I want to make them the engine that drives Kenya," the President said.

He stressed that giving the youth; women and persons with disability the opportunity to explore their potential would accelerate the realisation of the country's development goals.

Speaking during the occasion, Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru said implementation of the government procurement opportunities to women, the youth and persons with disability would ensure groups that were previously marginalised benefit from Government initiatives.

Waiguru said ministries and State Corporations had a duty to embrace the Government procurement policy since it was incorporated in the performance contracts that they signed recently.

Concerns have however been raised by the National Youth Council spokes person Arnold Maliba over the allocations of the contracts who said that they were inaccessible.

"The requirements for one to qualify for the funds are very stringent,"

"Applicants have to have businesses already running or in a partnership and this leaves out those who are starting out."

"People at the grassroots are also likely to miss an opportunity as they have little knowledge about the fund," explained Maliba.

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