Governors warned against misusing the COVID-19 funds

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The Ethics and Anti- Corruption Commission (EACC) has warned governors against misusing funds meant for the fight against Covid-19.

EACC’s Chief Executive Officer Twalib Mbarak on Tuesday said that the commission is monitoring how the funds are used adding that those who supply substandard goods will also not be spared.

The CEO was speaking during the handover of Sh1.2 million from EACC commissioners and staff to the Covid-19 emergency response fund board.

“This is a message to the county governors and others involved that we are monitoring how the fund is going to be spent. They should not take advantage of procurement under the guise of this emergency to enrich themselves as opposed to the intended beneficiaries because we will get them very easily,” he said

The EACC CEO said that the governors must be ready to account for every penny they spend in the Covid-19 response measures and that all procurement laws and regulations must be adhered to.

“As a commission, we are alive to the emergencies posed by this pandemic but I want to be categorical that procurement rules must be followed to the letter, Shortcuts in procurement will not be tolerated by this commission at a time when the government has reorganized its budget including suspending its key development projects like the big four so that it can get funds to deal with the pandemic” he added

The donation handed over at KICC on Tuesday was received by Jane Karuku, who chairs the fund board.

Karuku revealed that that the fund, a private sector initiative set up by President Uhuru Kenyatta in March, has so far received Sh1.3 billion in cash and kind.

Karuku further added that the fund will start spending the money collected this week.

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