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Loss of El Nino funding will be the responsibility of accounting officers says EACC

EACC CEO Twalib Mbarak has advised county governments and national government Ministries, Departments and Agencies ((MDAs)) against breaking the rules regarding procurement in advance of El Nino.

He recommended them to follow the aforementioned law when making purchases and spending money on preparations for the expected rains and mitigation measures.

Mbarak claimed in a statement dated September 29 that there have been reports to the Commission that some mitigation actions have been initiated and implemented in violation of the law.

He stated that this neglect can result in financial fraud and the theft of public cash.

Mbarak emphasized that Section 11 of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Act of 2011 gives the Commission the authority to independently advise anyone on any subject related to its mandate.

In accordance with the Leadership and Integrity Act (LIA), he continued, EACC may demand that public entities help to ensure that Chapter Six of the Constitution is followed and upheld.

Leadership and integrity are topics covered in Chapter Six of the Constitution.

These organizations may also be mandated by the Act to promote the highest standards and anti-corruption best practices.

The warning comes after the Kenya Meteorological Department issued alerts regarding anticipated rainfall caused by El Nino that might start in September 2023 and last until January 2024.

The entire nation is anticipated to experience these rains.

Following the declaration, both the federal government and local governments have implemented interventions and mitigation measures intended to control the consequences of El Nino.

According to David Gikungu, director of the meteorological service, most of the country will start to see rain by the end of next week.

He stated that until the end of December, rainfall will be above average in the majority of regions.

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