The Trans Nzoia County leadership has pledged to tackle corruption after a report released this week that ranked the County as the second in the corruption/bribery index countrywide by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).
While addressing the press at his office, Trans Nzoia County Deputy Governor Dr. Stanley Kenei Tarus welcomed the EACC report, saying it’s time for the County to face reality, and that corruption cases were rampant, “We don’t refute the report put together by EACC, and we are putting up measures to deal with the vice,” said Tarus.
The Trans Nzoia Deputy Governor said the report covered projects in 2015 and 2016, when corruption cases were many, especially in the infrastructural and procurement offices, as well as the health sector. He said some contracts secured to further infrastructure developments were dubiously allocated to some contractors. Concerning the health sector, he said some officers colluded to steal medicinal drugs and the services offered were also poor.
However, he said changes will be made and corrupt officers will be charged and prosecuted in court, “We have put in place measures to curb corruption so that in the next released report we’ll be ranked among the best governed Counties,” said the Trans Nzoia DG.
His sentiments were echoed by Trans Nzoia County speaker Joshua Werunga, who said the Assembly is willing to work with the executive to tame corruption. He said this will build the residents’ confidence in the County leadership, adding that they should be willing to name and shame all corrupt officers found culpable.