Governor for Trans Nzoia County Patrick Khaemba has decried the high level of corruption in the country stressing the need for prudent management of public resources.
Speaking during the marking the 55th Madaraka Day in celebrations held at the Kitale Show-ground, the county chief emphasized the need to bolster service delivery by enhancing efficiency and curbing resource wastage in government.
Khaemba regretted that there was too much wastage in government with hefty allowances for public officers yet service delivery did not match the pay.
“There are so many allowances. We would wish them scrapped. Kenya is not for a few public servants, so we should ensure that they are not the only ones entitled to public resources,” he said.
He decried high levels of corruption in the country and challenged the national government to conduct thorough investigations against those named in the National Youth Service (NYS) scandal.
Proposing that the NYS be devolved, the governor noted that the sector received huge funding saying its annual financial budget was seven times that of the county administration yet much of the funds were embezzled.
Khaemba observed that devolving NYS and restructuring it at each county level to suit specific regions’ needs would enhance performance and ensure residents are duly captured in the programs.
He noted that in the past, shallow investigations were conducted and culprits were left to go scot-free and urged investigative agencies to conduct thorough investigations acquire solid evidence to nab those embezzling public funds.
A host of leaders were present during the Madaraka Day celebrations, including Deputy Governor Dr Stanley Tarus, area County Commissioner Erastus Mbui, County Executive Committee Members and Members of County Assembly.
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