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Governors accuse auditors of demanding bribes to write favourable reports

by | Nov 1, 2019 | Counties | 0 comments

Council of Governors chairman Wycliffe Oparanya claims to have evidence of some auditors who have been allegedly soliciting bribes in order to issue favourable reports.

Oparanya called on Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to investigate auditing officers from the office of the Auditor General who have been writing audit reports for all the 47 devolved units.

“We have witnessed cases where auditors demanded bribes in order to dish out favours. We are in possession of this evidence,” Oparanya said on Thursday during a consultative meeting of the CoG and the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) on how to prevent graft.

The Kakamega governor also slammed some of the private sectors players including contractors and suppliers, saying some perpetuate corruption in counties.

Oparanya further noted that fight against graft was proving difficult as influential people in power benefit from the corruption networks.

“The fight against corruption is proving difficult because there are people in power who have decided to benefit from it and the existing framework. Leaders lack both the will and capacity to stop them,” he said

There have been reports of officers from office of the Auditor General’s office soliciting for bribes in order to overlook audit queries.

EACC chair Eliud Wabukala on his part called on the county leaders to be accountable and feel free to work with his office to tame the menace.

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