Interior CS Dr. Fred Matiang’i has challenged accountants and other professionals to lead by example in fight against corruption by sanctioning their members who abet the vice.
He called on institutions to take advantage of the numerous opportunities for cooperation between the Government, the private sector, the faith-based communities, the professionals, and the civil society in the fight against corruption in the country.
The CS who was speaking during the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya-ICPAK 39th annual seminar in Mombasa, also called on accountants to be instrumental in fighting corruption where it is thriving with the active connivance of members of professional bodies and the necessity for prudent use of public resources in the delivery of efficient and effective public service as enshrined in the Constitution of Kenya.
Matiang’i further raised concerns following the rising cases of corruption recorded at the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC) including those involving accountants asking ICPAK to punish their members who are linked to graft.
He also noted that ICPAK maintains a Disciplinary Register despite there being sixteen unresolved cases eight of which have been pending for the last five years, six cases for four years, one case for six years, and one case for two years with twelve being categorized as dormant.
“I look forward to the day when ICPAK will buy space in newspapers to list members it has removed from its records on account of corruption…when is ICPAK going to join the fight against corruption? pic.twitter.com/jPwq2FGObn
— Ministry of Interior (@InteriorKE) May 24, 2022
Further, the CS added that his office will be open towards receiving proposals and recommendations from this year’s ICPAK seminar on how better to steward the economy during these stormy times.
The CS added that the government has for the last 10 years strengthened the legal and regulatory framework providing a sound political professional and legal environment in which the public sector of the accounting profession can thrive.
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