Be wary of professionals who use pen and paper to rob you, Ruto tells Kenyans

DP William Ruto when he opened the annual Law Society of Kenya (LSK) conference in Kwale County.  Deputy President William Ruto told Ke...

DP William Ruto when he opened the annual Law Society of Kenya (LSK) conference in Kwale County. 
Deputy President William Ruto told Kenyans to be wary of professionals who "use pen and paper" to steal from them.
Ruto told an LSK meeting in Kwale that professionals like lawyers, engineers, accountants, auditors among others fake titles, falsify affidavits, launder money that ends up funding terrorism activities.
"We have robbers using guns to rob Kenyans while we have professionals using pen and paper to do the same in equal measure. Such activities are not done by people who are fools but professionals," Ruto added.
The DP urged lawyers to partner with government in the fight against corruption. Ruto noted that the Government has done its part in the fight against corruption.
He said laws on procurement, which has been the biggest single source of corruption, have been changed to ensure accounting officers on matters of tenders take responsibility for any mismanagement.
"The Government has strengthened rules on procurement that the accounting officers will be held responsible for mismanagement in the sector," said Ruto.
Ruto alleged that since the dismissal of former Transport CS Michael Kamau, the cost of doing a kilometer of tarmacked road has reduced from Sh100 million to between Sh30-40 million.
Kamau and Charity Ngilu are facing corruption-related cases in court.
"We are making issues of procurement transparent in ensuring tenders are awarded in accordance to rules and regulations," Ruto said.
He said days when ‘orders from above’ in determining those to award tenders are long gone.
"Days when leaders asked accounting officers to reward them with tenders without following the due process of law are long gone. The matter rests with the accounting officers who will take individual responsibility in misuse of resources," said Ruto.
He said the Government has deployed enough resources to Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) and Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) in the fight against corruption.
"We have deployed 95 additional prosecutors to DPP to enhance its work," he said.
He added that the private partnership has formulated the bribery law targeting those companies, which engage in corrupt deals with a view to blacklisting them from doing businesses with the Government.
"We hope the new law with help blacklist those corrupt companies from doing business with the Government and the private sector," said Ruto.
LSK chairman Isaac Okero said lawyers will continue to work with the government in the fight against corruption.
He told his colleagues to avoid activities, which could compromise their profession.
"Corruption is a widespread concern in both public and private sector and it is derailing development efforts. We should work together and embrace good governance in confronting the vice," said Okero.
Kwale governor Salim Mvurya said there was need to foster accountability as the only way to fight corruption in counties.
"The media should also help expose those engaging in corruption so that they can be blacklisted as this will serve as an example to those who will do the same," Mvurya said.
Siaya governor Cornell Rasanga, IEBC chairman Issack Hassan and Mombasa senator Omar Hassan among other leaders attended the meeting.

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