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United in theft: How county officers siphon public funds - 9 months ago, 24 June 00:05

Daniel Wesangula

?Since 2013, Kenya has spent more than Sh1 trillion on devolution, an ambitious pro-people initiative initially meant to take development down to millions starved of progress by a centralised, score-settling governance system.

However, five years later, devolution has proven a poisoned chalice some Kenyans continue to drink from. Some counties have become the new operating havens of corruption for governors and a litany of their followers.

Billions of public funds end up in the pockets of a few, newly wealthy individuals. Data from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) ties a number of former and current governors to the wanton plunder.

Throughout the country, governors, speakers, clerks and MCAs continue to collude to steal as much as they can from public coffers. Agencies charged with investigating, arresting or prosecuting the corrupt often form a large part of this narrative.

Of these cases, a curious ...
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