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Moses Kuria’s controversial comments spark debate on procurement ethics

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has issued a stern warning to public institutions and officials regarding the procurement of goods and services.

This is in response to recent comments made by Trade Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria.

Speaking in Embu on Sunday, Kuria said, “I want to say to the Nation Media, you have to choose whether you are a newspaper, a broadcaster or an opposition party. From today, not even tomorrow, if any government department advertises with Nation Media, know that you are on your way home.”

In a statement issued on Monday, June 19, 2023, the EACC emphasised the importance of adhering to proper procurement practices in the management of public affairs.

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According to the EACC, no person or organisation should be denied the opportunity to participate in a public procurement process, except as permitted by law.

In addition, public institutions and officials must not be subjected to victimisation for engaging in lawful transactions with any organisation, including the award of tenders.

“The Commission advises all state and public officials to strictly comply with the laws governing the conduct of public affairs, including the requirements set out in Chapter Six of the Constitution and the Leadership and Integrity Act, 2012,” said Twalib Mbarak, the Secretary/Chief Executive Officer of the EACC.

This advisory reminds all public institutions and officials of their responsibility to uphold the highest ethical standards in their procurement processes.

The EACC’s mandate includes providing guidance on ethical practices and ensuring that corruption and favouritism are eliminated from public procurement.

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Kuria appeared to be responding to an investigative report published by NMG over the weekend, which revealed an alleged oil scandal allegedly orchestrated within his ministry that cost the taxpayer about Sh5.6 billion.

However, his comments received a mixed response from the Kenyan public, with many expressing their discontent.

Many people criticised the Cabinet Secretary, suggesting he was “drunk” with power.

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