Transparency International calls for openness, accountability in Covid-19 funds use

TI (Kenya)

An anti-corruption watchdog has called out the government over recent allegations on misappropriation of funds meant for Covid-19 response.

Transparency International (TI) Kenya, in a lengthy media statement, listed a raft of recommendations to ensure effective utilization of funds  budgeted for pandemic management initiatives.

The government has attracted widespread criticism over its management of Covid-19 funds after reports emerged alleging gross misappropriation of monies allocated to personal protective equipment (PPE) and other components used in the fight against coronavirus.

The allegations invvolved claims of single sourcing, inflated pricing and possible cronyism in the award of tenders for varied pandemic products.

In its recommendations, TI (Kenya) urged the government to ensure transparency and accountability in all public procurement processes.

Further, the watchdog urged an appraised mechanism by Kenyan Bureau of Standards (KEBS) of assuring quality in products procured by the government.

The agency also called on the government to eliminate all existing barriers in access to public information.

Observation of human rights, promotion of integrity in leadership, proper planning and coordination, social protection and effective investigations equally featured in the recommendation list . 

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