WEALTH DECLARATION EXERCISE FOR COUNTY STAFF COMMENCES IN TURKANA

WEALTH DECLARATION EXERCISE FOR COUNTY STAFF COMMENCES IN TURKANA

All the 3900 employees of the County Government of Turkana will be required to declare their wealth through the Public Service Board.
The responsibility of managing the administration and reporting of the declaration of wealth process in the county is bestowed upon the Public Service Board as a responsible commission.
This was recommended by both the Public Service Commission and the EACC of Kenya.
The chair of the Board’s sub-committee on governance and compliance, Edward Losinyono, has said, “The exercise begins officially tomorrow on 1st November 2023. The teams will be traveling to sub-counties for sensitization and distribution of forms. In December 2023, the exercise is expected to be completed.”
He added that declaration of wealth is a statutory requirement as outlined by the Public Officers Ethics Act (POEA) 2003, Leadership and Integrity Act 2016 (LIA), and Articles 10 and 232 of the Constitution of Kenya 2010.
Losinyono continued to say, “The sensitization and forms distribution will be done for 10 days from 1st to 10th November 2023 at the Sub-counties. The selected locations earmarked for the exercise include; health facilities, ward administrators’ offices, and other strategic locations.
The chair of the committee has called on all staff to comply to avoid dire consequences of non-compliance.
Later, the final report will be submitted to the EACC and the Public Service Commission.
During the last wealth declaration exercise in 2021, Losinyono confirmed 321 employees were non-compliant and he said, their names were submitted to the relevant authorities for necessary action.
The Human Resources in charge of the Board, Joseph Ngatotin revealed the plans to undertake the sensitization and distribution of the DIAL forms are ready.
He said the Board will reach out to all employees in County headquarters, sub-county, and all the wards across the County.
Ngatotin stated that the Board has already equipped its staff with the necessary knowledge to guide the staff through the process and help them fill out the forms correctly.
He clarified that the forms will require staff to provide an explanation with respect to their income, assets, and liabilities over the last two years.
The exercise is a routine undertaking by the Service Board once every two years, with provisions for filling of wealth returns on job entry and exit.
Von Willy Etiir (Board Member) and all the staff of the Board were present.

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