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Thursday, 23 Jun 2016 18:48 EATsonindo@kenyafreepress.com
The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission has developed regulations to operationalize the Leadership and Integrity Act that was passed in 2012 to improve public sector governance. The leadership and integrity regulations 2015 were published in the Kenya gazette and are now functional after approval by the National Assembly on 11th February 2016.
The regulations limit the receipt of gifts by public officers on a public or official occasion and disposal and provide mechanisms and procedures for declaring conflict of interest, opening, maintaining and publicizing of registers and conflict of interest.
Government departments will be required to take disciplinary action against state and public officers who fail to declare gifts or those who receive gifts prohibited by the law.
Permissible gifts as provided by the EACC are non-monetary gifts whose value do not exceed Sh20,000. These may include promotional items that cannot be resold such as T-shirts. Among the impermissible gifts are: monetary gifts, gifts that may interfere with the integrity and performance of an officer and gifts such as jewelry, precious stones and metal, or animal parts protected by law such as ivory.
On transportation, storage and disposal of gifts, the regulations state that a public entity shall store and maintain any gift received in good condition until such time for its utility comes. Surrendered gifts shall be deemed to be public property.
Reports on gifts shall be made to the commission. At the close of every financial year, a public entity shall give the commission a report on all gifts received and those that were disposed of. This report shall be submitted to the commission within thirty days after the close of the financial year.
Sandra is a staff writer at the Kenya Free Press specializing in news, health and lifestyle coverage.