Interior CS Fred Matiang’i has challenged the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) to help in the fight against corruption.
Speaking in Mombasa during the opening of the 39th annual conference for accountants, Matiang’i said corruption will keep on thriving if professionals do not act against it.
“How are we going to fight poverty if we are not fighting corruption ?… We all look forward to a day when ICPAK will buy space in the papers and publish the names of the accountants they are removing from their roles and membership on account of ‘cooking books’,” Matiang’i said.
He urged the ICPAK chairperson George Mokua to take action against the 18 accountants accused of corruption in the public sector.
He added that the financial issues that the Controller of Budget Margaret Nyakongo, has faced in the county governments are caused by accountants.
“I think if you resolve as financial professionals that you will stand up for your country and the protection of its resources, we will do much better than we have in the past,” he said.
Matiang’i assured the accountants that they will be fully protected by the law against retaliation by employers or clients in the event that they expose corruption-related cases.
The CS said it is the role of everyone, including the ICPAK to protect Kenya’s deployment and usage of resources adding that their misuse is a breach of national security.
Matiang’i pleaded with financial institutes to make good with government agencies to help fight corruption and resource misuse.
“The institutional partnership will ensure that every decision made and every resource deployed, is done so in a strategic manner,” the CS said.
The Auditor-General Nancy Gathugu was in attendance including the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) CEO Edwin Makori.