Increasing the Oversight Role in the Usage of Public Funds in Kenya
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The Corruption levels in Kenya are so pervasive, that the country’s president in 2016 referred to it as a national threat. From poor revenue recording, to unlawfully incurred expenditure and even funds that cannot be accounted for, the country is losing billions of dollars to corruption. Since independence, each president of Kenya has a scandal that can be associated with their reign and senior government officials are often involved with grand corruption cases. To date, no one is serving time for any of the grand corruption cases that cost the government millions of dollars and took away money that could have used towards development. This paper looks at the grand corruption scandals that have hit the country and the amount of money lost. It also addresses the actions that have been taken by the establishment of anti-corruption commissions in the country. In the background section, it addresses the current challenges that the country is facing through current corruption scandals in the country. This paper recommends a policy change geared towards increasing the oversight role of the Auditor General’s office, with the hope of reducing the grand corruption cases in the county, increasing accountability and catching fraud before it is too late.