Public Service Commission Directs All Govt Employees to Declare Wealth Within 2 Months

Public Service Commission offices (Undated)
Public Service Commission offices (Undated)
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The Public Service Commission (PSC) has asked all state employees to declare their wealth before the end of the year.

In a letter dated October 18 and signed by the Commission's Chief Executive Simon Rotich, PSC noted that the employees will be expected to declare their wealth between November 1 and December 31.

The CEO sent the letter to all Principal Secretaries directing them to avail the prescribed declaration forms in A3 paper format to all the public officers in their ministries and organisations.

Leaders of other organisations copied in the letter were the Attorney General, all Chief Executive Officers of State Corporations, all Chief Executive Officers of Statutory Commissions and Authorities as well as all Principals of Technical and Vocational Education and Training Colleges (TVETs).

PSC Chief Executive Officer Simon Rotich
PSC Chief Executive Officer Simon Rotich.

"All public officers in your institution have a personal responsibility to comply and must therefore submit their complete and accurate every two-year declarations of themselves, spouse(s), and dependent children below the age of 18 years on or before December 31, 2023," read the letter in part.

"Officers designated to administer the process in the public organizations are advised to ensure that the returns to the Commission are correct and complete before the submission in order to reduce the likelihood of the declaration forms being rejected and returned to the declarants."

The directive affects all government employees including those on leave, engaged in overseas engagements (studies, travel, and studies) as well as those on suspension or facing interdictions.

The commission further directed the organisation to enforce disciplinary proceedings for cases of non-compliance from January 2, 2024.

PSC's new directive is in line with standard government procedures requiring state officers to declare their wealth every two years.

To handle the volume of submissions, the commission undertook a virtual training of the heads of human resource management from all public institutions.

"Each public officer takes personal responsibility for the completeness and accuracy of the information submitted to the commission," read an earlier media advertisement.

Those who fail to declare their wealth or give false information, risk a jail term of up to one year or Ksh1 million fine.

The directive comes days after Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) cautioned state officers against operating offshore bank accounts in a move geared at preventing stashing proceeds of corruption in foreign bank accounts.

EACC Chief Executive Twalib Mbarak reminded state officers that they risk being fined Ksh5 million, a prison sentence of 5 years, or both.

Public Service Commission (PSC) office in Nairobi.
Public Service Commission (PSC) offices in Nairobi.
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