A two-day workshop attended by Kenya Pipeline Managers ended with a rallying call to champion ethics and integrity in the Company.
The managers resolved to concertedly lead by example and inculcate the desired values in the organization as well as to reverse the adverse public image that results from the perception of KPC as a corrupt company.
The workshop, facilitated by officers from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, was held at Morendat Training and Conference Center, Naivasha on 14th and 15th September 2021.
While officially opening the workshop, KPC Managing Director Dr. Macharia Irungu urged the Managers to do the right thing while executing their duties and be proud to play their part in building a solid legacy for future generations.
“We will continue to put in place systems to seal loopholes and eliminate inefficiencies, and this will help us improve our bottom line. We have built a lot of trust among stakeholders, and we are now seeing positive stories in the Media about the company. This is a continuous process that we are committed to pursuing. Individual behavior is at the epicenter of ethics and integrity. Culture change is a must, and it starts with this team here,” Dr. Macharia added
He encouraged employees to report irregularities adding that all staff will undergo the Ethics and Integrity training to be conducted by ethics and anti-corruption officers. Executive Management had been trained earlier on.
Dr. Macharia vowed to align reward to ethical behavior as well as to build a strong sense of values among members of staff. He challenged KPC staff to develop a collective responsibility in the fight against corruption, adding that elimination of corruption can only be achieved through collaborative efforts and holding each other accountable. He added that there is strong goodwill and support from the Leadership in the organization.
EACC’s Education Public Awareness Officer, Mohamud Mohamed said corruption can only be eradicated by improving and putting in place the right governance systems.
“Governance risks can have an adverse effect on a company. The only solution is to do the right thing. We need to understand, conceptualize what corruption is all about. We need to relate corruption to our decisions; how they contribute to corruption or fraud. All we need to do is make the right decisions,” he added.
Sharing the 2020 Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) Survey findings, he said 34% of economic crimes and fraud are perpetrated by middle level management. 31% are by operations staff while senior management account for 26%.
EACC Senior Officer Solomon Atela said the survey infers that economic crime in Kenya stood at 56% against the global average of 47%. He said it is estimated that Kenya loses more than 500 billion each year to corruption and that those aged between 24-35 years perceived to be the most corrupt in the country.
CORRUPTION PREVENTION STRATEGIES
1. Corruption prevention Policy.
2. Whistle blowing Mechanism
3. Control systems – Segregation of duties, Strong Internal Audit Dept, CCTV cameras etc.
4. Gift and conflict of interest registers
5. Code of Conduct
6. Asset /Wealth Declaration
7. Customer Service Charters
8. Corruption reporting channels
9. Procedures, guidelines manuals
10. Change management programs
11. Corruption Risk Assessment and management framework/systems reviews or Audit.
12. Integrity Committee and Integrity Assurance.
13. Performance Contracting – Corruption Eradication Indicator.