EACC says numerous loopholes at the ports hinder operations

The Kenyan Ports’ of Entry have numerous loopholes that may lead to corrupt practices in the service delivery systems. This according to a report by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission following a survey conducted between march and may last year.According to the report which pointed out weaknesses in service delivery at the ports of entry, corruption was highlighted as one of the factors impacting negatively on the National Development. EACC CEO Halakhe Waqo says the commission will develop an implementation plan within four 4 weeks to avert corruption at the port.

Weaknesses highlighted by the report include insufficient security features on visas and insufficient verification of goods.

Others include failure to circulate import declaration forms before commencement of the verification exercise, poor complaint handling process and inability to collect all air passenger service charges from unscheduled flights.

According to the Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua the government will closely monitor the implementations of the recommendation contained in the report with a view of ensuring its full implementation. According to EACC Vice Chair, Sophia Lepuchirit, the commission will continue to implement the law in ensuring the country is safe from aliens who come through the ports entry

The report recommends that there be full and unwavering cooperation with all agencies performing different roles at entry ports if corruption at the report is to be a thing of the past