A Bill that was sponsored by Jubilee Party's nominated Senator, Farhiya Ali Haji, is seeking to make lifestyle audit mandatory for the President, Deputy President, and other state officers.
The Lifestyle Audit Bill (Senate Bill No.36 of 2021) is also aiming at putting in place a legal framework for understanding lifestyle audits and grounds upon which they can be initiated and executed.
The Bill clearly illustrates that, a state officer will be prosecuted if there are reasons to believe that he or she is living beyond the lawfully obtained and reported income earned from the government.
The Bill further states that public officers who are unable to account for their source of income will also be liable for investigation and prosecution by the ODPP.
State officers will be held responsible for the misappropriation of funds within their areas of jurisdiction with those found to have misappropriated funds under their care and trust being charged.
Members of the public will be part of initiating audits on state officers by lodging complaints to the EACC if they have a reason to believe that a person holds an unexplained wealth of a public officer.
The Bill states that where the commission intends to conduct a lifestyle audit, it will apply for a search warrant against the public officer from the High Court with an exception being made if there are reasonable grounds to believe that evidence may be removed or destroyed.
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