Kenyan President orders top officials to take lie-detector tests in corruption crackdown

Kenya President  Uhuru Kenyatta describes corruption as one of the main challenges facing the nation, and is urging citizens to join him in the fight.

(CNN)Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta is ordering top procurement officials in government offices to undergo lie-detector tests as part of a corruption crackdown following a series of scandals.

Kenyatta's announcement Friday comes after nearly 9 billion Kenya shillings ( $90 million) vanished from the National Youth Service, a government agency that provides training opportunities for young people.
It later emerged that the funds were allegedly stolen through fake invoices for services that were never rendered. Dozens of people have been arrested and are facing charges over the alleged theft.
    Kenyatta said people running government institutions will undergo the new tests to safeguard against "selfishness and greed."
    "All heads of procurement and accounts in government ministries, departments, agencies and parastatals will undergo fresh vetting including polygraph testing, to determine their integrity and suitability," he said.
    The tests will be concluded before the start of the next financial year, and those who fail will be suspended, he said. The government's fiscal year starts in July.
    "You will hear of other tougher actions in the days to come," Kenyatta said.