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President Uhuru Kenyatta shares a light moment with the former chairperson of NACCSC Arch. Eliud Wabukala

 

President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged Kenyans not to glorify stolen wealth. He noted that glorifying thieves drove people to steal public funds hence depriving wananchi of essential services.

The President said this when he addressed the first ever national anti-corruption conference that was held at Bomas of Kenya. He challenged Kenyans to redeem their values, cultures and traditions that have been sacrificed at the altar of materialism and impeded socio-economic development.

He noted that corruption is a cancer that had eaten the fabric of our society and affected every aspect of our life. He termed it a national security threat that was affecting the foundation of equity and prosperity of our children.

He sent a strong message to the corruption cartels warning them they will run but they will not hide. He was optimistic that the fight against corruption will be won and appealed to all Kenyans to work together to eliminate this vice.

He urged the Judiciary to stop issuing injunctions to suspects hence giving them a chance to destroy evidence and intimidate witnesses. He appealed to them to deeply reflect and correct areas of weaknesses in the judicial system.

The President directed the AG to draft a bill to address conflict of interest and prevalent unintended consequences that arose from the Ndegwa Report of 1971. This is intended to bar civil servants from running businesses while at the same time working in public service. They will be required to choose between serving the public and doing business.

He also instructed the Ministry of Transport to establish a national driving school to streamline training in the sector as is the case with the other transport sectors.

The two day national conference was organized by the multi sectoral initiative against corruption and was addressed by key stakeholders in the governance, law and enforcement institutions, private sector, religious leaders, youth, women, and the academia among others. It was organized to bring leaders together to have a unified fight against corruption.

Some of the dignitaries who attended the national conference included; the Deputy President William Ruto, Chief Justice David Maraga, Rt Hon. Raila Odinga, Attorney General Paul Kihara, Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government Fred Matiang’i, EACC CEO, Twalib Abdallah Mbarak, DPP Noordin Haji, DCI George Kinoti, Muthoni Kimani of Asset Recovery Agency among others.