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Participants in AICD 2019 in Makueni
Ag. Director NACCSC Mr. David Gathii giving a speech during 2019 AICD in Makueni County

The National Anti- Corruption Campaign Steering Committee (NACCSC) actively participated in events to mark this years’ International Anti-Corruption Day (IACD) national celebrations that were held in Makueni County.

Ag. Director, David Gathii who represented the Hon. Attorney General, Kihara Kariuki addressed dignitaries and members of the public who turned up for the event that was held at Unoa Grounds in Wote.

In his address, he observed that as a country, we have made tremendous progress in the fight against corruption in the last 16 years as characterized by the robust legal framework, strengthened anti-corruption agencies and a citizenry that is fully aware of the vice.  He noted that the law enforcement agencies working under the framework of Multi Agency Team (MAT) and which is chaired by the Hon. Attorney General, have investigated and taken to court many corruption cases, some involving very high profile people, recovered stolen assets and disrupted numerous deals saving the public billions of shillings that would have been lost through corruption.

He noted that in a study report released last month by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, only 5.6% of the citizens who witnessed acts of corruption took action by reporting while 56.5% were either waiting for an opportunity to engage or had actually participated in corruption. This, he said, did not augur well for the fight against corruption and called for a change of mindset by citizens to recognize that corruption is actually theft. He cautioned citizens against rallying around corruption suspects and urged them to desist from escorting them to record statements or in courts of law to answer charges.

As part of their preventive role, Gathii challenged citizens to take interest in public projects implemented in their communities and demand total involvement in identification, prioritization and implementation, demand for information on amounts of funds allocated, sources, duration of implementation and a duly elected project management committee.

He lauded the County Government of Makueni  for ensuring that projects have functional project management committees duly elected by the beneficiaries and for ensuring that the contractors cannot be paid for work done unless and until citizens approve payment.

He expressed satisfaction that if citizens took their rightful role of actively participating in implementation of public/community projects and demanding accountability and transparency, then corruption will be a thing of the past and the country will realize tremendous gains in all sectors of the economy. 

The theme for this years’ event is “We are united against corruption for sustainable development”.

The national event was attended by the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology, Joe Mucheru who represented the President, Governor, Makueni County Government Prof. Kivutha Kibwana, Government Spokesperson Col. Rtd. Cyrus Oguna, Chairperson, Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission Arch. Eliud Wabukala, Speaker, Makueni County Assembly Douglas Mbilu, County Commissioner Maalim Mohammed, MCAs, EACC Commissioners among others.