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Kenya has in recent weeks hit international headlines on account of corruption. Locally, there have been reports of cases of corruption, ranging from theft of public funds, cheating in National Examinations, public procurement of goods and services and tax evasion, among many others. This has tainted our image as the limelight is shone on us. This situation is not conducive for economic growth and reduction of poverty as corruption denies ordinary Kenyans access to basic services such as health care, food security, peace and quality education. It is not tenable and must be urgently reversed.

 


While the reports may have emanated mainly from the Kenyan media, it is important to note that corruption is a crime with international concern and the fight, therefore, cannot be left to the anti-corruption agencies alone. The three arms of the Government namely the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary must play their respective roles. Specifically, the Executive must conduct speedy but thorough investigations, zealously prosecute corruption cases and recover the corruptly-acquired assets. It should prioritize the effort to also undertake preventive measures to save on the resources that are lost in the first place, not to mention the funds expended in running after the corrupt individuals.
On its part, the Judiciary should purpose to adjudicate all corruption cases and conclude them expeditiously as per public expectations. The Legislature should also continue to provide the requisite legal framework for fighting corruption and intensify its oversight role on public expenditure. There is no better place to start than the Auditor General’s reports which seriously indicts Government Ministries, Counties, Departments and Agencies on use of public funds.


All leaders are expected to lead from the front in the fight against corruption. In this way they live up to public expectations. So far, some leaders have unfortunately taken up opposing positions based on their political affiliations and, to that, extent they have failed Kenyans on a serious matter like corruption.
NACCSC recognizes the crucial role the Kenyan media continues to play in exposing corruption, informing and educating Kenyans on various matters. We encourage them to keep up the good work. Corruption is a criminal offence committed by individuals and not by family, political parties or ethnic groups.


We recognize that the fight against corruption is an individual responsibility, and it is only after, that we can come together and rise up against the vice.
While the Constitution of Kenya has put in place various Institutions and the necessary legal framework, the public also has a major role to play in fighting corruption. Within their spheres of influence, they must ‘say NO to corruption’. In this regard, the public should stop ‘fueling’ the vice and start preventing it from happening. We call upon the public to shun corruption, and avoid ‘cheering’ the corrupt as they become more bold and steal more from the public.
NACCSC will continue working with all stakeholders in the fight against corruption. We will continue to encourage Kenyans to change their attitude and behaviour towards corruption, and urge them to take specific actions, key among them, reporting all corruption deals, recording statements with Investigative Authorities, and adducing evidence in Courts of Law against suspects whenever called upon to do so.
Most importantly, Kenyans should prevent corruption in publicly-funded projects and programmes that are implemented within their localities by demanding participation and having duly constituted Project Management Committees in place.
It is our belief as NACCSC that Kenyans should embrace and practice National Values like patriotism, transparency and accountability, as a way of ultimately effecting change in our attitudes, behaviour practices and culture towards corruption. We must stop glorifying the corrupt by not electing them into public offices and, instead, elect people of integrity and impeccable credentials. Even after electing them into positions of responsibility, the public should continuously hold them to account.
We support the Government’s recent call for life style audits for Kenya Revenue Authority officials, and ask that the same be extended to all State and Public Officers. The Wealth Declaration exercise by Public Servants should be taken seriously and the responsible Commissions scrutinize and verify the information provided with the view to taking appropriate action where anomalies are detected. We also call on those Institutions that are mandated to fight corruption to be strengthened and provided with resources to enable them decentralize their services to the grassroots where corruption is ravaging the public.
While the task may look herculean and enormous, almost impossible to deal with, the fact is that corruption has been dealt with and brought to manageable levels in other Countries. Even us Kenyans, can successfully fight corruption if we seriously mean to work together. Let us tame greed and insatiable appetite for public resources.
Archbishop Eliud Wabukala
CHAIRMAN