The government will continue to collaborate with various national anti-corruption institutions to scale up behavioural change campaign among Kenyans towards reporting and eradicating corruption in the country.The assurance was given by the Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki during a meeting with members of the National Anti-Corruption Campaign Steering Committee (NACCSC), led by its Chairman, retired ACK Arch Bishop Eliud Wabukala at her office in Harambee House on Wednesday.

The meeting, convened at the request by the National Anti-Corruption Campaign Steering Committee, explored ways in which NACCSC and the Ministry could collaborate in sensitising and creating awareness amongst the youth and women.

This will help them actively participate in the fight against the vice. Arch-Bishop Wabukala pointed out the need to engage idle youths to be agents of change in creating awareness on the need to report cases of corruption to relevant authorities.

He said his Committee has established and operationalised County Anti-Corruption Civilian Oversight Committees in 22 counties to educate residents on the need to play their role rightfully in eliminating graft.

In response, CS Kariuki said her Ministry would continue collaborating with the NACCSC within the laid down frame work to ensure optimised operations. “We in the National Government will always continue working with anti-corruption institutions to end corrupt practices and also implement our pledges to our citizens,” CS Kariuki said.

As a way forward, it was agreed that the NACCSC shares its Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the National Youth Council and also their Strategic Plan for the Ministry to come up with modalities to join the initiative.

The National Anti-Corruption Campaign Steering Committee was established in 2004. It was mandated to carry out a nationwide public education, sensitisation and awareness creation campaign against corruption.

The Committee is also seeking to forge partnership with county governments to facilitate formulation and implementation of the anti-corruption campaigns and to rally public support at the grassroots level.

The event was attended by NACCSC Vice-Chairperson Ms Jessie Mutura, members and senior Ministry officials. (By Rogers Muthama