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The National Anti-Corruption Campaign Steering Committee (NACCSC) is established vide Kenya Gazette Notice No. 6707 dated 19th September, 2014. It is mandated to conduct a nationwide public education, sensitization and awareness creation campaign aimed at effecting fundamental changes in the attitude, behaviour, practices and culture of Kenyans towards corruption. The campaign is a preventive strategy to empower members of the public to shun corruption and take action whenever they come across it, including prevention.

NACCSC joins Kenyans and the rest of the world in marking the 2016 International Anti-Corruption Day, a day when the world reflects on the progress made in the fight against corruption. Corruption continues to be a major threat in the international arena as it forms the bedrock of drugs and human trade, money laundering and gross inequality. Locally, corruption is a threat to the achievement of Kenya’s development agenda contained in the Kenya Vision 2030. The Day is being marked against the backdrop of local media reports of increased corruption in the country in terms of the number of participants and the amounts involved. Indeed, billions of public funds are reportedly finding their way into the pockets of private individuals with alarming ease. The resultant political blame game does not help the situation either and offers no solutions to the rampant vice.  

The theme for this year’s celebrations “Fighting Corruption: Our Collective Responsibility” is very appropriate as it is in line with the NACCSC clarion call “Fighting Corruption, My Responsibility” which seeks to enjoin all Kenyans in the fight against corruption. It is imperative that every Kenyan knows that he or she has a role to play in the fight. On leadership, for example, electing leaders of integrity and holding them to account in the utilization of public resources is just but one of the roles that each one of us must play individually and collectively.

Given that corruption affects all sectors of the economy, including both the County and National levels of Government, NACCSC encourages all citizens to make it their individual business to get actively involved in the management of public affairs. Of necessity, all local community projects must have popularly elected Project Management Committees, the amounts of money allocated disclosed, the period of implementation clearly stated, and regular progress reports made to beneficiaries. This will foster local ownership of such projects, facilitate monitoring of the implementation and ensure corruption is minimalized thus safeguarding public funds and ensuring they are utilized as planned, as a corruption preventive measure.  

As the Public Institutions and agencies mandated to enforce different laws do their work, support by every Kenyan counts. Although corruption seems to benefit both the ‘giver’ and the ‘taker’, it is important to note that it takes away the human dignity. Kenyans should embrace positive values to enable them shun this deeply entrenched and retrogressive culture of corruption.  

Corruption being a moral issue mainly brought about by lack of integrity, NACCSC firmly believes that a change in Kenyans’ beliefs, attitude, culture and behaviour will bring about a drastic change in the fight against corruption. With this in mind, NACCSC has partnered with Religious Institutions under the Inter-Religious Council of Kenya to develop and implement a scripture-referenced anti-corruption campaign on various platforms to remind the Faithfuls that corruption is a sin. Given the huge population of Faithfuls in the country, these messages are expected to be heard far and wide, to bring about the much needed change in how corruption is viewed.

It is our appeal to all Kenyans to join the campaign and help fight corruption whenever they encounter it by speaking against it, refusing to be a participant – not to solicit, give or receive bribes and not to just watch as corruption takes place but report incidences to the appropriate authorities It is only when we individually and collectively do this that we can all ‘See Kenya through proud eyes’ and ‘Say NO to corruption!’