NAIROBI, KENYA, AUGUST 8 ― Kenya will tomorrow August 9, take the fight against corruption to a new level with the launch of a multi-sectoral anti-corruption initiative.
Dubbed “Movement Against Corruption,” the initiative will bring together the government, private sector and foreign envoys to forge a way forward on initiatives to fight corruption in the country.
“The various sectors have come together to have a unified effort to fight corruption under the Multi-sectoral Forum under the banner of “Anti-Corruption” Initiative,” the Kenya Private Sector Alliance(Kepsa) said in a communiqué ahead of the launch.
“This compliments the ongoing efforts by the Government against corruption, which has undermined our economy and socio development,” said Lee Karuri, Chairman Kepsa Foundation.
Key speakers at the event will include Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission chairman Archbishop Eliud Wabukhala, US Ambassador Bob Godec, Nation Media Group chairman Wilfred Kiboro and the Inter-Religious Council chairman Father Joseph Mutie.
Sectors represented in the initiative include the private sector, youth, religious platform, women, media, diaspora, professionals, persons living with disability and the civil society.
The movement against corruption comes at a time when President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government has renewed its efforts to fight corruption in the country.
Top government officials and key personalities (including former government officials) have been arrested and arraigned in court in an ongoing crackdown.
Corruption in the post-colonial Kenya has a history which spans the era of the founding President Jomo Kenyatta, Daniel Arap Moi(KANU era) to the times of former President Mwai Kibaki’s government.
The vice has spilled over to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s regime with the head of state recently warning that corruption could derail his ambitious Big Four plan, vowing to fight it to the latter.
Last month, the President talked tough on corruption saying the vice could completely destroy the country.
The president has put on notice those engaging in the vice saying their time was up, warning culprits will face justice.
“We must address the real elephant in the room. We must say enough is enough for the country to move forward”, said President Kenyatta during a meeting with the private sector at the 8th Presidential Round Table Forum at State House.
The forum brought together both government and partners from the private sector under the umbrella of the Kepsa.
The President called for a multi-sectoral approach to deal with corruption incorporating the private and public sectors as well as the judiciary and the legislature.
“We must clean and move the country forward,” he said adding “I have had an opportunity to work with wonderful and dedicated men and women full of integrity. But some are not prepared to change.”
Transparency International (TI) latest index shows the country was ranked 143 out of 180 countries sampled.
A series of recent scandals in government have rattled President Kenyatta who has come out guns blazing to fight the vice which is threatening his development agenda and the future of the country.
Most recent graft cases include the Ksh9 billion National Youth Service scandal which was a second major occurrence at the organization after Ksh791 million was reported embezzled in 2016.
Others are the National Cereals and Produce Board Ksh1.9 Billion scandal, Afya House scandal(Ksh 5 billion) Mwea Irrigation and Galana Scheme scandal (Ksh7 billion) and the Chickengate scandal (Ksh 59 million) among a series of many.
Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Noordin Haji has in the recent past set the record clear on his office’s commitment to fight corruption as major arrests continue to be made in the country.