more about http://debbieschlussel.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-internal-pointers.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 115%;”>He said if not addressed, corruption may hinder the implementation if the Vision 2030 and other development goals.
In his remarks during the National Leadership and Integrity conference on Wednesday at Kenya School of monetary studies, Kenyatta said, “Ladies and Gentlemen, I wish to state very clearly today that my Government will not tolerate corrupt public officers.”
“I believe leadership and integrity are key components in the development of any society,” he emphasized.
This comes at a time when Government is restructuring the organization of the Government through its Vision 2030 its development blueprint aimed at transforming Kenya into a newly industrializing, middle-income country providing a high quality life to all its citizens.
“I believe leadership and integrity will improve governance in our country to a higher level,” said Kenyatta.
He however, noted that although the country is blessed with rich natural resources, relatively developed infrastructure, educated and hardworking workforce, they cannot achieve the vision 2030 goal without eradicating corruption.
“Kenyans must, therefore, be vigilant on how public resources are used in order for us to ensure our development goals are achieved as envisaged,” he said.
Kenyatta has therefore undertaken various measures geared towards strengthening the legal and institutional framework to fight corruption and improve governance.
Some of these reforms include the enactment of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission Act, 2011, and the Leadership and Integrity Act, 2012, among others.
The country has also adopted a new Constitution which is very clear on matters of integrity and governance and which obliges state officers to carry out their duties efficiently and effectively, while demanding that government activities be transparent, responsible and accountable.
Kenyatta noted that in spite of the progress made in the fight against corruption, it still remains rife in public institutions and much more remains to be done.
“I remind all public officers that the authority assigned to them is a public trust. All public officers have a responsibility to serve the people, rather than themselves. I expect all public officers to abide by the guiding principles of leadership and integrity.”
He gave principles to ensure such as selection on the basis of personal integrity, competence and suitability; selfless service based solely on public interest; accountability to the public for decisions and actions; and discipline and commitment in service to the people.
Kenyatta assured Kenyans that his government is committed to cleaning the public service to ensure offices are manned by men and women of integrity.
He reiterated that public resource wastage cannot and will not be tolerated. “Public resources should be allocated according to policy priorities and all public institutions should ensure efficient spending and value for money.”
To be effective in fighting corruption, Kenyatta also called upon the anti-corruption agencies to map all key services that are demanded by wananchi on regular basis and to identify ministries and departments that are high up in the corruption index and where willingness to change is minimal.
“As we do our part as Government, it must not be forgotten that corruption is a multifaceted phenomenon which requires to be addressed by multiple actors.”
He appealed to the private sector, professional organizations, media, the civil society and all Kenyans, to work together in a concerted manner and fight against corruption.
“Let us all move beyond the practice of decrying the prevalence of corruption within Government and join hands in doing what each one of us can do to eradicate this vice from our society,” he said.