Kenyatta: Corruption Is A Cancer We Must Fight


physician geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Speaking during the launch at Kenyatta International Convention Centre, cialis 40mg the President urged all Kenyans to join hands in eradicating graft by embracing integrity.

“Corruption is to the economy and the nation at large what cancer is to the human body. It disgraces and debases a nation. Therefore, corruption must go,” the President said.

President Kenyatta emphasised that the Jubilee Government will do everything it can to aid the fight against corruption.

He directed the Attorney General and the Department of Justice, the National Treasury and the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to develop a comprehensive national ethics and anti-corruption policy, as a key pillar of the country’s development agenda by the end of December 2014.

As part of their task, the President said those charged with the development of the anti-corruption policy will develop, within the same timeframe, proposals for the review and strengthening of the anti corruption and ethics legal framework in line with the country’s
medium term priorities.

“This strategy should go to the root of our society. This I say because, I am more than convinced to win this war, we must start from the
beginning, we must start with young people at the kindergarten level, and build on them from scratch,” the President said.

Following his instruction to anti-corruption agencies to map out key services used by citizens on a regular basis and to identify ministries
and departments that top in the corruption index, the President commended the Ethics and Anti-Corruption (EACC) for developing rankings and baseline data across public institutions and counties.

“This information is not only valuable but it will form the benchmark against which to measure the progress of the national and the county governments’ efforts to fight corruption and related malpractices,” the President said.

He observed that relying on foreign standards and studies for corruption rankings failed to take account of Kenyans’ unique circumstances, adding that the new metrics developed by EACC promised to be a vital change in the understanding of the corruption incidence.

“Today, for the first time, we have a clear picture of the nature and distribution of corruption in the public sphere. All public institutions are directed to take a very keen interest in these rankings,” he said.

The President asked all public institutions to work closely with the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to deal swiftly with corruption and its attendant malpractices.

He assured that the EACC of Government’s support as it establishes itself in each county.

“In coming closer to Kenyans, the Commission will be able to respond efficiently and in a timely manner to corruption; it will be better placed to disrupt, deter and prevent these practices,” he said.

Noting that mega corruption has transnational aspects, the President said during his tenure as the Chair of the East African Community, he will
mobilize his colleagues to ensure the EAC Protocol on Combating and Preventing Corruption, is signed and ratified by each member state.

He said the Jubilee Government is ready to introduce further reforms to strengthen governance and to fight corruption and economic crime.

“We remain determined to protect public resources, and to use them prudently and for the purposes for which they are intended,” he said.

“Let me be clear on this matter: my Government simply will not tolerate corruption. It is our duty to protect and defend the resources entrusted to us by the Kenyan people.”

As part of the efforts to fight corruption, the President said he launched the corruption reporting website at State House – to ease the reporting and investigation of corruption. He said 10 reports made through the website have been forwarded to the Commission for investigation.

The President appealed to Kenyans to follow that example and report corruption and violation of codes of conduct to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission.

Speaking during the function, Deputy President William Ruto said the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission Strategic Plan will complement the development efforts of Jubilee Government.

The Deputy President said the roadmap and bench marks set by strategic plan will transform Kenya by following up cases of mismanagement and fraud up to the county levels to curb wastage that undermine the transformative agenda.

Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission Chairman, Mumo Matemu, said his commission has scaled up the war against graft and recently recovered parcels of public land in Mombasa, Nairobi and other areas valued at Kshs 5.5bn.


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