FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION IN KENYA

According to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, Kenya is losing an estimated Kshs 608.0 bn (7.8% of Kenya’s GDP) to corruption annually. Reduced corruption is therefore crucial for the Country’s development.  Sustainable Development Goal 16 advocates for justice and strong institutions as essential elements to every democratic society, targets 16.3 and 16.5 aim to Promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all, and substantially reduce corruption and bribery. The Sustainable Development Goals are consistent with Kenya’s primary development blueprint, the Kenya Vision 2030, and President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big 4 Development Agenda which Kenya has affirmed.

It is evidenced that corruption is a menace, a yoke of bondage for the country and a culture that should be critically addressed. The past generations are flowing in the currents of corruption hence it is important to make a change starting with the future/ younger generation. Kenya has anti-corruption legislation dating back to 1956; The Prevention of Corruption Act (Cap. 65)”. which was in operation from August 1956 to May 2003 when the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act, No 3 became operational.

CORRUPTION IS A MENACE

The culture of corruption has grown roots in Kenyan society at large and become endemic. Institutions, which were designed for the regulation of the relationships between citizens and the State, are being used instead for the personal enrichment of public officials (politicians and bureaucrats) and other corrupt private agents (individuals, groups, and businesses).

 The primary cause of corruption in Kenya is related to a societal state of being whereby the basic Institutions that underpin and support the rule of law and good governance has been deliberately undermined to the point that they no longer uphold the rule of law or act in the best interest of the nation. Corruption persists primarily because there are people in power who benefit from it and the existing governance institutions lack both the will and capacity to stop them from doing so.

 

 

[1] https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/406346/corruption-evidence-paper-why-corruption-matters.pdf

[2] Fight against corruption in Kenyahttps://www.cytonn.com/topicals/the-fight-against-corruption-in-kenyayet-another-chapter

[3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corruption_in_Kenyahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corruption_in_Kenya

OUR APPROACH IN THE FIGHT

Forum for African Women Educationist Kenya (FAWEK) in partnership with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung’s Rule of Law Program for Sub Saharan (Anglophone) Africa will seek to contribute to the fight against corruption by incorporating the participation of the children and young people of Kenya in the national contest through essays and art competition with the aim of assessing their feeling and knowledge of corruption and its harm in the society citing out possible mitigation measures. By doing this we will be inculcating ethical values and raising awareness on corruption. The children will therefore be able to participate effectively and express themselves on the effect of corruption as a long-term strategy to combating corruption in the country.  In a nutshell, the two organizations will be promoting citizen’s participation and encouraging the values of integrity, accountability, and transparency are crucial components of fighting corruption.

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