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Thursday, 08 Dec 2016 13:17 EAT
The International Anti-Corruption Day will be celebrated tomorrow as Jubilee government appears reluctant in the fight against the vice. President Kenyatta in a speech to an audience attending a corruption summit at State House mid-October this year admitted frustration he was going through in fighting graft and blamed it on agencies and institutions such as Judiciary, Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) among others.
However the President’s statement met criticism with Cord leader Raila Odinga accusing him of sleeping on the job in the fight against graft. Mr Odinga painted a grim picture of the country’s anti-graft campaign, saying it was apparent that the institutions that are supposed to tackle the vice had failed.
Civil society organisations which have played an oversight role in the fight against corruption last year marked the day by awarding commendations to individuals and institutions who have put themselves in the line of fire in the struggle for integrity in Kenya.
Those awarded were Catherine Waithera Gicheru, Francis Kahiro Mwangi, Sr. Mary Killeen and Lucy Nyambura Ng'ang'a in the individual category as well as the National Land Commission and the Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG) in the institutional category.
The civil society organisations, under the National Integrity Alliance banner, consists of Transparency International Kenya, the Association of Citizens Against Corruption, Associate Director, Society for International Development, and Angaza Writers.
According to a statement posted on United Nations Website, the Theme of 2016 International Anti-Corruption Day is: United against corruption for development, peace and security. "On International Anti-corruption Day, let us reaffirm our commitment to ending the deceit and dishonesty that threaten the 2030 Agenda and our efforts to achieve peace and prosperity for all on a healthy planet." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon is quoted saying.
The 2016 joint international campaign focuses on corruption as one of the biggest impediments to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Every year $1 trillion is paid in bribes while an estimated $2.6 trillion are stolen annually through corruption – a sum equivalent to more than 5 per cent of the global GDP. In developing countries, according to the United Nations Development Programme, funds lost to corruption are estimated at 10 times the amount of official development assistance.
Corruption is a serious crime that can undermine social and economic development in all societies. No country, region or community is immune. This year United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and United Nations Development Program (UNDP) have developed a joint global campaign, focusing on how corruption affects education, health, justice, democracy, prosperity and development.