Tue. Sep 17th, 2019

Give more resources to win war against graft, government urged

Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi (right) receives tokens of appreciation from the Maendeleo ya Wanawake national chairlady Rahab Muiu (centre) and the National Anti-Corruption Campaign Steering Committee chairperson Dr Al-hajji Adan Wachu when they visited him at his Kilifi office on June 19, 2019 Image: Courtesy

BY MWAKERA MWAJEFA

The national government has been challenged to allocate more resources to the National Anti-Corruption Campaign Steering Committee to enable it fight graft through attitude and behavioural change.

Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi, speaking at his boardroom on June 19, 2019, expressed concern the corruption war could not be won without first changing the behavioural aspects of Kenyans.

He noted that the meagre resources allocated to the committee charged with the responsibility of sensitizing Kenyans on the effects of corruption was too little to have the desired impact.

“The war against corruption will be won through behavior change through a campaign that will be spread throughout the country,” he said.

Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi shares a word with Dr Al-hajji Adan Wachu, chairperson of the National Anti-Corruption Campaign Steering Committee, when he paid a courtesy call at his Kilifi office on June 19, 2019
Image: Courtesy

BUDGET

The committee has a budget of Kshs110million annually for all the 47 counties.

The governor urged the government to relook the fight against corruption by focusing more on preventive measures.

“This can be achieved through a robust campaign that will involve every Kenyan at whatever levels in the society,” he added.

On the County front, Mr Kingi said a team of anti-corruption officers have been trained and would take the campaign to all the departments and sections of his government.

Acting director of the committee David Gathii said they are ready to work closely with the county government in order to sensitise and create awareness of the vice.

This, according to the director, is aimed at empowering members of public to fight and prevent corruption at different levels of the social strata.

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