On corruption, Kenyans yearn for the killer blow
SEE ALSO :Renewables top 90pc of Kenya’s powerNevertheless, the war has sent the system into a panic. Some members of the public service are probably hoping to get their last pay-off before it becomes impossible to get away with corrupt practices. Every single day, more and more public servants are being investigated, indicted and convicted. Each one brings headlines and, more importantly, the knowledge of how and where to close the gaps. Each person investigated increases the understanding gap for investigators and for wananchi. Finally, and vitally, the numbers probably went up because the awareness of corruption is spreading. In the past
SEE ALSO :It pays to put cash in empowering peopleIn the past, there was no hope of stopping the cancer of corruption. Fewer people even bothered to report it. Now the headlines and successes means that wananchi have hope that the corruption will be investigated. Most importantly, that the efforts to tame corruption are making those susceptible to think of the consequences of being caught. The culture of anything goes is waning away. For the critics - and there are many - the war against corruption is yielding too little success. But we bet, they would not like it to just stop. The alternative is unimaginable. We have now become too used to seeing big heads roll and witnessing the big names have their day in court. There is something cathartic about it, and that is a good thing. But whereas the war against corruption has become the great equaliser in society (regardless of how rich and powerful one is, they can still be held to account for their obnoxious acts) there remains critical questions: Beyond the drama of arrests and arraignment in court and possible conviction, how do we promote honesty as a society? They say that as humans, it is not possible to eradicate corruption, but it is possible to minimise it by inculcating a culture of transparency and fairness; one that recognises that honesty and hard work pays and that which frowns on shortcuts. We must assure everyone of a fair shot at life – what would stop one from paying a bribe to get a service like, say, a passport if not the fact that it takes inordinately long to get. Making it easy to get one – and many services including getting treated – will no doubt minimise corruption. That is the killer blow to corruption. Mr Guleid is the CEO of Frontier Counties Development Council. [email protected]
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