Private sector workers in Kenya to sign anti-bribery code
SEE ALSO :Two held over fraud at lands officeIt is the reason Kepsa had developed the Business Code of Conduct, which among other punitive measures prescribes lengthy bans for firms and business owners found to have given or received bribes. Kepsa also came up with the draft law expected to help the fight against bribery, through stiff penalties for individuals found guilty of soliciting or receiving a bribe. It will also be the first law that acknowledges the giver and taker of bribes as equal criminals. When receiving the draft laws from Kepsa, President Uhuru Kenyatta said that 70 per cent of corruption in the country is in the procurement departments which do business with the private sector. “Procurement departments involve none other than the private sector, because Government does not do business with itself, it does business with the private sector,” Kenyatta said in the November meeting with business leaders. It is from that meeting that Safaricom Chief Executive Bob Collymore and his KCB counterpart Joshua Oigara, declared their salaries and wealth in an unprecedented step hoped to be a first in battling corruption in the private sector. The proposed law that has now been tabled before the National Assembly also seeks to punish intermediaries of bribery and the recipients. Members of tender committees that oversee a corrupt process or stop tenders that have been rightly won will also be sacked and prosecuted as well as any company involved. The private sector called for the introduction of special tribunals to determine corruption cases and the president has already directed they be constituted.