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Fight graft at all levels, says Kibaki

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 1 – President Mwai Kibaki has urged Kenyans to join hands with the Government in sustaining the fight against corruption at all levels in order to make the country a corrupt-free society.

Noting that corruption is a big impediment to achieving the country\’s development goals as outlined in the Vision 2030, President Kibaki said the public should actively take part in curbing the vice.

"The war against graft should be all-inclusive. All Kenyans are, therefore, called upon to play a role in eliminating this vice," President Kibaki said.

The President was speaking on Tuesday during a meeting with members of the National Anti-Corruption Campaign Steering Committee at his Harambee House office.

The Head of State emphasised that fighting corruption was a priority in the country\’s development agenda, saying the vice should be rooted out as it has the potential of undermining ongoing efforts to improve the country\’s economy.

In this regard, President Kibaki expressed confidence that Members of Parliament will show patriotism and pass, with speed, all Bills geared towards boosting the fight against graft once the Bills are tabled in the August House.

The President also assured the National Anti-Corruption Campaign Steering Committee, chaired by ACK Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, that his Government would remain steadfast in supporting the activities of the committee.

Briefing President Kibaki on the activities of the National Anti-Corruption Committee, Archbishop Wabukala said his committee had already established anti-corruption oversight committees in 17 counties and plans were underway to ensure each of the remaining 30 counties had an anti-corruption oversight committee before the end of next year.

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Archbishop Wabukala added that his committee would continue working with other organisations to sensitize the public on the dangers of corruption so as to stigmatize the vice.

"We are involving wananchi at the grassroots level because we want the efforts to curb graft to be widespread. We also want Kenyans to treat the vice with the contempt it deserves," Archbishop Wabukala said.

Speaking during the meeting, Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission (KACC) Director Patrick Lumumba said graft should be dealt with firmly to address unemployment and security in the country.

Prof Lumumba emphasised that the long-term health of the country requires teamwork and attitude change to embrace the fight against corruption.

Other Speakers included Internal Security Minister George Saitoti and Justice, National Cohesion and Constitutional Affairs Permanent Secretary Amina Mohamed among others.

Twenty four out of the 25 members of the National Anti-Corruption Campaign Steering Committee attended the meeting.

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