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A Broader perspective on corruption

19 March 2012, 11:50 Philip Kithome

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No matter how hard we try to fight corruption in Kenya it is apparent that we still have a lot of uncertainty surrounding this issue in our minds. As a nation we are tasked with the challenge of addressing the causes of corruption and many times we avoid the main key point that can help us wipe out the vice completely.

As a Kenyan citizen have you wondered as why there is embezzlement of funds, failure of contractors to complete tasks, police collect bribe from drivers on highways, electoral fraud and influence peddling among others? One can cite most obvious causes, these may include information deficit, tax havens, lack of government control.

This makes us slaves to corruption. Parliamentarians and other leaders don't embezzle funds because they are poor, police don't collect bribe out of their own will and others in society don't get corrupt out of will.

From a close observation, this happens because our government has a large pool of money lying idle in its accounts. Therefore in such case the influential leaders step in to make use of these funds in inappropriate means as it is vivid among our parliamentarians.

If such idle money was used to increase civil servants' salaries, this would help curb the police from collecting "toa kitu kidogo" from citizens. Also if such money was put into various uses as setting up infrastructure and giving loans to youths it would help solve many problems facing the nation as a whole.

Therefore as a nation, here is the right time to stop having a one-sided look on corruption and fight it from all possible dimensions for better tomorrow and for future generation.

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