Kenya forms team to draw up plan for to fight corruption
13 November 2015, 21:37
Nairobi - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta acknowledged on
Friday corruption was a major problem facing the country and said a joint
government and private sector team would draw up strategies to combat the vice
in one week.
Companies and investors cite pervasive graft as one of the
biggest challenges to doing business in Kenya and U.S. President Barack Obama
raised the issue when he visited in July. Citizens also complain it is an
obstacle to law enforcement and provision of public services.
"We agreed we are going to work and come up with a
framework of dealing with real corruption as well as perceived
corruption," Kenyatta said after a meeting with business executives.
"In a week's time, the team that we put together,
comprising both members of government as well as the private sector, would come
up and give us a plan on how we shall work together to overcome that
challenge," he said.
Kenyatta said one potential action against graft was to bar
firms which do not sign up to a private sector-led code of conduct from
participating in government tenders.
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The country's Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission says 70
percent of all corruption in the country relates to procurement, especially in
government ministries and departments, where greedy officials and unscrupulous
businessmen collude to rip off the public.
"Corruption is happening around the entire system, both
the private sector and the public sector, and we have got to have concerted
effort of how to resolve this," Adan Mohamed, the minister for enterprise
and industrialisation, told Reuters.
On Thursday, the United States, Britain and nine other
countries pledged to help Kenya to try to beat corruption, promising to step up
efforts to prevent funds leaving the country and pushing for those involved in
graft to be prosecuted.
Deputy President William Ruto said he and the president
would lead the fight against corruption and they expected all individuals and
institutions to follow suit.
"Every public official, every institution must be
accountable," Ruto said.
"We are not going to talk. We are not going to have a
discussion. We are not going to have a debate because it will not take us