NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on
Friday pledged to reactivate the fight against graft while
promoting national reconciliation to enable him achieve the Big
Four Agenda to transform the country.
the Independence Day celebrations held in upper eastern Kenyan
county of Meru, Kenyatta said his government will take bold
steps to eradicate corruption that has rocked the public
"I undertake to lead the war against corruption and there is
unanimity in the country that this vice must be eradicated,"
Kenyatta told local and foreign dignitaries attending the 55th
anniversary celebrations since Kenya gained self-rule.
Kenya has lately been rocked by graft scandals at the
National Youth Service that has led to loss of an estimated 90
million U.S. dollars through irregular procurement and fraud.
So far, senior officials at the youth service as well as
local entrepreneurs have been arrested over their involvement in
the financial scam and will be arraigned in the court next week.
Kenyatta assured Kenyans and bilateral partners that no one
would be spared in the fight against corruption that has
undermined service delivery and national security.
"The Director of Public Prosecutions, the Police and other
institutions in the multi agency team against corruption are on
"They are making decisive steps to build string cases for the
prosecution of corrupt officials," said Kenyatta.
To signal his commitment to eradicate graft in central and
county governments, Kenyatta announced that all procurement
officers will undergo fresh vetting to determine their integrity
and merit before the end of June.
"Those who shall fail the vetting exercise will be
suspended," said Kenyatta adding that he will soon announce new
raft of measures to eradicate the menace of graft in government.
At the same time, Kenyatta reaffirmed his commitment to unite
the country after a fractious electioneering period during
Independence Day celebrations attended by South African Deputy
President, David Mabuza, foreign diplomats and opposition
leader, Raila Odinga.
The Kenyan leader who is serving his second and final term in
office pledged to reach out to his counterparts in the
opposition to promote reconciliation, peace and cohesion in the
Kenyatta remarked he would listen to all Kenyans and commit
afresh to build bridges of friendship.
He added that implementation of the Big Four Agenda is on
course to hasten Kenya’s socio-economic transformation through
manufacturing, affordable housing, universal healthcare and food
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