NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s private sector and civil society on
Monday said that they will adopt a new mechanism to tackle
Lee Karuri, chairman
of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) Foundation, told a
media briefing in Nairobi that a forum on fighting corruption
will approach the task in a concerted manner, with the aim of
developing sectoral, cross-sectoral and multi-sectoral
interventions to curb corruption.
“During this month
of October, sector-based conversations shall be held to develop
anti-corruption strategies that are specific to the sectors,”
forum against corruption is a platform for engagement with
leaders from various sectors of society around a unified and
well-coordinated multi-sectoral approach to national development
and achievement of the national economic blueprint Vision 2030
based on a diverse and inclusive partnership model.
It draws its
sectoral representation from the private sector, religious
community, media, professionals, youth, women, trade unions,
civil society, academia as well as development partners.
Karuri added that
the government has shown a renewed commitment in the fight
“We also appreciate
the efforts of others that have been championing matters around
corruption, notably the media and the religious sector,” he
efforts alone are not sufficient to generate the desired
outcome,” said Karuri.
Under the new
strategy to combat corruption, all sectors shall go through a
process of self-reflection to identify all forms of corruption
that exist within their various sectors, and design holistic
sector-based strategies, he added.
Some of the emerging
proposals include strong sectoral enforcement of existing codes
of conduct, including internal disciplinary measures, Karuri
He observed that
enrolling and mobilizing citizens in the fight against
corruption will be one of many cross-sectoral strategies that
will be implemented.
conversations will lead up to the National Anti-Corruption
Conference that will be held in the month of November,” he
Patrick Obath, vice
chairman of KEPSA Foundation, said that the country loses up to
8 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) to corruption while
one third of public resources are lost to the vice.
It is a high time
that corruption was regarded as theft of opportunities, theft of
finances and theft of time, and anyone who engages in corruption
is therefore a thief, and should face the full consequences of
the law, Obath said.