Kepsa mem­bers to sign code of ethics in anti-graft cam­paign

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Parliament -

The Kenya Pri­vate Sec­tor Al­liance will urge mem­bers to sign a bind­ing code of ethics to stamp out graft, it says.

The 400-mem­ber or­gan­i­sa­tion has been on the spot for fail­ing to rein in mem­bers ac­cused of spon­sor­ing lu­cra­tive trips for MPs as in­cen­tives to pass cer­tain leg­is­la­tion in their favour.

Mem­bers have also been ac­cused of be­ing ben­e­fi­cia­ries of lu­cra­tive gov- ern­ment ten­ders, some of them highly in­flated, at the ex­pense of tax­pay­ers.

Kepsa chief ex­ec­u­tive Ca­r­ole Kar­iuki said the association will sub­ject mem­bers to a universal code of ethics which bars them from en­gag­ing in im­moral ac­tiv­i­ties such as bribery.

Com­pa­nies that ir­reg­u­larly lobby for favourable reg­u­la­tions should be pun­ished as in­di­vid­ual en­ti­ties and should not be seen to rep­re­sent the association, she said.

The anti-bribery bill—aimed at pun­ish­ing pri­vate sec­tor play­ers more than be­fore—is an in­di­ca­tion of ef­forts to deal with graft in the sec­tor, Kar­iuki said.

Par­tic­i­pants at the Na­tional Assem­bly Speaker’s round ta­ble talks held in Mom­basa at the weekend said Kepsa is do­ing lit­tle to fight graft.

/ENOS TECHE

Kepsa chief ex­ec­u­tive Ca­r­ole Kar­iuki at the pri­vate sec­tor state of econ­omy ad­dress in Nairobi on May 11

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