Ram­pant graft dam­ages Kenya’s good rep­u­ta­tion

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

Kenya for a long time has been con­sid­ered an in­ter­na­tional com­mer­cial hub and a gate­way to East Africa. Nairobi is a pre­ferred con­fer­ence des­ti­na­tion in Africa go­ing by the re­cent in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ences it has hosted. The cap­i­tal is also host to sev­eral in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions, in­clud­ing the head­quar­ters of the United Na­tions En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­gram and other United Na­tion Of­fices. Ac­cord­ingly, Kenya has been viewed as a so­cial, cul­tural and com­mer­cial cen­ter in the re­gion. How­ever, cor­rup­tion has dented our rep­u­ta­tion which has taken years to earn. The gov­ern­ment must act swiftly and firmly to curb the ris­ing cases of cor­rup­tion to re­pair our im­age in­ter­na­tion­ally. Those found cul­pa­ble, ir­re­spec­tive of their po­si­tion in so­ci­ety, must face the full force of the law. Kenyans should be proud of this great na­tion and there­fore, get to any length to pro­tect it.

FRED OPUNDO Gem

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