Fighting corruption in Kenya will be a hard battle but it must be won
Kenyan media have relentlessly been reporting mega corruption stories that have shocked the country.
Corruption is not new to Kenya, and has always always fought back using political, legal and social means to sabotage its fight.
But if Kenya is to progress economically and politically, corruption has to stoip. Fighting it will be easy but it has to be fought with all the might including the input from the presidency.
Kenyan mentality is to blame too. Those seen as incorruptible are considered failures by society. Indeed those who manage to steal or get corruptly rich can sanitise their wealth through investments and also get into politics for powerful positions in government. That is how our society is conditioned. We glorify wealth irrespective how it has been acquired. In a country where majority survive with very little income and poverty is still endemic it is easy to buy influence through use of money. That is partly why fighting corruption is not easy but must be done.
So where do we go from here? President Uhuru Kenyatta has lately shown signs that he means to end corruption in Kenya. But it will be a very hard fought battle. The best legacy Uhuru can have is to leave a solid system and mechanism of eradicating and fighting corruption continuously. He has the power and would use the instruments to fight the corruption that is there but would also have to set systems that would ensure the fight continues into perpetuity.
It will never be easy to fight corruption in a country like Kenya but it has to be done. The unemployment crisis and the challenges we have in providing even the basics of the basics and the desire to build a prosperous country means we have to destroy the stumbling block called corruption. This has to be fought within the national and county governments. Money embezzeled means lack of goods or services or shoddy public works that endanger lives or even cause death. It should not be allowed to continue. For now I wish the president success in the zeal to tame corruption notwithstanding the obvious difficulties. Harrison Ikunda Via e-mail