The Star (Nairobi)

10 December 2012

Kenya: Nyeri Voters Advised to Resist Bribes

THE national Anti-corruption Campaign Steering Committee chairman Kimaiyo Arap Sego has urged voters to resist being bribed to vote for leaders that may not have their best interests at heart.

Sego was speaking in Nyeri during a ceremony to commemorate the 9th International Anti-corruption day on Saturday. The day which is aimed at people's awareness on corruption and the role of the United Nations Convention against corruption in combating and preventing it.

"As we approach the general elections, we must learn to hold our leaders accountable by demanding for transparency and accountability in their conduct of public affairs, especially in the utilization of resources," he added.

The National Anti-corruption Plan Coordinating Committee chairperson Jane Muthaura urged Kenyans to register as voters and to do the actual voting and vote in leaders of integrity.

"It is time for the government, political leaders, civil society, professional associations and other stakeholders to take stock of their efforts in the fight against corruption. It is also time to raise awareness on corruption and to foster public support in the fight against corruption," She said.

This is a day for the governments to reflect on their corruption interventions, enumerating what they have achieved, challenges faced and the way forward. This year's theme was 'Promoting Good leadership and Integrity: My Role as a Citizen.'

"Corruption is an issue that affects all countries around the world. It can refer to the destruction of ones honesty or loyalty through undermining moral integrity or acting in a way that shows a lack of integrity and honesty," added the chairperson. Corruption undermines democracy, creates unstable governments and sets countries back economically.

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