Uhuru, lobby join hands in fight on graft

Wednesday February 19 2014

President Kenyatta on Wednesday launched a partnership with Transparency International in which the State and the anti-graft lobby will meet twice a year to review the fight against corruption. PHOTO/PSCU

President Uhuru Kenyatta with Dr. Huguette Labelle (third from right) Chairperson Transparency International (T.I.) and Dr. Richard Leakey (third from left) Chairman, T.I Kenya and other officials when they called on him at State House, Nairobi. Also present is Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Devolution, Ms. Anne Waiguru. President Kenyatta on Wednesday launched a partnership with Transparency International in which the State and the anti-graft lobby will meet twice a year to review the fight against corruption. PHOTO/PSCU  

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President Kenyatta on Wednesday launched a partnership with Transparency International in which the State and the anti-graft lobby will meet twice a year to review the fight against corruption.

He directed that the Attorney General, the Inspector-General of Police, Director of Public Prosecution to be meeting with TI to review progress in the fight against corruption.

The President said the partnership between the government and TI will deal with “real corruption” and help in ending the wrong perception created about the vice.

“Let us fight real corruption but a situation where everybody shouts to stall government projects is unacceptable,” the President said.

He added: “What Transparency International believes in is what I believe in; what you want to root out is what I also want to root out.”

President Kenyatta was speaking at State house Nairobi after a meeting with the chairperson of the board of Transparency International Huguette Labelle.

Dr Labelle praised the enactment of the Constitution of Kenya in 2010, saying it has created institutions that enforce transparency.

TI-Kenya board chair Richard Leakey said the lobby is rethinking the method it uses when compiling the corruption index.

“For example, the police have been ranked the most corrupt on the basis of the Traffic police. The blanket blame placed on the whole police service does not portray the true picture of the problem,” Dr Leakey said.