The fight against corruption is a personal responsibility.

Written By: Godfrey Okoth

We are a nation of believers. There is no doubt that the overwhelming majority of Kenyans believe in doing the right thing.

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As early as Genesis 1:26 we read that humans are unlike animals.  The Bible is full of references to the choices we make as human beings.

As we move ahead in our ongoing battle with corruption, our fate is not a corrupt state instead our fate is firmly in our own hands.

After the historic handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga, there has been a full-frontal attack on the corrupt elements of Kenyan society.

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The Multi-Agency Task Team (MATT) in coordination with the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) and the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) have intensified the fight against corruption to hitherto unseen levels.

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No one is out of bounds in their war.  Outgoing and current governors, CEOs and MDs of state corporations are facing various charges ranging from abuse of office.

For once our leadership is speaking with one voice. Personal responsibility is demonstrated through the new audits and lifestyle checks on Government officers.

In particular, procurement officials must now be subjected to numerous stringent procedures in their line of duty.

The Building Bridges initiative has placed this fight at its very core.  The Big 4 Agenda of Manufacturing, Food Security, Universal Health Care and Affordable Housing remains on course.

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The riparian land issue has made headlines worldwide for its bravery.  The move has shocked the business community and beyond.

This after all is not business as usual as many believed that certain projects were “too big” to be touched or certain buildings too expensive to be brought down.

National Lands Commission officials have now been dragged before courts on serious corruption allegations.

Therefore when people try to remove personal responsibility and blame God’s will or malicious fate, I urge you to disagree with this mentality.  We must fight it in all ways possible.

Let’s take a leaf out of the Holy Book.  Isaiah 42:14 reminds us that God can limit his own power, and even exercise self control: “I have kept quiet for a long time. I remained silent and restrained myself. Like a woman giving birth, I will groan, pant, and gasp all at once.”

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The people of Israel faced challenges after another throughout their biblical sojourns.  Now we too must face our own tests if they we to reach the promised land.

“Just a little while longer, and the wicked will be no more.” Psalms 37:10

Our fate is in our hands, calling out corruption wherever we see it, and supporting the President’s campaign, can we rid our country of this plague once and for all.


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