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In the run up to the March 4, 2013 general elections, Nairobi residents were treated to powerful anti corruption and integrity messages under the theme, “The face of corruption: collection 2013.”

The messages packaged in the form of skits were disseminated at strategic spots with large numbers of human traffic around the city including Uhuru Highway, Railway Station, Tom Mboya Street, Kenyatta Avenue, Haile Selassie round about, Kenyatta avenue roundabout, Mama Ngina Street, Wabera Street; Kencom Bus Stop, The Sarit Centre, Fire station and Nakumatt U.K.

There has been growing public awareness of the consequences of corruption, its 

negative and destructive effects on the economy and development, and the need to
eliminate it. In seeking to address corruption, Parliament passed the Anti-Corruption
and Economic Crimes Act 2003 and the Public Officer Ethics Act 2003. These Acts
came into effect on 2nd May 2003. It is important to set out the background of past
anti-corruption efforts that led to the enactment of the Acts.

World Environment Day, organised by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), is marked annually on the June 5.  It is a day set aside to provide the opportunity to reflect on the importance of the environment, as well as creating awareness on the need for environmental conservation.

Following the March 4th General elections, Kenya is now settling into the new structure of Government. The country is now governed at two levels: the National and County level. As a result, government functions are now being executed at the two levels of governance, including the education sector.

The Constitution of Kenya 2010 entrenches education as a right of every person under Article 43 (1) f. Article 53 (1) b, further recognises that every child has the right to free and compulsory basic education. The function of education therefore has to be fully executed by the government as a constitutional right to Kenyans. Schedule four of the constitution stipulates the different functions to be performed at the different levels of

Reports that no bribery reports involving the police have been received by the police service over the last three months are not surprising at all. What is surprising however is that the statistics do not seem to raise any eyebrows within the service.  It is no longer possible to contest the status of the police as the most bribery-prone institution in Kenya. Every other research by whichever organization that seeks to measure bribery experiences among members of the public confirms this. In the East African Bribery Index 2012, published by Transparency International Kenya, 72% or seven in every 10 respondents who reported having interacted with the police within twelve months preceding the survey reported having paid bribes to the police.  This latest crime report could well be true statistically, but it is by no means indicative of lack of bribery within police ranks. It simply confirms what research has found out over the years; that public reporting of crimes involving the police generally and bribery specifically has been very low and on a downward trend.

Well at least that  is the headline we are all hoping to see in the near future bringing to fruition the expectation citizens have of the new government and what has been promised by the Jubilee government as per its Manifesto.

The Challenge:  Climate change, population growth and mismanagement of water in the current regime of irrigated farming have meant that Kenya’s water supply has become increasingly unreliable. Only 60% of Kenyans have access to an improved water supply, but even then that supply is often intermittent and unreliable. Indeed, only a third of our population is connected to improved sanitation services- indeed!

‘’The third pillar of the Jubilee Manifesto is openness which says that it will stamp out corruption by giving the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission – EACC the power to prosecute corrupt cases and put an end to Parliamentary immunity from corruption charges.’’

The fight against corruption has been on the lips of many Kenyans for a long time. The national discourse on corruption has over time focused on the role of government in eradicating the vice. This is perhaps the thinking behind Jubilee’s undertaking to give more impetus to the EACC the agency mandated to fight corruption.

Harsh economic conditions have often swindled the hopes of the world`s youth as they face life`s realities in getting better living conditions, education and means of livelihoods. Kenya is not an exception in this and with over 65% of the population comprising of the youth, sectoral initiatives ought to be in place to develop and tap into their skills, knowledge and expertise. One of the most shied arena is climate finance governance! This “discipline” has for a long time been perceived as scientific and boring. Some young people are now taking up courses in colleges and universities that are environment related. This has rather caused a huge realization that the impact of climate change will ultimately affect the lives of future generations if nothing will be done.

It was a spectacle of its kind when the president, flanked by his deputy introduced the names of the men and women who will steer the new government’s agenda as cabinet secretaries. This was the first time that the appointments were being made in the full glare of the public. Prior administrations adopted a more quiet approach. The president even took time to give a snapshot of the career history of his appointees. To top up the drama was the dress code by the President and the Deputy.

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Transparency International-Kenya is a non-profit organization founded in 1999 and works towards a transparent and corruption free Kenya, by promoting good governance and social justice. TI-Kenya is part of the Transparency International group that is a non-partisan coalition of individuals with a shared vision of a corruption free world. It is an autonomous Chapter in the Transparency International movement, with which we share knowledge and exchange ideas for the greater good of Kenya and the world at large.

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