AFRICA/KENYA - The Bishops hand over an anti-corruption book to President Kenyatta

Thursday, 10 November 2016 corruption   bishops   justice  

Nairobi (Agenzia Fides) - "Any officer adversely mentioned and implicated in graft ought to step aside even as investigations proceed. There should be conclusion to investigations and actual convictions for those found guilty. You must hold responsible relevant officers that have been appointed to fight corruption which is not only a crime but a moral wrong", say the Catholic Bishops of Kenya in the book to combat corruption drawn up by the Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace, which was handed over on November 2 by a delegation of the Episcopal Conference to Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The decision to write the book, according to information sent to Fides, was prompted by the many cases and allegations of corruption where public funds meant for development projects have been misappropriated. With this initiative, the Bishops wanted to support the anti-corruption campaign launched by President Kenyatta, one of the key points of his political program with which he was elected three years ago. Kenyatta has called corruption a "threat to national security".
75% of Kenyans believe that there is a very high rate of corruption in their Country. According to the head of the anti-corruption commission, Philip Kinisu, a third of the government budget it is lost due to bribery and embezzlement. A fact which, however, was criticized by the government. Among the most widespread embezzlement there are inflated costs of supplies to government agencies, projects that are false which are however, paid and wages paid to non-existent workers. (L.M) (Agenzia Fides 10/11/2016)