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Anatomy of corruption in Kenya

Everybody seems to know what corruption is and tends to hate it but in reality, what is corruption? Generally it is abuse of office or power for personal gains and interests and abandon standards and laws for their own personal gains. It is difficult to fight it since it is profoundly entrenched in society. Governments are imposing laws to tackle corruption. Watchdog agencies are fighting corruption. Those who bear brunt are those who comply to the laws and pay taxes. As much as we experience corruption in our everyday life experience, it is also in politics and business. It is the abuse of the entrusted power for personal gain. It is very visible in every society. Sometimes it is less visible. People accept bribes in order to do business. Even in the civil society there is corruption. Even Churches have corruption and systems that promote it. The prominent question here is, how can we fight corruption?
Whistle blower protection, laws, involvement, actions, deterring people from the corrupt culture, and giving it the attention it deserves in all sectors.
There is nothing wrong for the governments to stand strongly against corruption. There is no any wrong-doing for the United Nations to promote Anti-Corruption Conventions. The reason being, it causes more harm than good to society. It yields into social conflicts and dissatisfaction. It brings hatred and dishonesty in the system.
Too much corruption can lead any good society to total collapse. It is upon the people and individuals to resolve to do away with corruption. Fight against corruption cannot be a one man job. It is not for politicians to fight it. It is not for those in power and authority to ensure that there is no corruption. It involves the engagement of every individual. Ask me how the Germans dealt with corruption and managed to reduce it to its minimum? There is no miracle. The populace must submit that corruption is an evil for the society and prevent its occurrence.
Institutions must be involved seriously in fighting every kind of corrupt behavior. It is not only involving embezzling public funds but also deceptive behavior and many other dynamics.
In Kenya, when people speak about fight on corruption, the attention is geared towards the government or state officers, or civil servants, forgetting that corruption is also present in our mind-sets. Such is one-sided way of looking the fight on corruption. Nothing changes so far, furthermore, the corruption is in human convictions that such behavior is good.
As so long as we defend those who are corrupt because they belong to our ethnic groups or political parties, we also have guilty mind. We have corrupt mind just by approving whatever our favorite is doing, as so long as he or she is from our tribe.
The fight on corruption must address also bribe givers and receivers alike. Both have a meeting of mind in perpetrating the crime or promoting its existence. Let me simplify this issue. When a class teacher favors one child against others because he or she knows the parents and has received some tips or perhaps sympathy, the teacher is corrupt and is corrupting children. Children will grow admitting that corruption is part of human culture, a challenge to the efforts to eradicate it. One cannot fight what he does not know…so knowledge first then deal with what you really know.
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