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Public procurement is bad news in the history of Kenya

In 2003, the Government of Kenya introduced E-Procurement Technology known as IFMIS (Integrated Financial Management Information System) to streamline economic crimes and unethical behavior in the system. We are now ending 2015 but many Kenyan leadership including governors have demonstrated their dislike of the technology. The technology which is meant to create more checks and balances in Kenya has been met by increased corruption, increased nepotism, increased tribalism, and increased bad governance. This blog is interested in asking why is Kenya not getting it right with ethics?
The good intention of the Government must be applauded. Kenya is one of the few developing countries whose economy is dynamic. After India and South Africa, Kenya emerges in East Africa as one of the most progressive countries especially in terms of deploying innovative technology to transform the business sector. But Kenyan leaders are generally not very comfortable with technology and ethics.
Prominent question is, why is the system not working properly in Kenya? Why are people still corrupt and unethical? The answer to these questions may not be simple even for scholars and known professors. But certainly, I believe that ethics starts from the human mind, culture, education and habits. Changing a habit is as hard as telling a chain smoker to stop smoking or put it in Pope Fancis’ language, it is like getting addicted to eating sugar until you get diabetes. Those who like sugary food will always share it and give it to those they love most, who then will also eventually catch the Disease. Corruption in Kenya is purely the problem of ethics other than the technology. Even in none digital setups people can still behave and do things rightly. But even in the technological world, such as the United States of America, and the UK, elements of corruption are still detected even though in limited portion.
Kenya now needs to get serious with business and deploy experts that will change the attitudes of the Executives. Executive Training on matters related to Ethics should not be taken for granted. There is a way of achieving this, but this part, I leave it for private consultancy. It is not for free.
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