We all now agree that corruption is eating at the very fabric of our county. Even President Kenyatta himself publicly admits that corruption in the government – and especially in his office – has reached national disaster levels.
What we do not know is what to do about the situation because the more we fight it, the more corruption increases.
To the average Kenyan, it seemed that Uhuru was protecting “thieves” of public funds. Even when he himself appeared in Parliament and announced a list of corrupt high-ranking officials – and in deed, had some cabinet secretaries fired – the perception continued. Now it seems that he is just as perplexed by the increase in corruption as every other hard working, law abiding, compassionate Kenyan is.
So what can be done? Jail corrupt individuals? That is the obvious suggestion of most people. But criminologists will tell that such solutions don’t work. Why? Simply because corrupt people acquire enough wealth and influence to corrupt those who would jail them. That is why despite heaps and heaps of corruption report files at the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, no one has ever been convicted.
So again we ask the question: What can be done? Our suggestion is that we need new ways, new ideas to fight corruption. And those new ways must be based on developing new values. Countries that have tried these new ways have succeeded. We should borrow a leaf from them.