The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission Chairperson Archbishop (Rtd) Dr. Eliud Wabukala has launched a new strategy to incorporate religious leaders to help fight corruption in the country
Under the arrangement, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has enlisted the Inter Religious Council of Kenya (IRCK) to have religious leaders support the fight against corruption and promotion of ethics in Kenya.
The strategy is based on the understanding that religious leaders can use the pulpit as a platform to rebuke corruption as a sin and call for ethical living among citizens.
“It is easier to deal with prevention than enforcement of the law because the law is expensive and causes disruption,” said Dr. Wabukala.
He condemned corruption in areas like conflict of interest, construction of roads or projects and presence of ghost workers.
Speaking during the event, the Religious leaders Chairman Nicholas Olumasai said that they intend to work together with Dr. Wabukala and the EACC to ensure that Kakamega County is corruption free. “We are going to become the watchdogs of this County,” he noted.
EACC Regional Manager Christine Natome also expressed her willingness to ensure that the region is corruption free. She said that religious leaders and EACC are determined in the fight against corruption and unethical conducts.
“As we are aware that the 2010 constitution provides an important framework on issues of ethics, leadership, integrity and principles of good governance, this can only be achieved with the support of the faith based sectors,” she said.
She added that EACC has 11 regional offices in the spirit of devolution which are based in Mombasa, Malindi, Machakos, Nairobi, Kisumu, Eldoret, Nyeri, Isiolo, Nakuru, Kakamega, Kisii and Bungoma.
By Anne Otieno and Purity Simiyu