The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has set up a National Integrity Academy (NIA) in Nairobi to create awareness and educate the public on ways to prevent corruption before occurring.
The Commission Chairman, Archbishop Eliud Wabukala said the agency has set the academy to fight corruption by educating various cadres in the public and private sector on how to prevent corruption before taking roots.
Speaking to the press in Nyeri town on Wednesday, Wabukala noted that the academy is a new concept brought in to combat the vice before happening.
He said various courses are being offered at the academy and encouraged the media to attend some of them.
The Chairman added that EACC wanted to have a society that is integrity -led so that it becomes the long term solution to graft.
He said the future of the country depends on a society that is corrupt free and EACC would ensure the academy met its objectives.
The objectives of NIA are to promote a culture of integrity in the public and private sector.
The second objective is to equip participants with the right skills, attitudes and knowledge to effectively prevent and combat corruption.
It also aims to build technical capacity of Anti-corruption personnel by preparing them for the complex, dynamic and contemporary challenges.
Strengthening partnerships, networks and coalitions against corruption and unethical conduct, promote evidence based anti-corruption training and adoption of best practices in the field of governance, leadership, integrity and anti-corruption.
And while paying a courtesy call on Nyeri Governor, Mutahi Kahiga, Wabukala hailed the county for observing putting in place mechanisms to fight graft.
He said the commission would profile counties across the country which have good practices in fighting graft for recognition.
Kahiga said that his administration would fully support the academy, adding that EACC was now focused on preventing corruption instead of going the expensive way of investigating and prosecuting suspects.
By Mwangi Gaitha