Kenyan government forms partnership with Transparency International to 'fight corruption'

Will Green is news editor of Supply Management
23 February 2014

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23 February 2014 | Will Green

The Kenyan government has formed a partnership with Transparency International (TI) to crack down on corruption.

The attorney general, the inspector-general of police and the director of public prosecutions will meet with TI twice a year to review progress in “the fight against corruption”.

President Uhuru Kenyatta said the partnership would deal with “real corruption” but also work to counter “wrong perceptions created about the vice”.

“Let us fight real corruption, but a situation where everybody shouts to stall government projects is unacceptable,” he said.

“What Transparency International believes in is what I believe in, what you want to root out is what I also want to root out.”

TI Kenya said it would be focusing on the mining industry to “contribute towards greater accountability in the management of natural resources so that ordinary people benefit from the proceeds of the mining sector”.

Samuel Kimeu, executive director of TI Kenya, said: “We will encourage the government and companies to publicly disclose information of all financial payments in the mining, gas and oil industries to prevent corruption and enable citizens to play their civic duty of holding individuals and institutions to account.”

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