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Vincent Okong’o EACC Director Upper Eastern on the far left and other County representatives during the event.
Kenya joins the world in marking of the international Anti-Corruption Day in various parts of the country; 9th December 2016 is the main celebration day.
A week stock of anti-corruption activities and campaigns to raise public awareness on corruption, promote ethical values in the society as well as steering up public support against the vice.
In Marsabit County the colorful celebration reached the climax yesterday in Marsabit Stadium where officials from National and County government gathered to grace the occasion.
Marsabit County Senator Godana Harugura accompanied by Speaker of County Assembly Mathew Loltome join the residents of Marsabit to celebrate the event.
The ceremony was speared by Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), and other partners who assisted in organizing the event.
Themed, Fighting Corruption: Our Collective Responsibility, the day was preceded by various build up activities and public awareness campaigns through outreach caravans, sensitization workshops, talks and presentations, among others.
In his speech Vincent Okongo Director of EACC Upper Eastern urge Marsabit County residents not to keep quit when their funds are embezzled.
The commission will champion for the right of people and ensure equitable sharing of resource and we will still bring law offenders to the book. Say’s Okong’o.
His Deputy Ignatius Wekesa echoed the same sentiment and told the members of public to work closely with their leaders to fight corruption menace.
I urge officers in the various public office to deliver service with a lot of integrity, he further pleaded with legislators in county assembly to be watchdogs of county resources.Say’s Wekesa.
Every year $1 trillion is paid in bribes while an estimated $2.6 trillion are stolen annually through corruption a sum equivalent to more than 5 per cent of the global GDP. In developing countries, according to the United Nations Development Programme, funds lost to corruption are estimated at 10 times the amount of official development assistance.
Corruption is a serious crime that can undermine social and economic development in all societies. No country, region or community is immune. This year UNODC and UNDP have developed a joint global campaign, focusing on how corruption affects education, health, justice, democracy, prosperity and development.
The 2016 joint international campaign focuses on corruption as one of the biggest impediments to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The event also took place in eight other counties include Kakamega, Narok, Kwale, Tana River and Garrisa, Elgeyo Marakwet and Embu. However, the national commemoration event was held in Kajiado County.