NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s Multi-sectoral Initiative
Against Corruption (MSIAC) on Tuesday decried the rising levels of
corruption in the country.
The initiative, which brings
together government, private sector, civil society, international
partners and academia, said that the burden of corruption is
weighing heavily on the back of every Kenyan.
"Corruption has found safe havens in the national and county
governments, judiciary, legislature, private sector and civil
institutions," said Lee Karuri, MSIAC co-chairman.
Karuri noted that poor Kenyans are the ones bearing the blunt of
the consequences of corruption.
"Corruption has made it difficult if not impossible for the poor
people to access essential basic services without paying a bribe,"
According to the anti-graft movement, corruption in Kenya has
grown very deep roots and is endemic.
"State institutions which are mandated to fight corruption are
deliberately being undermined, discredited, neglected or underfunded
to weaken them," Karuri said.
He revealed that corruption continues to reign havoc on people’s
lives by slowing the economy and investments to such levels that
millions of young men and women are jobless.
"Those lucky enough to have gainful employment or generate income
from their work carry extremely heavy burdens of supporting the
extended families and taking on responsibilities which rightful
should be borne by the government from the taxes they pay," he