By Ian Mutiso
Archbishop (Rtd) Dr. Eliud Wabukala, chair of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), has advocated for a new approach to involve religious leaders in the war against corruption.
The plan relies on religious leaders using their influence to denounce corruption as a sin and urge citizens to live moral lives
“It’s easier to deal with prevention than enforcement of the law because the law is expensive and causes disruption,” said Dr Wabukala.
During the ceremony in Kakamega, Nicholas Olumasai, a religious leader, said that they intend to work together with Dr Wabukala and the EACC as watchdogs to ensure a corruption free country.
The Inter Religious Council of Kenya (IRCK) has agreed to collaborate with EACC in urging religious leaders to help in the war against corruption and the promotion of ethics in Kenya.
Christine Natome, EACC regional manager, also expressed her willingness to work with religious leaders in the fight against corruption and unethical conduct.
She also added that all EACC regional offices throughout the country will help in the fight against corruption and maintain a good framework on the issues of ethics, leadership, integrity and principles of good governance.
EACC has made excellent strides in eradicating the vice using the existing legislation. However, a paradigm shift that will see acceptable values and ethics conveyed to the community at the most basic level may be the key in the war against the vice.