BE THE CHANGE

MICHAEL NYABWANGA: Tame corruption to avoid punching below our weight

At least 16 million Kenyans live below the poverty line

In Summary

•In April last year, the World Bank sanctioned $50 million (Sh5.3 billion) to help Kenya cushion against the effects of COVID-19.

•The European Union as well delivered to Kenya 15 million pounds (Sh2.04 billion) in aid.

Public funds have been directed towards a few elite pockets that are already lined with gold and silver.

Some of the corruption cases that have been witnessed include failure by the Lands ministry to account for Sh20 billion in 2019, the mega-dam scandal, the arrest of three governors over corruption allegations.

According to the 2019 Human Development Index, at least 16 million Kenyans live below the poverty line.

They tell you about a pandemic and at first, you fear, you cower and you huddle inside your houses.

Then hunger checks in, bills pile up, unemployment hits and suddenly, you fear the hopelessness of it all, more than the actual disease.

Then you hear about the millions of dollars being allocated to fight the effects of the pandemic.

In April last year, the World Bank sanctioned $50 million (Sh5.3 billion) to help Kenya cushion against the effects of COVID-19.

The European Union as well delivered to Kenya 15 million pounds (Sh2.04 billion) in aid.

One can’t help but wonder where all this money goes to.

This is because not enough Kenyans have received relief from the pandemic budget.

On the other hand, EACC is investigating top KEMSA officials over Covid-19 PPEs.

Time will tell.  It’s such abstract content when funds meant for helping the public is diverted to other personal use.

The one diverting the funds might say to themselves; it’s just money, just a few millions, I’m not really harming anyone.

However, be the change you want to see in the world.

If only one person did their job in service of the people, and the next person did their job as well, the domino effect will check-in and that narrative will be changed.

Granted, Wanjiku will feel a positive impact. 

 

Edited by Kiilu Damaris