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Report the corrupt and get paid

Nyamira County Commissioner Amos Mariba wants youths to set a level eye on the proposed law on reporting of corruption to gain from government.

The proposed law will reward whistleblowers of corruption cases is contained in the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) draft which is being drummed for a referendum.

According to the proposals, whistleblowers will be entitled to 10 per cent of the money that will be recovered from suspected embezzlers of public funds.

Mr Mariba was speaking during the launch of the Ethics and Anticorruption Commission’s month-long commemoration of the International Corruption Day on Wednesday.

“Youths who are jobless will now be having an opportunity of being watchdogs; you will now turn it to your side as an opportunity to earn cash by reporting corruption,” Mariba said.

The County Commissioner was speaking at Nyamira County headquarters where the World Corruption Day will be celebrated on December 9, this year.

The month-long event was officially commissioned by EACC Commissioner Rose Macharia who also told residents that the Commission was reasserting its renewed softer stance in the fight of the vice.

“We have to change the mindset of our people that corruption can only be won by arresting suspects and arraigning them in court. Even though we expanded our police cells, they cannot be enough,” Ms Macharia said.

In the renewed policy, the commission has been embarking on robust public awareness campaigns and civic education on the citizens in a bid to change perceptions on the vice in the country.

“If we enlighten our people on the impact of corruption on their economy and how they can help the commission in fighting the vice, then I am sure we will win this war,” added Macharia

During the month, the EACC will move to the grassroots in the county to sensitize and educate the residents on corruption-related issues and how communities can play role in eliminating the vice.

By Darling Mose

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