President Kenyatta urges anti-graft agencies to collaborate

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President Uhuru Kenyatta
President Uhuru Kenyatta at a past event. PHOTO/COURTESY

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday urged anti-graft agencies in the country to collaborate more for the fight against corruption to be won.

According to President Kenyatta, the multi-agency approach in the war against corruption is showing results and should be embraced more going forward.

“Today I note with a lot of happiness that due to the collaboration that has been there under the multi-agency approach, we see more and more cases being prosecuted,” the President observed.

The Head of State was speaking at the DCI Headquarters on Kiambu Road when he awarded state honours to several officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) for their outstanding contribution in the security sector especially in the fight against corruption.

While acknowledging the independence of constitutional institutions such as the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP), the President called for more synergy between agencies in the security and justice sector.

“We are not here to merge the DCI and the ODPP but we are here to recognise that these two institutions that are anchored in the executive need each other for effective service delivery,” President Kenyatta said.

“We recognise the independence and also the interdependence of these offices. Our success cannot be independent of each other. We will not succeed if we do not collaborate,” he added.

The President spoke on the one Government approach saying Kenya has one government which is striving to provide services seamlessly to all Kenyans.

“The constitution gave us one government – the Government of Kenya, but it also created independent institutions. I cannot emphasise more that as much as these offices are independent, they are interdependent,” said the President.

Similarly President Kenyatta urged police officers to be firm and precise in discharging their duties adding that the government shall never allow few individuals to trample on the rights of others by perpetuating criminal activities.

“I am continuously reminded that Kenyans have rights and these rights have to be protected, but the rights of the majority supersede the rights of the individual. We cannot protect the rights of an individual who threatens the majority – those individuals who threaten the rule of law,” said the President. On the ongoing police reforms, the President said the Government will invest more in police welfare, equipment and upgrade of facilities to make the unit efficient and effective

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