British High Commissioner has pledged international support to Kenya as it works to root out corruption during the 6th annual Devolution Conference with “Deliver, Transform, Measure, Accountability” as its theme.
Held at Kirinyaga University, the five-day conference is expected to be attended by over 6,000 delegates during which the Kenyan government and its key stakeholders will be reviewing what they have been able to deliver.
Conference host, Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru, used her address to celebrate the strong development partnership which exists with the UK Department for International Development (DfID) and British High Commission. In particular, she highlighted the fight against poverty including SUED (Sustainable Urban Economic Development) Kenya project and agri-processing support.
After taking to the stage to address attendees, UK High Commissioner Nic Hailey pledged international support to root out corruption, and urged that anyone formally indicted for corruption step aside to allow an unfettered investigation.
“Corruption is theft. It’s taking from Wananchi (the people) the resources they need for their development. We welcome the Kenyan government’s commitment to rooting out corruption. These commitments need to be followed by action,” he said.
Briefing on the work of the devolution donor working group, Mr Hailey reported they are “pleased to collaborate with county governments to move people out of extreme poverty as well as supporting inclusive devolution and the transformation of what counties are delivering to Kenyans.
Reflecting on devolution opportunities, Mr Hailey said: “Kenya now has 47 public policy laboratories, 47 places where governments are trying different things to boost development and there’s scope to learn from each other on this.”
The European Union delegation to Kenya used its Twitter account to thank Mr Hailey for his “strong message”, adding that they “will work with other international partners and Kenya to fight corruption and advance development. It is now time that we demonstrate our commitment collectively”.