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OPINION: Tell the government we have had enough
, by Isaya Gagi
Instead of aging, our nation is renewing its strength and growing younger and more energetic in corruption. 

 Political corruption in the post-colonial government of Kenya has had a history which spans the reign of the Jomo Kenyatta's and Daniel Arap Moi's KANU governments to Mwai Kibaki's PNU government. 

In the Corruption Perceptions Index 2015 Kenya is ranked 139th out of 176 countries for corruption, tied with Azerbaijan, Nepal, Nigeria, and Pakistan. 

The human cost of corruption is huge, yet all too often leaders notoriously corrupt records to continue enjoying lives of luxury at the expense of people living in grinding poverty. 

Despite positive developments, the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission (KACC) was disbanded in 2011 and replaced by the newly instated Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission but corruption is still transcending to its pick. 

From the far I can remember vividly, the corruption scandals in our nation can be traced back to before the 90s. 

Between 1986 and 1991 the construction of the Turkwel Hydroelectric Power Station was riddled with claims of corruption. The dam was eventually built at three times the estimated cost, twice the allocated amount and producing energy significantly below capacity. 

From 1990 to 1999, the longest-running scandal is the Goldenberg scandal, where the Kenyan government subsidised exports of gold, paying exporters in Kenyan Shillings (Sh) 35% over their foreign currency earnings. In this case, the gold was smuggled from Congo. 

The Goldenberg scandal cost Kenya the equivalent of more than 10% of the country's annual GDP. We say we believe that man had inherent dignity as a rational being, and freedom enough either to obey or defy law – in the special Christian terms, to do God’s will or to our sin. 

Today, corruption has located man among the higher apes; corruption has reduced us to corruption machines, and the corruption syndrome has reduced our nation to a jungle of corrupt instincts and irrational inhibitions in which the conscious reasoning ego only barely survives. 

We also say we believe that society and government are right and proper, serving humanity and obligated to follow the dictates of natural law. We believed that institutions should be so established that men in every part of our civilisation could live together in harmony, in a unified nation of equity and free from corruption but since our nation’s inception, corruption has largely repudiated the whole concept of natural law of equity to insist that government and leadership today are simply conveniences for mutual security and pleasure. 

The pursuit of individual comfort and group benefits is nearly leaving every person in our nation corrupt. Corruption has reduced our leaders to a point they believe with their mouths, they doubt and deny in their hearts. This is directly related to nation’s spiritual crisis which threatens our nation’s growth and development. 

However, the rot can be beaten - if we work together. To get rid of power abuse, bribery and shed light on secret deals, citizens must together tell our government that we have had enough.

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