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Kenyans mock Zambian MPs’ corruption fight

KENYANS on Twitter have turned into a joke a visit by Zambian members of parliament who are in that country for a “benchmarking” trip on corruption fight.

One of the main newspapers has reported that a group of Zambian members of parliament was in the country to “get tips on how to fight corruption”.

The report says the eight members of parliament met officials of the Ethics And Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), a body which has been constantly criticised for going after “small fish” and ignoring the elites who perpetrate the biggest corruption scams.

An EACC official, Mwaniki Gachoka, was quoted saying, “We are sharing experiences on fighting corruption and promoting ethics.”

Mazabuka member of parliament Garry Nkombo, who is leading the delegation, said they were studying best practices in managing corruption in governance, according to Kenya’s The Star newspaper.

Transparency International has Zambia as having a lower corruption score in the public sector compared to Kenya.

Based on that, the Kenyans are wondering how Zambia could use Kenya, a country seen to be highly corrupt, as a learning point in the fight against corruption.

A Kenyan senator also raised the same issue in Parliament, saying it was unclear whether the Zambian members of parliament were there to learn how to fight corruption or engage in it.

Kenyan media has been releasing reports of corruption in the government, the latest being the alleged theft of 8 billion Kenyan shillings ($78m; £59m) from an agency set up to deal with youth unemployment.

From those arrested, at least 40 civil servants have pleaded not guilty for their role in the corruption scandal.

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