Kenyans on Twitter are reacting to a story in one of the main newspapers that a group of Zambian lawmakers are in the country to get tips on how to fight corruption.
The report says eight Zambian lawmakers from the committee on Privileges, Absences and Support Services visited Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) commissioners at Integrity Centre in Nairobi to learn how the agency has been spearheading the war on graft.
The Commission has been constantly criticised for going after “small fish” and ignoring the elites who perpetrate the biggest scams.
An EACC official, Mwaniki Gachoka, is quoted as saying, “We are sharing experiences on fighting corruption and promoting ethics.”
“This is a study tour by our colleagues from the Zambian National Assembly. We are sharing experiences on fighting corruption and promoting ethics,” EACC commissioner Mwaniki Gachoka said.
“We are fighting corruption through many strategies. One of the is law enforcement – investigating cases and recommending them to the DPP.”
Zambian MP Garry Nkombo, who is leading the delegation, said they were studying best practices in managing corruption in governance.
Mr. Nkombo said they will also share their experiences and the problems they have encountered in the fight against the vice and processes in whistle-blowing and prosecution of suspects.
“We recognise the fact that corruption does exist and want to learn how Kenya has been dealing with it. It is generally agreed that corruption cannot be fought with kids’ gloves,” Mr. Nkombo said.
Transparency International lists Zambia as having a lower corruption score in the public sector compared to Kenya.
Kenyan media has been awash with reports of corruption in the government, one the latest being the alleged theft of 8bn Kenyan shillings ($78m; £59m) from an agency set up to deal with youth unemployment.
At least 40 civil servants have pleaded not guilty for their role in the corruption scandal.
A data visualization site recently tweeted a video montage of 40 corruption scandals reported in local media since 2013.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has warned that nobody who is found guilty will go unpunished while the Judiciary has asked agencies and investigators to provide evidence sufficient for convictions.