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Speech by the Managing Director Tachicom-Kenya given during the Kenya Women Uwazi Awards (KWUA)

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Speech by the Managing Director Tachicom-Kenya given during the Kenya Women Uwazi Awards (KWUA)

June 13 th.

 

Ladies and gentlemen

First and foremost, allow me to express my deepest appreciation to the Transparency and Accountability Habitat through Information and Communication (Tachicom-Kenya), the organizing committee and stakeholders, for having the foresight and courage to organize such an initiative (Kenya Women Uwazi Awards) to recognize efforts by women in fostering transparency. Today, 12th June 2014 marks a very vital step towards involving the over 50% of our population in finding solutions and enjoining the discourse on transparency and accountability in Kenya.

World over, and Kenya especially, corruption has become a key governance challenge stagnating development and the freedom of a people to live freely. In many representative democracies like ours, recognition of individual and collective efforts made towards building awareness and creating a corruption free environment has never been tried. In my view therefore, such an award as KWUA, practically remains the only means whereby citizens can participate and hold the institutions accountable for their actions and performance towards anti-corruption.

Majority of our country`s population is composed of women and youth. Their optimism and energy gives them enormous potential to contribute to society. However, they face an enormous challenge of growing up in a society where opportunity has been eroded by widespread institutional collapse and deformation caused by a lack of transparency and accountability as well as a culture of corruption. A while ago, the women have been thought to be historically the faces of 2nd fiddle on governance matters, not so any more with the gains of the constitution of Kenya 2010 and affirmative action renaissance. This forum presents the women an unprecedented opportunity to realign their efforts towards a new and fresh paradigm for transparency and accountability. I am aware the forum is grounded in the mantra” Wanawake wameamua ni Uwazi”.

Given that there are generally no legal or constitutional grounds for monitoring or requiring that individual organizations and citizens help the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission and government fight corruption, such efforts should therefore not go unnoticed.  I therefore, consider KWUA as the only opportunity that citizens have to reward or “punish” women and women organizations on the basis of their integrity and transparency efforts. I must mention at this juncture that Tachicom-Kenya is proud to be associated with this forum as we reflect, ponder and identify strategic approaches and forms of programming that can help to anticipate and prevent all forms of corruption and associated causes that frequently accompany governance and set back development in our nation.

May I thank you all present here (representatives of the youth, government, media, civil society).

Jacob Orina,

Chief Information Scientist and Managing Director

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