Transparency is vital to a government. It allows the public to become informed citizens and enables them to hold the government accountable if they act inappropriately, like the corruption found in Kenya’s response to the drought. Transparency at all stages of government, not just in the aftermath, is crucial and is something that the Kenyan government needs to work to improve.
By Charles Gichane
NAIROBI, KENYA MARCH 21 – Transparency International-Kenya (TI Kenya) has recommended that the government increase the capacity to respond adequately to early warning systems of drought.
Speaking at the launch of the 2011 Food Assistance Integrity Study, TI Kenya Chairman Richard Leakey said this will give the government adequate time to address food insecurity problems.
“We hope this study will improve the information flow and accountability mechanisms at the community beneficiary levels and promote the participation of citizens in monitoring humanitarian assistance,” he announced.
He noted that the lack of action on early warnings in 2011 led to a rushed, expensive and politically pressured response that contributed to greater risks of diversion.
This was one of the recommendation outlines in the report which also cites corruption and politicisation of food assistance as one of the significant challenges to drought response.
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