Africa is known for its wealth in natural and human resources that have the potential to yield inclusive growth and eradicate poverty. Africa also has the world’s largest free trade area and a 1.2-billion-person market, creating diverse development opportunities with the potential to improve the lives of its people.
However, Africa’s potential and efforts will yield no fruits if corruption is not fought. The continent’s leaders have a responsibility to exterminate all forms of corruption as a means to guarantee quality service to citizenry.
These were some of the sentiments made in the ongoing eighth Africa Public Service Day commemorations in Victoria Falls Zimbabwe. The events are meant to honour the role played by civil servants in public service provision.
According to the Vice President Dr Constantino Chiwenga this year’s theme is, “Building the Africa we want through embracing an ethical culture that underpins purpose driven leadership in the context of crisis”.
Zimbabwe’s Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Professor Paul Mavima, who is leading Zimbabwe’s delegation at the deliberations, said the republic had strengthened its systems to confront corruption. The minister stated that ending corruption is important to improve quality of service delivery through commitment and strategic leadership. Additionally, he noted that emphasis on fighting corruption should be fearless and that it had contributed towards the success of Zimbabwe’s Anti-Corruption Commission in prosecuting corrupt individuals. This he said was possible because of the government sensitizing public servants.
His counterpart South Africa’s Minister for Public Service and Administration, Edward Mchunu, also talked about the fight against corruption, emphasizing that a government’s main currency is legitimacy, honesty, trust, accountability and delivery on undertakings.
Representatives from Kenya said they were also promoting the fight against corruption through the arts industry.
This forum comes after a delegation signed a declaration for the establishment of the International Anti-corruption Court (IAAC) to combat corruption.
The African Union declared the year 2018 as the year of fighting corruption across the continent and enhancing transparency. This has played a big part in governance debates in the continent.
The fight against corruption on the continent will enhance integrity among leaders and ensure accountability for public resources hence improve service delivery.