Transparency International (TI) Kenya, conducted a one-day sensitization training to support journalists from Uasin Gishu county to carry out investigative stories relating to unearthing corruption.
The project dubbed, Enhancing Access to Justice for All, aims at boosting a transparent and corruption-free society through good governance and social justice initiatives.
The Regional Officer for the North Rift region Alex Yator underscored the important role media plays in the fight against corruption in all sectors of the country’s socio-economic and political sectors.
Mr. Yator reminded the journalists to dig deep into corruption-related stories to ensure that duty bearers are held to account. Additionally, Mr. Yator said that TI-Kenya will continue to work with the media and other partners in its anti-corruption efforts.
Investigative journalism helps journalists to track down suspected corruption webs as a way of eradicating graft in society today. It is through such exposes that citizens, as well as the government, learn of the fishy deals that take place within its institutions. Since the government’s eye is not omnipresent, the Media through their sources un-earth these corruption cartels and the government moves in speed to prosecute in order to deter corruption. The two major exposes; Covid-19 Millionaires and Mara Heist, courtesy of Nation Media Group and Royal Media respectively, put on the spot how government funds were being put into wrong use, causing the investigative agencies to close in and prosecute government officials. The scandals, if not exposed would have cost the country billions of monies, at a time the country’s health care system required more funding to curb the deadly pandemic. The role media plays to expose corrupt perpetrators is key to ensure a corrupt-free society and accountable leaders.
Media sensitization and collaboration with anti-graft agencies will mean winning the war on all fronts. It is encouraging to see that other bodies are supporting the efforts the government has put in place to ensure the end of the deadly menace so that citizens get a quality life.