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 met officials of Kenya’s Ethics And Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), a body which 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.”
Zambian MP Garry Nkombo, who is leading the delegation, said they were studying best practices in managing corruption in governance, Kenya’s The Star newspaper reports.
According to him:
“We are here to learn how the EACC is managing it, bearing in mind that those who engage in corruption remain very powerful and with the mandate to look after the aspirations of the people they govern. 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,” he added.
Kenyan media has been awash with reports of corruption in the government, the latest being the alleged theft of 8bn Kenyan shillings ($78m; £59m) from an agency set up to deal with youth unemployment.