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President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday vowed to decisively deal with corruption in government. He said those entrusted with responsibility and public resources must adhere to the law and serve with a high sense of morality and ethics expected of public officers.
“We are not going to tolerate unethical people. People with responsibility must be ready to serve and not to be served,” Uhuru said at State House, Nairobi when he presented Kenya High School students with a new 51-seater bus and gym equipment all valued at Sh8 million.
He spoke as 17 suspects including public officials and business people were arrested in Nairobi and Naivasha in connection to the National Youth Service (NYS) financial scandal in which billions of shillings in public funds are believed to have been stolen.
Among those who were arrested yesterday were suspended NYS Director-General Richard Ndubai. Public Service Principal Secretary Lillian Mbogo Omollo surrendered to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations.
Other State agencies where corruption scandals have recently been unearthed are the National Cereals and Produce Board, Kenya Pipeline Company and Kenya Power Company.
The gym equipment Uhuru presented to the students includes a treadmill, cross-trainer, rower machine, upright bike, Roman chair and a recumbent bike.
The visit by the Kenya High School community was a follow-up visit to the school by President Kenyatta on May 18 where he laid the foundation stone for a ultramodern kitchen, dining hall and a state-of-the-art science resource centre.
The President told the more 300 Form Four students who visited him at State House with their teachers and members of the Board of Management that he had met part of his promise and he expected them to fulfil their part of the bargain.
He said besides working hard to emerge tops in this year’s Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exam, the students had also promised to be disciplined and ethical.
“I am really counting on you girls to also fulfill part of your promise. And it is not just about exams. What you become as a person is very important. We want people who can contribute positively to society,” he told the students.
School Chief Principal Flora Mulatya thanked the President for his recent visit to the school and the donations.
She commended Uhuru’s administration for implementing several initiatives that allow access to quality education, including the Sh3.7 billion comprehensive medical cover for 2.8 million students under the National Hospital Insurance Fund.
Other initiatives by the government include increased capitation to schools for infrastructure development and enhanced fees for students from Sh12,870 to Sh22,244. Other speakers at the event included the school’s Board chairman Cannon Maj (rtd) Phillip Njuki and the school Chaplain Rev Judy Kamau.