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Curbing graft must be relentless mission

HARDLY a day passes in our beloved country without corruption, as a word and a trend, cropping out somewhere, especially at news-making events.

The difference between nowadays, as opposed to yesteryears, reference to corruption is coupled with resolute actions to curb it.

The eagerness of the Fifth Phase government to combat the vice stems from the fact that it has been one of the reasons from slowness in economic development and social welfare enhancement missions.

Under the culture hinted on above, crooked and greedy treated whatever openings they perceived as potential financial generators, with amounts running into millions of shillings.

One of the latest illustrative cases relate to the decision by the Minister for Education, Science, Technology and Vocational Training, Professor Joyce Ndalichako, recently asked the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB), Mr Diwani Athunani, to make the ministry her starting points.

She was speaking in Shinyanga recently, in the wake of suspicions that there was something fishy about a project associated with a Teachers’ College, Shycom. She strongly suspects the 4.8bn/- spent on it does not match with what was done there.

She was dissatisfied with how the money was spent, and was enraged by the timeframe not being honoured. It transpired that the contractor had sprung into action after getting wind that the minister would visit the institution.

This amounts to unacceptable ping-pong or cat and mouse theatrics. Minister Ndalichako is understandably furious because her docket is among those mentioned negatively in the 2016/17 Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) report.

She is furthermore enraged by scandals revolving around cheating in the latest Standard Seven National Exams, it is very disgraceful, indeed, that the apparent that culprits include education officers who, as seasoned teachers and administrators, are supposed to be role models for other teachers, plus, broadly, pupils.

Granted, poor exam performance haunts some education sector players. However, short-cuts like cheating is absolutely unacceptable.

What’s more, when exams have to be repeated, innocent candidates who were not part of the scandal, are made to suffer unduly. At the higher level, the sector minister is compelled to handle an unnecessarily extra workload.

Overall, it is apparent that, while the government’s anti-corruption drive is earnest, the crooks are lurking in the shadows to pounce. So, PCCB must sustain its tempo in tackling the cancerous vice.

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