TEAM COURAGE K.
started this petition to
THE PRESIDENT OF KENYA
In the late
1990s Kenya seemed to face an existential crisis brought about by HIV/AIDS
pandemic. At the time, the rates of HIV transmission were increasing
astronomically and the number of people dying of AIDS was at its peak.
were unsure of the country’s ability to
minimize HIV infection rates. Some even accepted universal HIV infection as the
looming fate of the country.
delayed response, the then leadership took decisive action. In 1999, President Daniel Arap
Moi declared AIDS a national disaster.
In an effort
to increase HIV/AIDS awareness in 2003, President Mwai Kibaki took part in an
anti-AIDS commercial shot on the State House lawn. The following year President Kibaki declared that he was not afraid to get tested for
HIV/AIDS. Perhaps his actions were
inspired by President Mandela’s , who, in 2002, donned a t-shirt that read I am
HIV Positive’ in an effort to end the stigmatization of those living with HIV.
Because of deliberate and diligent efforts made
by the government, AIDS is
no longer a national disaster. It is estimated that 1.6 million Kenyans (6% of the population) are living with HIV/AIDS and 1.1 million
children are orphaned because of the disease.
HIV/AIDS is no longer a national crisis in Kenya, we are currently being
afflicted by a pandemic that affects all 44 million of us. That pandemic is
action is needed.
on how our former leaders addressed HIV/AIDS, we ask President Uhuru Kenyatta
to declare corruption a national disaster and take similar steps to tackle it. By declaring corruption a national disaster
the government will ensure that sufficient resources are allocated to
effectively fight this vice.
We the people are proposing:
1. The establishment of a Corruption
2. Wealth declarations of all State
Officers and Senior Public Officers. The wealth declarations and vetting
will mean that Chapter 6 of the Constitution will automotiaclly weed out the
3. A public website where we can
access wealth declarations for all elected officials and senior civil servants.
4. All State and senior Public Officers
must undergo a public “are you corrupt test” – which will be a forum to explain
how they earned their wealth.
5. The formation of a well paid and
well equipped team of anti-corruption investigators and prosecutors,
independent of executive and political
6. The Chief Justice to ensure that corruption and economic crimes cases are heard by specialist courts . The cases should be expedited and handled swiftly to minimise witness tampering, intimidation, and concealment of the stolen assets.
7. Three months moratorium be given
to people who have stolen from the government or grabbed public assets
a. If the stolen assets are returned
the suspects will be granted amnesty
b. Amnesty be given to people who return money stashed in foreign
countries without questions asked.
8. Reward and protection given to
We call upon President Uhuru Kenyatta to declare corruption a national disaster and to sincerely institute, at minimum some of the steps outlined above.
If you agree with these statements and would like to see them to fruition, sign this petition. On 1st December we shall deliver the signatures to State House, Gate A.
Posted: 11 November 2015 (Updated: 9 February 2017)