On my last post ,I was working on the effects of climate change on marine life .Today I will be dealing with the relationship between drought ,climate change and corruption.
Corruption is the dishonest and fraudulent conduct by those in power ,typically involving bribery .For instance ,Kenya is a country located in the horn of Africa ,though it is an economic powerhouse, it is being faced by an ongoing drought which has been further fueled by the political climate and failure of policies which has been in place to curb the occurrence of a drought.
Today I am going to discuss a region found in Kenya which has been affected by drought for long . The region is about 500 kilometres from Kenya's capital ,Nairobi. The county is known as Turkana county inhabited by the Turkana community .The main reason for the worsening state of drought is the disconnect between the capital from where the decisions concerning each county are made.
The second factor that has contributed by far to the bad state of drought in Turkana is the negligence or rather tribalism ad isolation of the county.The county has been long been neglected despite the climate of the place being harsh for any kind of income generating activity such as agriculture and trade.Despite aids from Kenyans who contribute dry foods in movements such as 'Kenyans for Kenyans' the relief does not get to the intended recipients as it is sold to business people who store it only to sell the food to those affected by drought at a higher cost exploiting them.
The county receives its share when it comes to the allocation of funds to the counties by the national government and even receives some extra money as the equalization fund ,often given to poor counties to bring them close to the other developed counties.The problem comes in when the county government is making its decisions.A good and stable government should prioritise the most of basic needs to human life other than concentrating on development such as roads and lighting.
Kenya as a country has a place on the world map when it comes to corruption and to be honest,corruption has its roots in the 47 counties making the country.The county(Turkana county) has lost over 56,000,000 shillings to corrupt officials serving in the government.Some of the money is as donations from NGO's and individuals whose main aim is to help the residents of this county out of mercy.
As I wrap up my post,corruption is the backbone of all evils happening in the country especially Kenya. The country needs to come up with legislations to punish people in the government and in the private sector who indulge themselves in corrupt practices.