President Jakaya Kikwete yesterday signed a declaration to combat corruption and promote ethics in the public and private sector as part of wider efforts to improve good governance. The head of state signed three integrity pledges for public servants and representatives of the private sector, who will now commit themselves to the national plan to deal with unethical conduct in governance and doing business.
Speaking at a ceremony at State House, President Kikwete said the move was a game-changer in the government’s efforts to root out corruption. “Grand corruption kills the national economy and petty corruption is a nuisance,” Mr Kikwete said, referring to earlier efforts to eliminate the vice through the anti-corruption units under the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau. For decades, corruption and ethical misconduct have been considered a challenge for the public and civil servants but not the private sector. It is now an open secret that the private sector is also prone to corruption and other ethical issues.
With yesterday’s signing of the declaration, Tanzania will for the first time have a document that covers both public and private sectors.
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