From polls to academia, stealing is now the norm

Students celebrate during a past graduation ceremony. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA | NATION MAEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Proper functioning of systems is predicated on most people being honest.
  • From money, to elections to qualifications, stealing is now the normative behaviour in our public realm.
  • There is no system or institution that can work when dishonesty is the norm.

A few weeks ago my friend John Githongo and I were hosted to a town hall meeting on corruption and tribalism by the most friendly, graceful people of Taita Taveta, at which I posed the following question.

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