INTEGRITY CHAMPION AWARDS 2015

The Integrity Champion Awards are intended to inspire hope and increase direct citizen engagement in the anti-corruption struggles, recognise the power of active citizenship in disrupting corruption and demanding accountability. The Awards reinforce the need to identify and celebrate publicly whistle blowers and ordinary citizens who have taken action, however small, to shine the light of integrity and fight corruption in their own spaces.

The Categories

There are two categories of the Award: one to a public institution and the second to an individual citizen.

Nominee County Why the nominee stands out
Individual
Francis Kahiro Mwangi Nakuru County

Francis Mwangi is the head teacher of Naka Primary School. He has risked his job and life to protect Naka Primary School land from a land grabber. He has been charged in court in an individual capacity but did not relent to protect 10 ha piece of the school’s land. With assistance from Naka Residents Association, he reported the matter to the relevant authorities. As a result of his action, the 10 Ha piece of land was revert back to the school.

Mr. Mwangi is an integrity champion 

Sr. Mary Killeen Nairobi County

Sr. Mary Killeen has continued to advocate for the protection of school land in Nairobi. Since 1999, Sr. Killeen has objected attempts by private developers in collusion with City Council officers to grab school land in Nairobi. She recently blew the whistle on grabbing of land belonging to St. Catherine Primary School in South B and represented the case of school land grabbing to the Pope.

She has been assaulted by the police and her life has been threatened several times. She has selflessly championed for the protection of what rightfully belongs to the most vulnerable members of the society without expecting any reward other than doing what is right. 

Lucy Nyambura Ng’ang’a Nairobi County Lucy Nyambura has continued to advocate for transparency and accountability in the disbursement of funds in Trans Nzoia County Youth Sacco. She has been instrumental in championing for fair and procedural loan evaluation and awarding. She took the lead in successfully pushing for the suspension of the Sacco’s credit committee chair who had been associated with a number of bribery cases in the issuance of loans by the Saccos. The youth Sacco, through Lucy, has grown into a 15 million equity over the last three years of its operations and has fairly and transparently offered 10.6 million youth with friendly and affordable loans. The Sacco’s audit reports have revealed integrity in the Sacco’s operations.
Catherine Waithera Gicheru Nairobi County One of the lesser-known whistleblowers, Catherine Gicheru is a practicing journalist who wrote a series of explosive reports before the 1992 elections. Her scathing articles touched on two things, the involvement of KANU’s power men in the assassination of Ouko, and the corruption schemes to siphon off millions of dollars into a private housing development. Gicheru has been harassed and threatened by thugs due to her whistleblowing campaigns through her writing. Gacheru has been awarded Courage in Journalism Award by the International Women Media Foundation.
Brian Odhiambo Nairobi County Brian went above and beyond the call of a paramedic to sustain the life of the late Mr. Alex Madaga for over 18 hours after hospitals with the ability to save his life denied Alex treatment either because the hospitals did not have ICU bed space or the hospitals demanded cash deposit of Ksh. 200,000 before the accident victim could be admitted. Other than sustaining the life of Mr. Madaga for over 18 hours, Brian's actions and persistence brought to the fore the issues that plague Kenya's health care system.
Institutional
Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG) Nairobi County In addition to standing firm in the defense of Post-Election violence victims and their equal right to justice, AfriCOG continues to produce research that highlight and reveals corruption and other ways through which public resources are either misused or stolen by those entrusted with its protection. Their work has included analysis of the collapse of the state and private institutions as well as actions taken by state and private actors in the privatization of state amenities in ways other than transparent, corruption in the management of football in Kenya. In its convening’s and publications, AfriCOG continues to ask inconvenient questions and shine a light on spaces that few would dare go into.
National Land Commission (NLC) Nairobi County

National Land Commission is mandated by the Constitution of Kenya, 2010 to manage and administrate public lands on behalf national and county governments. NLC has continuously demonstrated its commitment to protect public lands evidenced working with ShuleYangu Campaign to ensure that all public land in Kenya is titled.