AO. Poor record keeping as reason corruption can thrive

AO: Mnjama (2003) seems to suggest that archival sites are important for accountability of the government and civil servants. He views public record keeping and archives as a mechanism for greater transparency and sees the National Archives as playing a key role in training and oversight of smaller archives within the government. He sees this as the real value that KNA could offer (so that it doesn't just become a "purely cultural institution" or dumping ground for documents).

In his conclusion, he mentions: "Poor record keeping has been cited as one of the major areas through which corruption has been thriving." He provocatively asks: "Is this an indication of the National Archives' failure to play its supervisory role effectively, arguing that "perhaps the time has come for them to assume a leading role in auditing records management practices throughout the entire Civil Service, comparable with what the Auditor-General's office is presently doing." He cautions: "Failure to do so many result in the National Archives remaining a purely cultural institution, with no meaningful role to play in assisting the government to achieve its objective of being transparent and accountable to the public through effective management of its vast quantities of information holdings." (100)


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