Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki says he will appoint a corruption-free Cabinet if he wins re-election in a national poll later this month.

Mr. Kibaki made the promise Wednesday in an address to thousands of people celebrating Kenya's Independence Day. He said a "clean hands" cabinet is necessary to restore confidence in the country's politics and uphold the trust Kenyans place in their government.

Corruption has played a central role in the campaigns leading up to the December 27 election. Critics of President Kibaki say he has failed to control corruption in Kenya since coming to power in 2002.

Recent voter surveys indicate that Mr. Kibaki is trailing his main opposition challenger, Raila Odinga.

Other surveys show that a majority of Kenyan voters are skeptical the presidential and parliamentary elections can be free and fair.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.