< 1 min read. Every other month, Kenyans wake to news headlines of millions of taxpayer shillings being lost or stolen from public coffers. How exactly does this happen? Africa Uncensored got hold of data that, paired with publicly-available information, points us in the direction of the likely perpetrators of this massive fraud of our times.
7 min read. Even without a pecuniary interest in the KNSL transaction, a seamless operation that transfers all the freight logistics to Naivasha is sufficient motivation for Kenyatta to pursue the capture of the terminal as aggressively as he is doing. We may also have our answer as to why the Government is not enticing MSC to Lamu. Kenyatta does not own land there.
22 min read. WACHIRA MAINA examines three major corruption scandals during the Moi, Kibaki and Kenyatta eras that demonstrate how state capture facilitates the massive looting of public funds, and allows the culprits to get away scot-free.
18 min read. The 2010 Constitution promised a brave new Kenya with clean, robust, and efficient institutions. But this promise never materialised. WACHIRA MAINA shows how state institutions, including electoral and judicial bodies, have been deliberately weakened by a system designed to protect the corrupt.
10 min read. In this three-part series, WACHIRA MAINA explains how “state capture elites” have undermined anti-corruption efforts and why, despite decades of reforms and numerous commissions of inquiry, corruption remains an enduring element of Kenyan politics and society.
6 min read. Corruption in Africa is not simply an act of giving or receiving a bribe; it is a form of “primitive accumulation” or “accumulation by dispossession” that hollows out institutions and causes much misery.
7 min read. A royal-backed UK charity, investigates LIONEL FAULL, reveals details that it has been involved in bolstering the regime that runs one of Africa’s most authoritarian and kleptocratic countries.
11 min read. Dams have long fascinated scientists and politicians alike. In the post-independent era of the late 1960s and 1970s, dams became popular in the developing countries seeking to meet the triple challenges of state-building, nation-building and economic development. But too they were exposed as huge corruption scandals that contributed to the systemic over-estimation of their benefits.
11 min read. The political vernacular of corruption has lost its lustre, especially with the millennial generation, who today perceive corruption not as the abuse of public office for private gain but the abuse itself lays in the existence of the public office.
12 min read. For more than two decades, Yahya Jammeh ruled over Gambia. His administration was implicated in widespread human rights abuses and several waves of brutal crackdowns on dissent. And his bizarre personality drew headlines around the world after he gave himself five titles and claimed to be able to cure AIDS.
< 1 min read. How do criminals hide their stolen millions? Dr. Louise Shelley, an expert on illicit financial flows, explains how companies use fake invoices and trade agreements to disguise their laundered sums. This video is part of a series on the Troika Laundromat, a multi-billion-dollar financial system used in part to move money worldwide, evade taxes, and mask other financial crimes.
6 min read. In the last days of 2008, Erich Rebasso, an Austrian lawyer, sent a letter to the main Vienna headquarters of the Federal Criminal Police, the country’s top law enforcement agency. Its purpose was unusual — the father of four young children was blowing the whistle on himself.
< 1 min read. From 2006 through early 2013, billions of dollars moved out of Russia through an elaborate scheme orchestrated by Russia’s largest private investment bank, Troika Dialog. The money was used to pay for luxury goods, make secret investments in state-owned companies, and even pay school tuitions. The system also links some of the most notorious figures in previous financial scandals: people like Sergei Roldugin and companies exposed by now-deceased lawyer Sergei Magnitsky. This massive operation came to light after a leak of more than 1.3 million financial transactions and related documents, representing the largest banking data leak in history. OCCRP partnered with 21 media organizations, including The Guardian in the U.K. and Germany’s Suddeutsche Zeitung newspapers to investigate.
10 min read. The Laundromat wasn’t just a money laundering system. It was also a hidden investment vehicle, a slush fund, a tax evasion scheme, and much more.
5 min read. Last December, I went to Ethiopia for a networking event, the South-South Media Lab. At Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, I must have dropped my yellow fever vaccination card somewhere; I can’t be sure. So when our plane landed at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) on 13th December 2018, I confidently took my passport […]
< 1 min read. In a conversation with The Elephant, Dr David Ndii meticulously outlines the political economy of Kenya since its inception to its current arrangement and vividly constructs scenarios on how it will unfold in light of the current political and economic configuration. The talk took place on 11th December 2018 and was hosted by the Africa Leadership Centre of King's College, University of London.
9 min read. There are virtually no banks owned by Ugandan Africans left in the country. By KALUNDI SERUMAGA
16 min read. As Western donors make nice with the government and abandon Kenya’s vocal civil society organisations, can social media ride to the rescue of citizen activism? By RASNA WARAH
< 1 min read. Between 2014-16, over 70% of all government entities did not receive a clean bill of health from the Auditor General for their spending. On average, 11% of them had financial records so bad that the OAG could not access them. pic.twitter.com/kIG6Fdq2CY — Odipo Dev (@OdipoDev) October 10, 2018 Odipodev is a data analytics and research […]
5 min read. If personal responsibility is cultivated as a shared civic virtue, there are higher chances of producing more honest leaders and law-abiding citizens. By ANTOINETTE KANKINDI
5 min read. The Open Government Partnership (OGP) was the most coherent foray by the Obama administration into good governance and anti-corruption in the developing world and elsewhere. Kenya is a vanguard country of the OGP in this region. Elements of this initiative are already being rolled out. In light of the current campaign against corruption their impact remains to be seen. BY KORIR SING’OEI
9 min read. A De-Africanisation of the debate about fraud in the region is due; indeed, the relationship between capitalism and fraud deserves far more analytical attention than it receives to-date. By JÖRG WIEGRATZ
< 1 min read. Africa Uncensored's John-Allan Namu recently sat down with economist David Ndii to discuss the latest efforts by the government to fight corruption in our ongoing collaboration with The Elephant.
< 1 min read. First published on 10th April 2016 by Africa Uncensored. 11.5 Million Dollars. It's a staggering figure. That's enough to pay the school fees of 811,000 Kenyan Primary School Children for one year. Yet this is what is extorted from hundreds of thousands of hawkers and informal traders in Kenya's capital city, Nairobi, every year. Many of these people earn 100 dollars or less every month. Behind this extortion are officers working for Nairobi City's government. Officers who operate with impunity, and often use deadly violence against the hawkers. This is part two of an Africa Uncensored, Kanjo Kingdom.
< 1 min read. First published on 4th April 2016 by Africa Uncensored. This first episode of "Kanjo Kingdom" begins an in-depth investigation into an extortion ring ran by officers from Nairobi City County's notorious Inspectorate department. Every month, officers from this department fleece hundreds of thousands of hawkers and informal traders of up to one million dollars.
8 min read. No state in sub-Saharan Africa has a better organised anti-corruption infrastructure than Kenya. In a society where theft is a political strategy normalised among wananchi, Uhuru Kenyatta’s latest push against graft may end up being no more than a fig leaf to secure an uncertain legacy unless he starts to unravel sixty years worth of ossified patronage-related relationships. By JOHN GITHONGO
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8 min read. The Church in Kenya struggles in silence while endemic corruption ravages the public and private sectors of the country. On this matter, I’d rather lament with Prophet Jeremiah when he supplicated the appalling backsliding of his people by asking: “Is there no Balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why is the wound of my […]
< 1 min read. At Sh3 trillion (US$29 billion), Kenya’s budget for the 2018/2019 financial year is the highest spending plan in Kenya’s financial history, an increase of 10% from the previous financial year. According to Treasury, just over half or Sh1.74 trillion (US$19 billion) will be raised through taxes and government fees while another Sh558 billion will be raised from […]
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13 min read. On the evening of the day that saw twenty National Youth Service (NYS) officials arraigned in court to answer charges of institutional corruption, I went to see one of the lawyers who had been in court and who spoke to me on the condition that I would not disclose her identity. She was nonplussed about […]
11 min read. In an apparent move to stem the corruption scourge that has infested virtually every government department, President Uhuru Kenyatta recently directed all public servants and politicians, including members of his own cabinet, to undergo lifestyle audits. The intention, presumably, is to determine whether state officials have used their positions to acquire ill-gotten wealth. The question […]
10 min read. At Sh3 trillion, anyway you cut it, Kenya’s recently unveiled national budget is a monster. It is bigger than the combined budgets of the other four East Africa Community countries. It is nearly double the then record-breaking budget unveiled in the first year of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s first term. To finance it, the government plans […]
15 min read. In the past, opening a bank account in Kenya was an elaborate and tedious affair. It was akin to applying for a job: you presented your “curriculum vitae” to bank officials who would determine your fitness as a financially serviceable client. There were forms to be filled (in duplicate) that captured details such as date […]
5 min read. In late February this year, eight individuals were charged in Tanzania with the horrific murder of Wayne Lotter, an anti-poaching investigator who was killed in August last year. The targeted execution of the renowned conservationist and founder of the PAMS Foundation exposed just how far poaching networks can go to protect their criminal trade – […]
< 1 min read. In the second installment of our new series in collaboration with Africa Uncensored, John-Allan Namu talks with renowned economist Dr David Ndii on the war on corruption in the wake of the famous handshake between NASA leader Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta.
7 min read. A few months ago, when the #MeToo movement was gaining momentum globally, I wrote that the movement was not likely to have a significant impact on the United Nations because the global body is immune to criticism and because those UN staff members who have the courage to report sexual harassment or abuse are more […]
< 1 min read. From our estimates, close to 10% of stories told about Kenya in international media outlets this year were to do with corruption. Essentially meaning that corruption has become part of our national identity. Kenyan media have uncovered over 40 scandals since 2013, have a look.. pic.twitter.com/3MrKUJT11T — Odipo Dev (@OdipoDev) June 3, 2018 Explore the corruption […]
12 min read. In Kenya, corruption conjures up images of a favourite pair of well-worn and spit-polished shoes that one cannot bear to throw out. We roll the word on our tongues and give it pet names, such as scandals, hustling, deals, cat-walking, growing legs, eating and kitu kidogo, to name a few. The word “theft” is rarely […]
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4 min read. As President Daniel arap Moi’s rule came to an end, demonstrations of public exhaustion with his long stupefying tenure started to manifest more and more starkly on the ground. Fear of the old man melted away with his authority. One incident in the run-up to the 2002 election saw ordinary wananchi stone his motorcade in […]
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7 min read. “I think the corruption of Africa is taken totally out of context, Africa is no more corrupt than any other place around us. For every African leader who is corrupt, we have a 1000 European, American, Chinese business people who are corrupt, where are those guys? Why only talk about African corruption? What about the […]
11 min read. As a Nigerian, the greatest scorn often finds you when you argue for Nigeria. Other Nigerians will mock you, denounce you as impractical or a dreamer, when you say that Nigeria is where your future lies. But why? Nigeria as a heritage that separates the Nigerian from the Black American is awarded a loud (though […]
< 1 min read. On Madaraka Day 2017, President Uhuru Kenyatta launched the region’s most expensive public works project – the controversial Standard Gauge Railway. Its been the subject of debate for some time… Kiriro wa Ngugi’s take on the SGR
< 1 min read. The Elephant in conversation with Edward Ouko, Auditor General of the Republic of Kenya
8 min read. Luanda, Angola – Recently, I was flagged down by a traffic policeman seeking a ride back to the station after finishing his shift in one of Luanda’s main thoroughfares.Candidly, he explained his predicament: The pick-up vehicle had broken down. Angolans being more used to seeing traffic cops stopping cars to check papers or negotiate a petty […]
11 min read. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania – THE STRATEGY: CHANGING HEADS JPM’s key policy concerns are tackling official waste and corruption, enhancing tax compliance, and creating large numbers of jobs through industrialisation. In the past 12 months, he has dismissed numerous senior officials in central and local government and state corporations for suspected corruption or poor performance, removed […]
8 min read. Capetown, South Africa – Of all the controversies swirling round the figure of President Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma aka Msholozi – his clan praise name – probably the best known and most discussed around South Africa is the issue of his super controversial Nkandla homestead. More than the 783 corruption charges reinstated in April this year after […]