The Litany of Corruption in Kenya

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By Kenya Confidential Corruption Affairs Editor, Nairobi, October 29, 2019

United Nations Issues Landmark Declaration Against Corruption and Bribery as Kenya comes face to face with dire consequences of decades of freewheeling graft and extravagance.

The United Nations has issued a new and forceful “Declaration against corruption and bribery in international commercial transactions” which can pave the way for enhanced international action against the socio-economic evil in international business transactions.

The U.N. declaration, approved by consensus in the Economic and Social Council and in the General Assembly condemns all corrupt practices, endorses work in numerous international fora now to curb corruption and it calls for a series of actions by the U.N. itself. “These actions can complement ones already moving ahead in other international organizations and can provide them with additional impetus, while at the same time broadening cooperation to curb corruption among all members of the United Nations

The actions, as summarized by Transparency International in the new declaration include:-

  • All U.N. Member States are requested to take measures and cooperate at all levels to combat corruption and bribery in international commercial transactions.
  • The Economic and Social Council and its subsidiary bodies, notably the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, are requested to find ways to promote the criminalization of corruption and bribery in international commercial transactions.
  • Other U.N. organizations, notably the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, are encouraged to now proceed with initiatives in the anti-bribery area.
  • Securing public awareness through the office of the U.N. Secretary-General of the new resolution and of the need for global anti-corruption actions.
  • The U.N. declaration also calls on the Secretary-General to prepare a report for the next session of the General Assembly on actions being pursued within the U.N. and by Member States to curb corruption in international commercial transactions.

The battle against corruption is vital to the success of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Kenya.

Kenyans are a worried lot about economy and Corruption, but optimistic for the future even as mega Corruption and graft cases in Kenya escalate by the day and many more remain buried in bureaucratic graves.

Besides economic concerns, government corruption is broadly viewed as a major problem in the country. And while Kenyans name corruption as one of the top priorities to address, they see little hope for substantial improvement even as their government is forced to trim its budget by over 130 billion shillings in 2019/2020 fiscal year.

Despite these concerns about key development challenges in their country, Kenyans remain optimistic for the future, especially people younger than 35. In particular, Kenyans think education and health care as two development issues the public names as priorities for the country – will be much better when kids today come of age. And despite widespread dissatisfaction with political corruption, a majority still says ordinary citizens can have an influence on the government.

While Kenyans are generally optimistic about the future, they still say a range of development issues pose serious challenges for their country today. At the top of the list, with at least eight-in-ten Kenyans saying each is a very big problem, are government corruption (91%), economic issues such as a lack of employment opportunities (87%) and poverty (86%), and crime (82%).

Corruption in the post-colonial government of Kenya has a history which spans the era of the Jomo Kenyatta and Daniel arap Moi‘s KANU governments, Mwai Kibaki‘s PNU government and the current Uhuru Kenyatta‘s Jubilee Party government. In the Corruption Perceptions Index 2012 Kenya is ranked 139th out of 176 countries for corruption, tied with AzerbaijanNepalNigeria, and Pakistan (least corrupt countries are at the top of the list)

BEFORE 1990

  • The first corruption incident in Kenya is widely regarded as the Ngei maize scandal of 1965Paul Ngei, an independence hero and at the time the Minister for Marketing and Cooperatives, was involved in a maize scandal that caused a national maize shortage. The Commission of Maize Inquiry, the first of its kind in independent Kenya, found that Ngei’s wife, Emma was getting preferential treatment for her business, Emma Stores (Uhuru Millers of Kangundo) through which she bought maize directly from farmers, which was illegal at the time.
  • Between 1975 and 1980 the Ksh 75 million phantom KenRen Factory at Mombasa revealed by the Daily Nation winning Journalism of the Year, Kenneth Bolton Award for veteran investigative journalist Blamuel Njururi. The crooks behind the phantom factory later sued the Kenya government, the Attorney General Amos Wako failed to defend it and the government paid unspecified amount of cash during dictator Daniel Moi regime into Mwai Kibaki presidency that was never disclosed to Kenyans.
  • Three years later while writing for Nairobi Times Blamuel exposed public land grabbing scandal at Ngong involving so-called “private developer” allocated 200 acres of Veterinary Research land to build the Halal abattoir. The so-calle private developers sued the Kenya Government and the case dragged in courts for years on end.
  • Between 1986 and 1991 the construction of the Turkwell Hydroelectric Power Station was riddled with claims of corruption. The dam was eventually built at three times the estimated cost, twice the allocated amount and producing energy significantly below capacity
Turkwell Gorge dam corruption beneficiaries included Nicholas Biwott and George Saitoti

1990–1999

  • The longest-running scandal is the Goldenberg scandal, where the Kenyan government subsidized exports of gold, paying exporters in Kenyan Shillings (Sh) 35% over their foreign currency earnings. In this case, the gold was smuggled from Congo. The Goldenberg scandal cost Kenya the equivalent of more than 10% of the country’s annual GDP.
  • Sh360 million helicopter servicing contract in South Africa. Military officers had argued that the contract was too extravagant and servicing the helicopters could be done locally. Kenya Air Force (KAF) went ahead to spend Sh108 million as a down payment for servicing the Puma helicopters, whose tail number is logged as 418 at Denel Aviation, a South African firm.

2000–2009

  • In 2003, military was split over plans to buy new Czech fighter jets. The plan to buy the jet fighters would have cost taxpayers Sh12.3 billion.
  • A Sh4.1 billion Navy ship deal. A Navy project was given to Euromarine, a company associated with Anura Pereira, the tender awarded in a process that has been criticized as irregular. The tender was worth Sh4.1 billion. Military analysts say a similar vessel could have been built for Sh1.8 billion.
  • Supply Of Mahindra Jeeps:- Chamanlal Kamani had been involved in a Mahindra Jeeps Motor Vehicle supplycontract,as Kamsons Motors. Kampsons tendered for the supply of Mahindra Jeeps to the Police Department in the mid 1990s for close to Sh1 million (US$13,000) each, at a time when showrooms would have charged customers a sixth of the price. Moreover, the vehicles were being bought for a government department and were therefore imported duty-free. Few of the more than 1,000 units that were imported over several years are in service today.
  • CID Forensic Laboratory:-The Kamanis were also involved in a deal to build a CID forensic laboratory. On 7 June 2004 an amount of $4.7 millionwas wired back. The payment was a refund against the money paid for the Criminal Investigations Department forensic laboratory. Another euro 5.2 million was paid back in respect of the E-cop project, which involved computerization of the police force and the installation of spy cameras in Nairobi by Infotalent Systems Private Limited. 
  • Supply of Boilers Project:-The Prisons department lost $3 million after contracting Hallmark International, a company associated with Deepak Kamani of Kamsons Motors, for the supply of 30 boilers. Only half of the boilers were delivered – from India and not the United States as had been agreed.
  • Nexus Project By Nedermar BV Technologies;-The construction of Nexus, a secret military communication centre in Karen, Nairobi. The Government spent Sh2.6 billion (US$36.9 million)to construct the complex. Three years later, military personnel have not moved into the centre. A phantom company, Nedermar BV Technologies, which is said to have its headquarters in the Netherlands, implemented the secret project situated along Karen South Road. Nedermar is linked to businessman Anura Pereira.However, Pereira has denied this.
  • The tendering process for the Nexus project was circumvented as DoD’s Departmental Tender Committee. Funding for the project was made through the Ministry of Transport and Communications. The complex is currently headed by Colonel Philip Kameru. Nexus was first meant to be an ammunition dumpsite before it was turned into a military communication and operations centre. Construction continued without any site visits by either the DoD staff or Ministry of Public Works officials. The Nexus project was implemented during the tenure of General Joseph Kibwana.
  • Passport Equipment System Project Corruption Scandal by Saagar Associates:-In 2005 plans to buy a sophisticated £20 million passport equipment system from France, as government wanted to replace its passport printing system, created conditions for corruption scandal. The transaction was originally quoted at 6 million eurosfrom François Charles Oberthur of Paris (a supplier of Visa and MasterCards) but was awarded to a British firm, the Anglo-Leasing and Finance Company Limited, at 30 million euros, who would have sub-contracted the same French firm to do the work.
  • Despite the lack of competitive tendering Anglo Leasing was paid a “commitment fee” of more than £600,000. Anglo Leasing’s agent is a Liverpool-based firm, Saagar Associates,owned by a woman whose family has enjoyed close links with senior officials in the Moi regime. Company records show Saagar Associatesis owned by Mrs Sudha Ruparell, a 47-year-old Kenyan woman. Ruparell is the daughter of Chamanlal Kamani, the multimillionaire patriarch of a business family that enjoyed close links with senior officials in the Moi regime. Anglo Leasing made a repayment of euro 956,700 through a telegraphic transfer from Schroeder & Co Bank AG, Switzerland on 17 May 2004. 

The local chapter of Transparency International and the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR), a government body released a report in February 2006, stating that between January 2003 and September 2004, the National Rainbow Coalition government spent about $12-million on cars that were mostly for the personal use of senior government officials. The vehicles included 57 Mercedes-Benz, as well as Land CruisersMitsubishi PajerosRange RoversNissan Terranos and Nissan Patrols. The $12-million substantially exceeded what the government spent over the 2003/04 financial year on controlling malaria – “the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in Kenya”, says the report.

  • The KTN Raid Scandal:In late February 2006, the newspaper The Standard ran a story claiming that president Mwai Kibaki and senior opposition figure Kalonzo Musyoka had been holding secret meetings. On 2 March at 1:00 am local time (2200 UTC on the 1st), masked gunmen carrying AK-47s raided multiple editorial offices of The Standard, and of its television station KTN. They kicked and beat staff members, forcibly took computers and transmission equipment, burned all the copies of the 2 March edition of the newspaper, and damaged the presses. At KTN, they shut down the power, putting the station off the air. Initially, the Kenyan information minister claimed no knowledge of the raid, but it has since revealed that Kenyan police were responsible.
  • The Ministry of the Internal Security later stated that the incident was to safeguard state security. “If you rattle a snake you must be prepared to be bitten by it,” John Michuki said. Three journalists at The Standard, arrested after the critical story was printed, are still being held without charge. The story now also features the bizarre case of two Armenian businessmen, mocked in the press for their taste for heavy gold chains, watches and rings, referred to as Mercenaries, who the opposition says led the raid and had shady dealings with Kibaki’s government. 
  • Banking Fraud Scam Scandal:-In November 2006, the government was accused of failing to act on a banking fraud scam worth $1.5bninvolving money laundering and tax evasion, reported by whistle-blowers as early as 2004. Investigators believe sums worth 10% of Kenya’s national income are involved. A recent auditor’s report says the scale of the operations “threatens the stability of the Kenyan economy”.
  • In November 2006, British Foreign Office minister Kim Howells warned, that corruption in Kenya is increasing the UK’s exposure to drug trafficking and terrorism. “People can be bought, right from the person who works at the docks in Mombasa up to the government. (…) This weakness has been recognised by drug-traffickers and probably by terrorists too.” Said Howells for the BBC
  • GBP 1 billion Transfer Looting Scandal:On 31 August 2007, The Guardian newspaper featured on its front page a story about more than GBP 1 billion transferred out of Kenya by the family and associates of former Kenyan leader Daniel arap Moi. The Guardian sourced the information from the WikiLeaks article The looting of Kenya under President Moi and its analysis of a leaked investigative document (“the Kroll report”) prepared for the Kibaki government in 2004 to try to recover money stolen during Moi’s rule.[21]
  • Grand Corruption:On 2007-09-06 parliament passed the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill, restricting investigations by the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission to offences committed prior to May 2003, excluding the Goldenberg and Anglo-Leasing scandals and other major cases.
  • The move was condemned by anti-corruption campaigners; Mwalimu Mati, former chief executive of the Transparency International Kenya Chapter, declared that “grand corruption has swallowed the government and parliament that Kenyans elected to fight it in 2002”.In response to public outrage generated by the move, President Kibaki announced that he would veto the bill.
  • Ksh. 500 million Kenyan shilling Payroll Fraud at Egerton University:In September 2007, WikiLeaks released documents exposing a 500 million Kenyan shilling payroll fraud at Egerton University and subsequent cover up, now the subject of ongoing legal dispute in the High Court.
  • Charter House Scandal:On 28 September 2007, WikiLeaks released 28 investigative documents exposing a US$1.5 billion money laundering fraud by Charterhouse Bank Ltdwhich was widely re-reported. 
  • The Grand Regency Scandal:-In June 2008, the Grand Regency Scandal broke, wherein the Central Bank of Kenya is alleged to have secretly sold a luxury hotel in Nairobi to an unidentified group of Libyan investors for more than 4 billion Kenyan Shillings (approx US $60 million) below the appraised market value. Finance Minister Amos Kimunya negotiated the sale, and was censured in a near-unanimous motion by the Kenyan Parliament, though he vehemently denies the charges.
Grand Regency grand corruption
  • This follows on the heels of the Safaricom IPO, overseen by Kimunya, which has been alternatively praised and questioned for possible corruption in the execution of the sale. Safaricom is the largest mobile phone service provider in Kenya, having operated with a near-government monopoly for many years. The government of Kenya sold its 50% stake in Safaricom in the IPO.
  • Sale Of Imported Maize Scandal:In January 2009, a scandal became public over the sale of imported maize.
  • Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC)Triton Oil Scandal:-The 2009 Triton Oil Scandal regarding the unauthorized releasing of oil by Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) without informing financiers became public in January 2009.

2010–PRESENT

  • Japan Land Scandal:-In October 2012, allegations surfaced that top Foreign Affairs ministry officials ignored land offered by Japan that could have saved the country loss of Sh1.1 billion. The scandal led to the resignation of the then Foreign Affairs Minister Moses Wetangula.
  • OTT Technologies (Pty) LtdDOD Bribery Scandal:– In October 2010, the Department of Defence uncovered a bribery scandal involving senior Kenya Defence Force Officers in the corrupt Sh1.6 billion purchase of armoured personnel carriers from South African company OTT Technologies (Pty) Ltd. Minister of Defence Yusuf Haji retired several high-ranking officers in January 2011  accused of taking bribes by OTT Technologies (Pty) Ltd, and the matter was referred for further investigation to Parliament.
  • The September 2012 Report on Military Modernization Programmes by the Departmental Committee on Defence and Foreign Relations found that the irregular procurement of the PUMA M26 armoured carriers had violated multiple sections of the Public Procurement Act 2005, that OTT Technologies (Pty) Ltd’s business partners in Kenya had been identified by the US Government as being involved in international crime and drugs smuggling, and recommended that OTT Technologies (Pty) Ltd be barred from doing any business with the Government of Kenya in the future. In 2014, the same company was accused by the government of Mozambique of irregular tax and export control activities in the transport of similar armoured carriers through Mozambique for onward trafficking into Africa. 

Listed below are a number of companies that won security-related contracts:-

PayeePurposeAmount (millions)SignatoriesDate signed
Anglo LeasingForensic LAB – CIDUS$54.56PS-Treasury
PS-Internal Security OP
16 August 2001
Silverson EstablishmentSecurity VehiclesUSD 90PS-Treasury
PS-Internal Security OP
16 August 2001
Apex FinancePolice SecurityUSD 30PS-Treasury
PS-Internal Security OP
9 February 2002
LBA SystemsSecurity-METUSD 35PS-Treasury7 June 2002
Apex FinancePolice SecurityUSD 31.8PS-Treasury
PS-Internal Security OP
14 June 2002
Universal SatspaceSatellite ServicesUSD 28.11PS-Treasury
PS-Transport
11 July 2002
First MechantilePolice SecurityUSD 11.8PS-Treasury
PS-Transport
11 July 2002
Apex Finance CorpPolice SecurityUSD 12.8PS-Treasury
PS-Internal Security OP
12 July 2002
LBA SystemsPrison securityUSD 29.7PS-Treasury19 November 2002
NedemarSecurityUSD 36.9PS-Treasury
PS-Transport
19 November 2002
Midland BankPolice securityUSD 49.65PS-Treasury29 May 2003
Naviga CapitalOceanographic vesselEUR 26.6PS-Treasury15 July 2003
EmpressaOceanographic vesselEUR 15PS-Treasury15 July 2003
EuromarineOceanographic vesselEUR 10.4PS-Treasury15 July 2003
InfotalentPolice securityEUR 59.7PS-Treasury
PS-Internal Security OP
19 November 2003
Apex Finance CorpPolice securityEUR 40PS-Treasury
PS-Internal Security OP
17 December 2003
Ciaria Systems IncDesign, maintain satellite NSISUSD 44.56PS Treasury
Director NSIS
20 January 2004

Current Top biggest corruption scandals implicating high flying government officials and which were never resolved. 

  • The NCPB Maize Scandal(KSh 1.9billion)This is one of the latest corruption cases in which KSh 1.9 billion was allegedly stolen in a conspiracy between the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) officials and unscrupulous traders. Several senior officials, including the NCPB’s CEO were on Monday, May 21, sent on compulsory leaver to pave way for investigations 
  • The first National Youth Service (NYS) scandal (KSh 791million) The first NYS graft scandal unfolded in 2015 and a number of high profile state officials, including the then Devolution Cabinet Secretary, currently Kirinyaga County Governor, Anne Waiguru, were implicated. In this scandal, KSh 791 million was reported to have gone missing from the youth empowerment progremme. Also mentioned adversely in the 2015 NYS scam was one Josephine Kabura. The suspects were many, but none was convicted. Courts cited lack of evidence as the reason why the suspects could not be jailed. 
  • The second National Youth Service (NYS) scandal(KSh 9billion). The second NYS scam, which is also touted as the biggest in the history of the youth empowerment programme, was exposed by one of the local dailies on May 12, 2018. Initially, KSh 10.5 billion was reported to have been stolen at the NYS, but the figure was later revised to KSh 9 billion. Over 40 suspects were summoned by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) for questioning as senior officials stepped aside to pave way for investigations. Investigations on this case are ongoing. 
  • The Afya House Scandal(KSh 5billion)The Afya House scandal exploded at the Ministry of Health in October 2016. A leaked internal audit report revealed over KSh 5 billion was allegedly stolen by senior officials at the ministry. Investigations were launched into the alleged heist but no one was jailed or arrested. The then Health CS Cleopa Mailu denied the allegations that billions of taxpayers’ money got lost.
  • Galana and Mwea Irrigation Scheme Scandal(KSh 3.5billion).The initially well-intentioned multi-billion food security project was hit by graft allegations that saw a number of senior officials of the National Irrigation Board (NIB) sent packing and budget for the project significantly slashed. The NIB came under sharp scrutiny after the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) reportedly discovered the board awarded 15 irregular tenders worth KSh 953 million. With the government having scaled down funding for the project, it eventually collapsed. At the end of it all, the KSh 3.5 billion that was allocated for the Galana project in the 2015/16 budget amounted to nothing. 
  • Evans Kidero Foundation Scandal(KSh 2.7billion)A non-governmental organization (NGO) linked to former Nairobi County Governor Evans Kidero also made it to the list of corruption scandals in 2016. The NGO was put under investigation after KSh 2.7 billionwas allegedly found in its bank accounts. The ex-governor was allegedly hard-pressed to explain where the billions came from. Some sources alleged the cash belonged to the Nairobi County government.
  • The Chickengate Scandal(KSh 59 million)Britain’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) in January 2016 handed over to Kenya a dossier in which a UK security printing firm, Smith & Ouzman, was accused of bribing IEBC officials to win tender, prior to the March 2013 general elections. The dossier included data used by the British authorities to prosecute directors of Smith & Ouzman for paying out bribes, code-named chicken, amounting to KSh 59 million to the IEBC officials. IEBC’s former CEO James Oswago and three other suspects were arrested and charged in connection with the Chickengate scandal. Oswago was however later released on bail. The case is still dragging 13 years later whereas the British culprits were investigated, arrested, tries and jailed. They served their term and are out.
  • The Goldenberg Scandal(KSh 100billion).The infamous Goldenberg saga was a political scandal in the Kenyan government. In this scheme, the government allegedly subsidized exports of gold far beyond the standard arrangements during the 1990s, by paying Goldenberg International, a company owned by billionaire Kamlesh Pattni and ex-Spy Chief James Kanyotu, 35% more than the country’s foreign currency earnings. Although the scheme appeared as if it was intended to earn hard currency for the country, it was estimated to had cost Kenya the equivalent of more than 10% of the country’s annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Forensic auditor Melville Smith, who testified at the Goldenberg Commission of Inquiry that was appointed to unravel the scheme, estimated that the country lost up to KSh 100billion.
  • The Anglo-Leasing Scandal.The Anglo Leasing scandal was government procurement facilitated scam. The scandal allegedly started in 1997 when the then KANU government wanted to replace its passport printing system but came to light after revelation by a government official in 2002. The Anglo-leasing scam was one of the many corrupt deals that were inherited from the KANU regime by the subsequent governments. 
  • The Eurobond Scandal(KSh 215billion) The Eurobond scandal was exposed by the former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and later confirmed by the Auditor General, Edward Ouko, who in 2016 claimed KSh 215 billion could not be accounted for. Eurobond was a foreign loan taken by the government to fund mega development projects. The government indeed insisted the controversial foreign loan was used to fund projects under different ministries. 
  • At Kenya Pipeline Company (KSh.2billion), a Sh2 billion scandal triggered the arrest of former MD Joe Sang, company secretary Gloria Khafafa, supply chain manager Vincent Cheruiyot, infrastructure manager Billy Aseka and procurement manager Nicholas Gitobu.They were accused of spending close to Sh2 billion to construct the Kisumu Oil Jettywhich was way above the budgeted amount.
  • At the National Health Insurance Fund (KSh.1billion), it was estimated that close to Sh1billion might have been stolen in fictitious transactions, irregular award of tenders and manipulation of systems.

Mega projects and schemes that were also riddled with graft allegations include:- 

  • Ksh.38billionIntrigue behind 30billion counties medical equipment, yet to be received. 
  • KSh314.2 billionStandard Gauge Tendering Scandal (shrouded inflated Chinese single sourcing).
  • KSh. 53 billionLaptop tendering rejected by court, whereabouts of money already allocated by parliament unknown.
  • KSh. 8billionKaren Land saga involving 40mps.
  • KSh475billionIrregular Lamu Coal project award (a company that did not even submit a proposal at the RFP stage).
  • Ksh10billionGDC tendering scandal.
  • K Sh55.6 billionJKIA New Terminal irregular tendering Scandal through KAA.
  • GDC 60Billionfailed oil drill well
  • Kshs 50MChicken gate IEBC scandal 
  • KSh. 8 billionKaren Land Saga Involving 40mps.
  • Ksh38 BillionMedical Import Irregular Leasing Scandal.
  • Ksh. 4.5 BillionMasai Mara Narok KAPS Revenue collection Scandal (Ruto).
  • Ksh. 15 BillionCCTV Single sourced to Safaricom Scandal.
  • Ksh. 1.3Billion irregular drug haul ship explosion.
  • Kshs 100 million Hustlers Jet Scandal.
  • Ksh. 3 billion Uhuru Anglo leasing payout reward.
  • $550 million and 135 million Goodyear convicted in the USA for 1.5 Billion and 135 million bribes to senior government officials. The forced digital migration and secret. PANG 10% local shareholding muscling into projected $550M revenue in advertising next year
  • KSh.20 billion UKUTABerg Scandal – Kenya – Somalia border wallturns out to be barbed wire fence.
  • Ksh.7 billion Galana irrigation scheme scandal. (Project Suspended)
  • Ksh 10 billion Waitiki Likoni Land Saga NLC.
  • Ksh 7-11 billionKAA Shops Scandal:- Kamlesh pattni’s shops payment saga, blames CS in Pattni shops saga.
  • Sh419 millionSubstandard Transformer Scandal that rocked Kenya Power.  
  • Sh221.3 million:-National Land Commission chairman Muhammad Swazuri and Kenya Railways MD Atanas Maina were charged alongside 16 co-accused with conspiracy to defraud the government of Ksh221.3 million
  • KSh.283 Cemetery Land Scandal: Two jailed over Nairobi Sh283m cemetery land scandal
  • Ksh.1millionBungoma wheelbarrow procurement team put on defence
  • Ksh2.6 billionNSSF Scandal: How NSSF gifted EACC officials with houses, tenders to stop corruption investigations.
  • Ksh.11.5 billionNSSF Housing Scandal: NSSF members could lose Sh11.5bn in Hazina Tower stalled project.
  • Ksh.1.6billion NSSF lost Shares Scandal 
  • Ksh.238million Parking Fee Scandal; Queries after City Hall fails to account for Sh238m parking fees
  • KSh.538 Million Kenya-Rio-Olympic Scandal:- Betrayal in Rio: How mismanagement has left our heroes fuming
  • Ksh.180million Youth Fund Scandal: Youth Fund boss at centre of Sh180m scandal resigns
  • Ksh.2.9billion Grand Regency Scandal: Pattni firm claims Sh2bn from CBK over Grand Regency
  • Sh7.6b Triton oil scandal still remains unresolved
  • KSh.164-200 billion Lamu Coal Project :Chinese company challenges award of Sh164bn Lamu coal plant tender
  • Ksh. 34billionBank Controversy: Collapsed Imperial Bank depositors demand payment.
  • Sh63billion Dam Corruption Scandal: Kenya’s Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich was set to face charges in court Tuesday in a Sh63 billion corruption investigation, signaling the government’s strongest indication on the resolve to fight graft.
  • KSh40.3 billion Unaccounted in various ministries – Auditor General’s report. Lack of financial accountability still gnaws at Govt. The Sh40.3 billion that could not be accounted for in 2015/16.
    • The Department of Devolution also failed to account for Sh3.6 billion, meaning the ministry failed to account for Sh14.1 billion
    • The Department Of Agriculture Also Had A Huge Hole In Its Books, Failing To Account For Sh8.9 Billion.
    • The Strategic Grain Reserve Trust Fund Was Similarly Unable To Adequately Support Its Expenditure Of Sh4.1 Billion.
    • Other Departments That Reported Major Problems Were Agriculture Settlement Fund Trustees (Sh3.6 Billion),
    • Teachers Service Commission (Sh2.1 Billion),
    • The National Exchequer Account At Treasury (Sh1.9 Billion),
    • The Department Of Water And Irrigation (Sh1.3 Billion)
    • The Department Of Infrastructure (Sh1.1 Billion).

The Auditor-General says of the Sh1.3 trillionspent in the 2015/16 year, only 3.45 per cent or Sh43.5 billionwas incurred lawfully and spent effectively. This was the money collected by the Treasury as development revenue, the Department for Coordination of National Government and the East African Community, commerce and tourism.

State officers could not properly account for Sh1 trillion, and statements relating to an additional Sh112.4 billionor 8.93 per cent, were misleading or incomplete. That corruption is one of the biggest threats to Kenya’s economic progress is not in any doubt. What remains in doubt is whether or not those who plundered billions of taxpayers’ money will ever be brought to book. Despite numerous high voltage investigations into the graft allegations which also cost the taxpayers’ money, nearly all the suspects remain at large.

Footnote:

Corruption will burn you