Blamuel Njururi, Kenya Confidential Editor in Chief, Nairobi – July 22, 2020
Corruption is a major concern in Kenya leading to the establishment of multiple institutions to curb it. It shocking that Kenya has departments in every state agency to fight the social evil and also a fully-fledged state-funded independent institution – Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) – yet so little has been achieved in the fight against Corruption.
Even with the establishment of Integrity Clubs by the EACC, the government is grappling with ways to engage young people when it comes to the fight against corruption. Yet, young people still do not have confidence in EACC, the police, the judiciary and in recent years the Churches.
It is not unusual for the clergy to be described as Scam, hypocrites, they fornicate, murder and prey on their flock. They have failed to give spiritual guidance to their flock no wonder the country is rotten with corruption.
The fight against Corruption in Kenya has for years concentrated on investigation, arrests and prosecution thereby giving rise to cartels of white colour millionaire Corruptocrats in the legal profession who double up as Lawyers, Prosecutors, Magistrates and Judges – all of them found in public and private sectors key positions. They have over the years generated cartels of Corruption industry financed by Public Coffers making it very difficult to investigate, prosecute and jail the corrupt, who buy their freedom like a local market commodity of which they have full control.
Renown physicist Albert Einstein told the world, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” In sum total the insanity in fighting Corruption in Kenya has yielded no tangible results during the presidencies of Daniel arap Moi, Mwai Kibaki and to a large extent Uhuru Kenyatta.
As the spread of the coronavirus continues to rise, county governments have received Corruption fodder in budgetary allocations from the National Treasury but their expenditure is questionable. There is no doubt that millions of shillings will end in private pockets – already some governors are reported to be installing fully equipped Intensive Care Units (ICU) in their private residencies at a cost of over Kah 100 million in case the Coronavirus catches up with them.
Citizens Against Corruption Kenya (CACK) holds the view that the fight against Corruption should be publicised like the killer COVID-19 because it also kills indiscriminately. Corruption, like Coronavirus, kills those it infects through don’t-care lifestyle. Accidental Coronavirus infection and death is very much like the too frequent Road Accidents that happen after reckless drivers bribe Traffic Police.
In 2018, President Uhuru Kenyatta and his then Swiss counterpart Alain Berset signed the Framework for the Return of Assets from Corruption and Crime in Kenya, which is a mechanism to recover money swindled from state coffers by corrupt individuals hidden in Switzerland. Kenyans have yet to see any money returned that has been stashed in Swiss Banks over the last 50 years.
Indeed, after the signing of the agreement there was a glimmer of hope, but a report launched this year showed that Kenya is one of the top three countries sending stolen donor funds to foreign accounts.
Kenyan politicians and their cronies stashed away more than Ksh300 billion ($3 billion) in foreign accounts between 1990 and 2010, a new World Bank report revealed last March.
The money looted from donor aid during the Kanu one-party rule and continued throughout the National Rainbow Coalition (Narc) and the Grand Coalition governments, is enough to construct 10 Thika Super Highways.
The study titled Elite Capture of Foreign Aid:Evidence of offshore accounts showed that billions of shillings taken in the name of millions of poor Kenyans ended up enriching a few powerful political figures, corruptocrats, their families and their friends.
The report revealed how, for 20 years, a few individuals stole money after their corruptocratic government appealed for aid money in the name of Kenyans as soon as it landed. In the end, the report stated, the more aid the country received, the fatter the foreign accounts held by corrupt individuals became.
The recent harsh sentences on Sirisia Member of Parliament MP John Waluke (pictured) to serve a 67-year jail term while his co-accused Grace Wakhungu will be locked away for 69 years if they fail to pay their respective fines was the strongest message that Corruption does not pay. Trial Magistrate Elizabeth Juma said Waluke and Wakhungu would serve the lengthy jail terms if they did not pay the fines amounting to over Ksh2 billion.
The two are to serve the cumulative jail terms as individuals and on behalf of Erad Supplies and General Contractors, which they used to steal Ksh 279 million from National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) as the directors.
“The first and second accused are directors of the third accused, Erad Supplies and General Contractors. So if the fine is not paid, they will serve their own term and the sentence on behalf of the company,” she said.
Wakhungu, who is now 79-years-old and her co-accused were found guilty of defrauding a State corporation and are to complete their jail terms before starting to serve that of Erad.
On the grounds that the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) lost Sh297 million in the white maize scandal, the trial magistrate directed the two convicts and the company to pay Sh594 million each, failure to which they will serve seven years in jail.
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Some anti-graft crusaders ponder on how to enlighten youth, so that they do not engage in corruption and educate them on values and ethics, would teaching ethics at a tender age help in curbing corruption in the country? Especially when youth witness individuals grossly flouting the law and get away with it?
Many university graduates wonder why one work hard and do things the right way, when there is no sign of reward or encouragement? They opt for short cuts to catch up with the school drop outs cruising in multi-million-shilling BMWs, Mercedes Benz, Totoya Prados and Pajeros on becoming grabbed land-selling brokers and clerical officers in corruption-prone establishments.
Citizens Against Corruption Kenya approach to involve Youth, Women and Persons with Disabilities in the Fight Against Corruption is as widely innovative as it is rewarding. It involves clusters of those social groups engaging in the manufacture of Corruption Awareness products for sale thereby empowering them economically.
The range of products that can be manufactured by the groups is as wide as every day items used by households, public and private corporate institutions and outdoor platforms.
Already some groups are manufacturing export-quality ladies bags, prized gifts items like wall clocks, African fashion brand clothe wear, beauty and personal health products etc etc. They can brand personalized and special design products on order.
Participating clusters are inculcated with full knowledge about Corruption evils and encouraged to discuss the subject at every opportunity with members of their families, friends and general public. That way person-to-person knowledge about Corruption will play a great role in intimate Public Participation against the social evil. The branded products are also intended to generate conversation about Corruption home, in offices and in public places.
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