November 12, 2015
- Donors threaten travel
restrictions on the corrupt in Kenya as heads of
missions issue a joint statement in which they demand
that all allegations of corruption be investigated and
"those responsible must be prosecuted and, if guilty,
appropriately punished - regardless of position or
Kenya was again in the news - this time
because the heads of key diplomatic missions had now
deemed it fit to voice their alarm at the increasing and
unabated level of corruption within and without top
government circles. In
a joint statement
on corruption they stated -
As strong and committed international
partners of Kenya, we share the concern of Kenyans at
the ongoing problem of corruption.
We agree with President Kenyatta that
corruption threatens the country's economic growth, the
provision of government services, and security. It
deters investment and costs jobs.
Corruption is undermining Kenya's
Today, we met with officials of the
Government of Kenya's Ethics and Anti-Corruption
Commission and reiterated our support to strengthen a
culture of integrity in Kenya. Broadly, we welcomed the
steps President Kenyatta and the government have taken
in recent months to address corruption. ...
In our discussions today, we agreed
that all allegations of corruption must be investigated.
When evidence of corruption is found, those responsible
must be prosecuted and, if guilty, appropriately
punished - regardless of position or wealth.
For our part, the international
partners will continue to assist with investigations
that involve our citizens or cross into our
jurisdictions. We are committed to taking tough and
swift action when our own citizens are involved in
activities that weaken the rule of law in Kenya.
We are prepared to take further steps
to support the Kenyan authorities, including, when
permitted by law, the return of stolen assets to the
Kenyan people or to impose travel restrictions on those
responsible for graft...
Building integrity and a culture that
prevents corruption must be a priority for Kenya's
leaders, but it is also the responsibility of every
Kenyan. Government officials, opposition politicians,
the judiciary, civil society, business, faith leaders,
and citizens alike must make clear they will not
And all must take appropriate action
to end it. As international partners, we will work
together with Kenyans to achieve this goal."
An editorial in the
widely circulated Daily Nation of Kenya stated -
The threat of the envoys of 11 Western countries to
impose a visa ban on public officials involved in
corruption is yet another blot on the country’s image.
It demonstrates the frustration of the Western nations
over untamed corruption and a government that seems
unconcerned as public resources are plundered.
Kenya went through a similar painful experience in the
1990s and it is sad that we are back there.
Unfortunately, instead of fighting corruption, the
administration has focused its energies on harassing the
opposition, civil society organisations, and the media
for cataloguing the corruption scandals.
Corruption, mismanagement, and poor governance are
costing the citizens.
Development projects have no doubt been affected as
funds are looted.
The prevailing investment environment is not encouraging
to investors. This is likely to be worsened by the
difficulties the economy is going through and the
mounting foreign debt.
Things could have been done differently to avoid this
current situation where Kenya has now attracted the
wrath of the Western nations, who are key development
partners and investors.
Undoubtedly, some people close to the ruling regime will
soon come out to vilify the diplomats over the
threatened visa sanctions, but that would be myopic.
Kenya is not an island and those plundering its
resources must not be allowed to enjoy their ill-gotten
President Uhuru Kenyatta must rein in the corrupt
officials in his government.
All those implicated in corrupt deals must be removed and
sent to the courts to face charges.
It is a shame that we have to endure another round of
lectures by the West because we seem unable to manage
Have we been here
before as far as the Kenya government is concerned?
On 14th July 2002,
the BBC carried a story
which should be a reminder that despite such threats,
corruption appears to have again taken a firm hold in
the affairs of those in power in Kenya. Remember one
The UK high
commissioner to Kenya has launched a scathing attack on
President Mwai Kibaki's government's record on tackling
Edward Clay said that corruption had cost Kenya some
$188m since Mr Kibaki took office in December 2002.
He said corrupt ministers were "eating
like gluttons" and "vomiting on the shoes" of donors. Mr
Clay was later summoned by Foreign Minister Chirau
Mwakwere to "give facts and figures and to name names".
During a 30-minute private meeting, Mr
Mwakwere said Kenya was disappointed by the high
commissioner's remarks and angry that he had not
followed diplomatic channels.
"We are disappointed, disappointed
that Sir Edward Clay has failed to substantiate on the
allegations that he made. He has refused to give us
facts and figures," Mr Mwakwere told the BBC's Focus on
"Let him substantiate first, after
that maybe it will be for me to apologise to him, in
which case I won't mind, maybe it will be for him to
apologise not just to me but to the nation, to the
government to the people of Kenya and to the world."
Among Mr Clay's other charges:
•A list of ministers and senior civil servants who were
not corrupt would "fit on a postcard, or possibly a
•Attempts had been made to "kneecap" the body set up to
•A contract worth more than $125m had been awarded to a
company "incapable of commissioning a garden shed and
discovered never to have delivered anything more than
drawings more or less on the back of an envelope, and
While not banking much on this new
move by the envoys representing the donor countries in
Kenya, we hope that it would at least send a message to
those feeding fat on corruption as is also witnessed in
Sierra Leone where the rat and his cabal including the
mafia don passing himself off as the nation's Transport
and Aviation minister, Leonard Balogun Koroma have
become overlords trampling on the basic rights of the
Out there in Sierra Leone with clear
evidence of massive corruption by those in authority and
the poor deprived of a right to live in dignity, envoys
representing the United Kingdom, the United States, the
European Union and others of the donor community sit on
their hands not daring to take the rat and his cabal to
task for their numerous instances of corruption.To them,
it would seem all is well in Sierra Leone never mind the
tip of the iceberg of corruption revealed by the report
of the Auditor-General -
"Report on the Audit of the
Management of the Ebola Funds".
Unexplained wealth remains an offence under the Anti
Corruption Laws of 2008 and the people await the Anti
Corruption Commission to show that it is not as
compromised as the judiciary.
you leave this page, here's something. Liberia has been
awarded a total grant of nearly two hundred and fifty
seven million dollars by the United States Development
programme, the Millennium Compact Challenge that members
of the Sierra Leone thieving cabal has been fighting to
get its thieving paws on. Grant Total: $256,726,000
Signed: October 2, 2015. According to the MCC website -
million Liberia Compact seeks to address two binding
constraints to economic growth in Liberia: lack of
access to reliable and affordable electricity and
inadequate road infrastructure. To address that, the
compact includes funding for the rehabilitation of the
Mt. Coffee Hydroelectric Plant, development of a
training center for technicians in the electricity
sector, support for the creation of an independent
energy sector regulator and support for the development
of a nationwide road maintenance framework.
The compact will significantly enhance Liberia’s
engagement in the U.S. Government’s Power Africa effort.
Presently, only 2 percent of the population has access
to the electric grid, and 84 percent of Liberians
currently live on less than $1.25/day.
This new partnership also complements the U.S.
Government’s efforts to help Liberia recover from the
Ebola outbreak. Over the next 20 years, MCC expects at
least 460,000 people to benefit from the compact.