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Runaway corruption is increasing poverty in Kenya

James Wakibia

By James Wakibia Corruption remains one of Kenya’s biggest threat to development. Every successive year Transparency International lists our beloved nation amongst the most corrupt nations on the face of the earth. It’s not something to be proud of. It is not like marathons and javelin that we should be proud of. No, it’s something every sane person should be ...

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Will 2016 herald a new dawn for Kenya after Eurobond scandal?

National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich. He recently stated that his ministry does not know where Eurobonds proceeds were used. Photo courtesy of www.kenya-today.com

We are heading into the end of the year and with just a few days remaining, it is a year whose events Kenyans hope will not be repeated. Corruption has threatened to tear the country apart as different camps take sides for or against those accused of benefitting from the vice. Kenya is now heavily indebted and pundits have given ...

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Sant’Egidio Kenya thanks Pope for meeting them

Waithaka with Pope

When the announcement of the coming of the Pope was officially made to Kenyans in July, a little known community of Catholic faithful in the country set on an agenda to meet him. Known as the Community of Sant’Egidio, the community wanted to share with Pope Francis their joy and pains of their deep relationship with the poor. “Every other ...

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Will stance on corruption cost President Kenyatta his second term?

President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta (R) greets his supporters with his running mate, William Ruto after attending a news conference in Nairobi on March 9, 2013. The two have been indicted by Kenyans for not doing enough to fight corruption. [Photo: REUTERS/Siegfried Modola]

On Monday, Kenyans waited anxiously as President Uhuru Kenyatta was to address the nation on the state of corruption in the country. Coming just days after the resignation of Devolution CS Anne Waiguru, the nation waited in anticipation that, finally the country would be given a reason to have hope that corruption would be a thing of the past – ...

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Corruption is the Kenya government’s lifestyle

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By George Githinji Corruption in Kenya is rife from the top echelons of government to the grassroots level of public service and other organs of government. It affects all ministries of national government (and recently ‘devolved’ to the county governments). The National Police Service (NPS), for example, is often declared the most corrupt institution of government. It has been accused ...

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Okiya Omtatah stokes Eurobond fire as Kenyans seek answers

Activist Okiya Okoiti Omtatah. Photo credit www.businessdailyafrica.com

The Eurobond controversy has refused to go away. This is despite the government giving all manner of assurances that the country is doing well financially. The topic which has been on the lips of many Kenyans, on and off social media platforms, has been one seeking answers which have not been forthcoming. In an editorial cartoon in one of the ...

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Human rights defenders urged to monitor, document human rights abuses

Kimutai Birech from NCHRD-K explaining a point to participants on how to monitor and document human rights violations. [Photo:  Wema Fadhili]

By Wema Fadhili As the country gears towards the 2017 general elections, actors dealing in human rights issues have been urged to be on the lookout in documenting human rights violation while doing monitoring. “Documentation holds key to accuracy, accountability and transparency. Lack of documentation has contributed to those committing atrocities get away with it,” said Otieno Aluoka from the ...

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Kenyans divided as pressure mounts for Waiguru to resign

Anne Waiguru_Facebook1

Kenya is a country where every day is an intrigue. When the calls for Devolution CS Anne Waiguru were made that she resigns, there has been a lot going in the blogosphere and on social media that cannot go without mention. For starters, many people-especially women leaders- feel that the CS is being targeted unfairly for her ‘exemplary’ performance in ...

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Together we can fight corruption

By Violet Mbiti Corruption can be likened to a virus that devours its citizens to the core rendering them helpless with no hope in sight. To combat this virus an antidote is required that will restore human dignity and propel the nation to greater heights. President Obama while making his maiden speech stated that it is rather unfortunate that 250,000 ...

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Marsabit County Assembly audit raises concerns over lack of financial prudency

The Marsabit County Assembly has been put on the spot by the Auditor General’s report that paints a picture of an assembly unable to spend all allocations budgeted, return unspent funds, provide documentary evidence for expenditure and made irregular payments, shedding light into serious alleged corruption that is robing Marsabit residents quality service delivery. According to the report titled, “the financial operations ...

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Wanjeri Nderu assaulted for tweeting on corruption

Wanjeri Nderu, a social justice crusader, was attacked by a stranger for talking about corruption at Langata mall on Monday, 29th June 2015. Wanjeri uses her online presence to talk about various injustices in Kenya including corruption. On her timeline, she largely talk about insecurity and corruption.   This won’t stop the fight against corruption and those involved. Get ready, ...

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How the County Governments are entrenching corruption; Part 1

Kenyans who fought for and celebrated devolution should read this keenly as the devolution dream is being wasted by County Governments who are simply “eating” money meant for the citizens. The loopholes are so many, that I genuinely fear that we have created 47 – Anglo leasings across the counties. Nevertheless, it is about time we educated ourselves about the ...

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Why Kenyatta ticks and why he should do more

The announcement that the American President Barrack Obama will be visiting Kenya in July this year, is the best example of the definition of news in real time. Given the kind of opposition the American government had shown towards the election of Uhuru Kenyatta as Kenya’s fourth President, the announcement came as a surprise to many. Perhaps this is the ...

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Makueni speaker among ten county public officers in the list of shame

  Ten officials from Makueni County are among 175 public officers alleged to have engaged in corruption in a report prepared by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) and tabled in parliament on Tuesday. Makueni Speaker Stephen Ngelu, the County Assembly Clerk Edward Libendi, six Members of County Assembly (MCAs) and two senior county executive officials made it to the ...

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Corruption: Media and civil society on the cross

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s unprecedented decision last Thursday to call on public officials mentioned in a corruption report by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to step aside has whipped the local press into a frenzy. At present 27 percent of the Cabinet has heeded the president’s call and media outlets are currently leading with reports of who has and who ...

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