Kenya is Slowly Facing an Eternal Grave Because of Corruption

By Gibbs Alexx

Kenya is a great nation that is famous for its diversity. Once, it was a nation worth emulating within the African continent and around the world. Everybody knew Kenya as an impressive nation when it came to positive development.

All was well until the culture of ‘kitu kidogo’ (bribery) found its way into the once great nation. The men and women in uniform perfected it mostly. The culture grew soon from ‘kitu kidogo’ to ‘kitu kubwa’ (large-scale bribery).

The lords of fraud embraced this beast with bliss. It developed its roots firmly in the country. The Goldenberg Scandal was probably the first taste of its effectiveness.

The results were magnificent. Those who still lived in denial revived quickly and perfected the art of kitu kidogo.

Once an African powerhouse, Kenya is on the verge of collapse thanks to the high prevalence of corruption and economic crimes. Corruption threatens to ride our beloved country to an early economic grave!

Kenya is a nation that has become a bandit economy. Corruption has pervaded all levels of our society.Kenya is a haven for economic crimes such as embezzlement, bribery, and procurement fraud. This proves beyond doubts that most Kenyans are now becoming experts in stealing, whining, and perpetuating tribalism.

Being wealthy from corruption is a way to evade justice

We had the former Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission Director Patrick Lumumba come into the office. This brought the hope of bringing into book corrupt culprits and ending the menace finally. The spirit of the citizens went up. Unfortunately, this did not see the light of the day.

The former head of judiciary Justice Willy Mutunga also tried his best to wipe out the peril. He met a lot of resistance and he is the one who termed the country as a bandit economy. Despite the judiciary being an independent body, the mighty in government and the putrid forces within the judiciary itself constrained his efforts.

The fight against corruption in Kenya takes a new spin. If you have money, you have your way. Over the years, those who are mighty and influential and charged with associating with corruption, play cat and mouse games with the courts.

On the other side, petty offenders are jamming our prisons in large numbers. The rich and mighty are just walking free and continue to fart on our struggling economy.

We cannot forget the growing public anger on the wanton theft of public resources following revelations over the loss of KSh791 million at the National Youth Service.

The dust had not even settled on how the government spent the billions it raised from the Eurobond. Another KSh5billion Mega scandal at the ministry of health was already taking shape!

They robbed us when we were healthy and followed us to our hospital beds to make sure we suffered forever. What a shame!

The government has lost the war against corruption

Past remarks by President Uhuru Kenyatta suggested that he has lost hope in the war against corruption. They depict clearly the desperate state of the government in fighting corruption.

In his statement, Uhuru said that he was frustrated. Instead of taking responsibility, he placed the blame on others, including Auditor General Edward Ouko.

There is no booming government anywhere in the world that has the corrupt governing it and has lived to thrive. Many instances of corruption lead to results that that socially and economically violate human rights.

However, who is to take the blame?

The power to stop corruption is with the people.

In this case, the first blame goes to the decision makers. They have the role of safeguarding the interests of the citizens. It does not matter whether they were elected or nominated into the positions. They made an obligation to the people.

These decision makers influence the needs of people. Unexpectedly, they have received bribes and compromised their integrity in the process.

It is high time Kenyans take full responsibility for their country and destiny. War against corruption should neither be politicized nor take an ethnic dimension. Instead, we should expose those who partake in corruption and make them carry their own crosses.

Ways we can fight corruption

We can adopt some factors if we are to suppress corruption.

  • Compliance certification – implement the laws of leadership and integrity immediately with laws, guidelines, and penalties laid out properly.
  • Progressive monitoring and evaluation of government MDAs by anti-fraud agencies by observing spending through internal audits.
  • Early response to potential corruption dealings.
  • Vetting of high officials before taking an oath and after.
  • Introduce a culture of integrity. Let every citizen feel responsible and set clear agenda for the future of the country that every citizen will commit to.
  • Make the already existing bodies do their constitutional duties.

Lee Kuan Yew said, “I cannot be corrupt and if ever am corrupt it’s your job to get rid of me!”

The president should take a bold political step on his side and fire all those big cartels in government who are corrupt.

The spaces in prisons require the ‘big fish’ of corruption too. Otherwise, his legacy will be about how he cowered out from corruption and its cartels.

SourceUreport

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7 COMMENTS

  1. I Came back to Sweden middle February 2018 after a three months stay in Kilifi, Kampala Village, Kenya.

    It was a marvellous Place near the Indian Ocean. Most people were poor and some had nothing at all. Still, they were friendly and humble. Due to a certain incident at the Kijipwa Police Station, Malindi Highway, After Swaaba Academy, Vipinge, I abruptly got into the reality of the alleged brutality and corruption of the Police Force.

    I accompanied some local people to the station who were going to hand in a report about an assault. This was on a fine day the 31st of January 2018. I took two Pictures with my mobile. One of a tree with a man sleeping underneath and another one of the surroundings. On this latter one, without intention, I happened to catch a police officer at a distance. Another police officer near me took my mobile immediately, looked at the Picture and claimed I had committed a criminal offence.

    This was the beginning of an almost five-hour detention at the police station while the crew of police officers tried to make me pay KES 50 000 to let me go. If I did not pay they would put me in the police cell in the basement. Eventually, the Swedish Embassy got in touch with the police station and the officer in charge. At this Point, there was no problem. I was free to go if I could show a valid passport. The claim to pay KES 50 000 was not mentioned, only the passport which was of no interest earlier.

    I handed in a complaint to the Police Head office in Mombasa which was confirmed and registered…

    The local people I accompanied were around all the time and even took part in the course of events because the Police Officers tried to make them convince me to pay by explaining what could happen to me in that police cell. Now as it happens I am 82 years and not easily scared (the local people were) and just required that they follow their normal routine of law.

    In my complaint, the names and phone numbers of the local people were given as witnesses.

    It disturbs me that the witnesses have not been contacted and also that no visible steps have been taken by the Police Head office. On request, they have only informed me that they are monitoring the police station and expressed hopes that I will not be extorted in future in Kenya.

    It also disturbs me that people fear the police and rather pay than risk getting into some unknown trouble. Seems that the Police Force is more of a liability than an asset to Kenya.

    This is an official case and anyone is entitled to investigate and make inquiries… I hope wonderful Kenya and its Citizens will manage to stand up much stronger against corrupted authorities in future.

    • Hello Mr Öhlund. Thank you for sharing this and sorry for what you went through. I forwarded your complaint to The Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) that provides for civilian oversight over the work of the police in Kenya. They might get back to you using your email. If they do, provide as much information as you can about the incident to enable them to follow up on it.

  2. Thank you for taking an interest in the case. Also grateful for you empathy. As to what happened to me I would like to say that it did not affect me personally, but the fact that this Police behaviour is common experience among the local people disturbes me very much.

    Kenya is Slowly Facing an Eternal Grave Because of Corruption.
    I agree that might happen. But I do think it is possible to change and build up trust for authorities and the whole country as a good and trustworthy partner.

    • You are welcome. Indeed the Kenyan police, or rather a substantial number of them, are not known to be good fellas. Corruption is a deep-rooted problem within the Service. More so, the rapport between the people and the police is very low in many areas. Community policing has also failed to address such issues. Even the Independent Policing Oversight Authority suffers a lot from underfunding, political interference, and non-cooperation from other bodies, but let’s see if they will pick up on this case.

  3. Hallo Mr George Githinji

    Thank you for your interest in the matter. Yes, I faced a situation that was rather ugly but is a concern of the Kenyan People in the first Place.. Thank you for forwarding my complaint to IPOA, the Police Authority. For the sake of good order I may tell you that they have not got back to me and nor have they been in touch with the witnesses given in the Complaint. The police officers that tried to extort me are still on duty. So far the Independent Police Oversight Authority has done nothing which is remarkable. They received a full statement in the complaint which they received on the 3rd of February 2018, 82 Days ago.
    Thus there are a number of questions to be answered as to why these police officers still are on duty.

  4. Mr Githinji
    For the sake of good order may I tell you that the IPOA has not taken any steps that could be noticed?
    Initially, they just informed that they are monitoring the Police Station in question.
    No investigation has been made. The three witnesses have not been contacted. They have done nothing.
    This is appalling and means a free ticket for police officers to carry on with their criminal activities.

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Githinji comments on the current political and social issues in Kenya. He's passionate about devolved governance and public finance. He also writes for @PesaCheck and manages the @UgatuziKenya platform.