Under Moi, there was the Goldenberg scam, which started with fake gold exports and spiraled outward, triggering the collapse of the Kenya shilling.
The obsession with the cases brought by the International Criminal Court (ICC) against President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto, in connection with Kenya’s 2007-2008 post-election violence, is subsiding as the likelihood of Kenyatta facing trial slowly fades.
Taking its place in the public’s mind is a concern that was momentarily sidelined but that never, in truth, went away: burgeoning corruption.
" asked Eric Ng’eno, Kenyatta’s speechwriter, in his own op-ed.
Sadly, the ailment is a little more concrete than Ng’eno would have his audience believe.
The second is a proposal to build a standard-gauge railway from Mombasa to Nairobi and beyond.
Costing .2 billion, it represents the biggest investment in Kenyan history — and was awarded without a public bidding process to a Chinese company blacklisted by the World Bank in 2009 for graft. We [Kenya] lose, the president loses, the Chinese lose.
One of many fascinating tales recounted in David Anderson’s Histories of the Hanged, which examines the tactics the British used to break the Mau Mau rebellion, is the exposure by London officials of a construction scam in 1953, which prompted Harold Whipp, Nairobi’s City Council engineer, to put his head on a railway track.
The global anti-corruption group Transparency International owes its very existence to the intractability of Kenya’s "eating" culture.
, sabotaging the "Africa Rising" narrative that decrees an expanding middle class, combined with increased investor confidence, Chinese-built infrastructure, and an educated work force, is set to trigger takeoff.