Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Kenya's crimebuster gives up

Why is there poverty in Kenya?

The UK Observer, 13 February 2005, reported on corruption in Kenya.

John Githongo, appointed Kenya's first-ever permanent secretary for governance and ethics two years ago, has resigned.

Githongo exposed the politicians and government officials who plundered billions of dollars of public funds. 10% of Kenya's GDP was stolen under the corrupt rule of Daniel arap Moi during the Nineties.

Moi's replacement, President Mwai Kibaki, appointed Githongo, a former country head of Transparency International, to lead a clean-up.

However, Githongo 'was the victim of a powerful clique around Kibaki that wanted to edge him out.'

Is corruption in Kenya much different from corruption in the USA and UK?

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