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Kenya's Stroke - Corruption

Kenya's Stroke - Corruption

Kenya Suffers The Corruption Stroke Kenya House of Assembly - Photo Credit ( buzzkenya.com ) A stroke occurs when the supply of blood to the brain is either interrupted or reduced. The brain does not get enough oxygen or nutrients which cause brain cells to die. In Africa and more especially in my country Kenya, corruption is the stroke that has destroyed my beautiful motherland. Just like a stroke attack, corruption extends from high ranking officials to low ranking officials in both public and private sectors. It is these officials who embezzle funds by employing ghost workers or paying a lot of money to non-existent projects, making sure all that diverted money finds its way into their pockets. This makes organizations collapse and [as a result] several people lose their jobs due to retrenchment or early retirement [in order for] the organization to be revived. With the loss of jobs, the gap between the rich and the poor widens and unemployment increases. Right now

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CORRUPTION: The Need To Strengthen Our Enforcement Agencies

CORRUPTION: The Need To Strengthen Our Enforcement Agencies

Corruption has been in existence since time immemorial. However, over the past fifty (50) years, especially after the attainment of Independence for many African countries, it has reached an alarming level! If care is not taken to put proper checks in place, Africa will continue to wallow in poverty. Most countries around the world experience some level of corruption, but in Africa, it can simply be described as outrageous. You have a Member of Parliament or a minister siphoning money and other resources, meant for the provision of portable drinking water, accommodation and food, to his foreign account without even thinking twice. When investigations are done and the culprit found guilty, then the long bureaucracy sets in.  You find many people, mainly in the ruling party, backing the culprit and playing all sorts of delay tactics with the case and its procedure. Many institutions have been put up to check cases of corruption as well as the legal instruments to make their wo

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Corruption in Malawi: The "Hot Chick" in Town!

Corruption in Malawi: The "Hot Chick" in Town!

Photo Credit: SABC News It is unfortunate that corruption has  become a serious problem among many countries in Africa. It's even worse that the corrupt practices are usually associated with the swindling of public resources by some state officials. What makes it unimaginable is that the resources being misused are the resources that are meant to benefit a greater community of those people who really need such resources for their daily survival. In Malawi, corruption has gone way too far! So much so that the future of economic development in Malawi is just too hazy. Considering that Malawi was rated  the poorest country  in Africa by World Bank rankings (2015), shows we have a huge problem that seriously needs to be addressed otherwise it will be hard to call Malawi a developing country - rather it is an non-developing country. Statistics from Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index show that Malawi is rated 31%. This tells a huge story about how, ou

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The Rotten Windfall

The Rotten Windfall

Photo Credit: Reuters 2015 The rotten windfall we all scorn but don’t want to throw away... We have all at some point moaned against corruption. According to a 2016 article by The Guardian, corruption robs Africa of US$50bn annually. I don’t know how much every single country contributes to this leaked bucket, but I’m certain my country has a substantial allotment pouring into it. Corruption has so many evils. Rightly, we ought to be past the stage of such discourses because the phenomenon is no longer alien. The question we should be attempting now is: why is fraud and embezzlement in public offices still towering debates on the continent at a time everyone claims to be corruption’s sworn enemy?   The most important perspective to the response lies in the question itself. It makes corruption appear as a phenomenon that is projected onto Africa by some alien forces bent to rid the continent of its citizens. Corruption has been othered in our discourses. When governments, Ci

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#IgniteConvo - Public Sector Corruption

#IgniteConvo - Public Sector Corruption

The highlights of our Tweet Chat with Mr. Gerald Witherspoon on "Public Sector Corruption in Africa". In case you missed our discussion on Twitter, here are the highlights of the conversation! [ View the story "#TweetChat - Public Sector Corruption - #IgniteConvo" on Storify ]

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