IFMIS and the Punctured Myth of Invincibility

When the NYS scandal broke, there were the usual stages of grief: Denial and Isolation Anger Bargaining Depression Acceptance Yet as others pointed out last year (see here and here),  IFMIS had a dodgy track record in another country: Malawi. I’ve included a link on this page to the forensic audit of Malawi’s Cashgate scandal […]

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Wednesday News Wall 27 April 2016

CORRUPTION THE Kenya government transferred a breathtaking 7,000 procurement and purchasing officials in an attempt to disrupt corruption in state procurement contracts. This is 3 months after the new Public Procurement Act came into effect. The new act puts more power into the hands of procurement professionals rather than the now-defunct procurement boards. ON Monday […]

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Monday News Muse 25 April 2016

CORRUPTION ACCORDING to an Indonesian government minister, wives’ demands for ‘material things’ are to blame for government corruption. The ‘blame it on the wife’ defence still does wonders for dirty politicians: I still remember a year ago when Virginia’s ex-Governor McDonnell was charged with corruption offences. He based much of his defence on the ‘material […]

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Recent Rules, Notices and Redtape

The new chair of the anti-money laundering advisory board is Rose Nkonge (Gazette of 11 March 2016, notice 1465). The functions of the board are to “advise the Director [of the Financial Reporting Centre] generally on the performance of his functions and the exercise of his powers…and to perform any other duty”. Trans-Nzoia County (WARNING: […]

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Friday News Flip 22 April 2016

CORRUPTION Here’s more on the bribery scandal affecting Australian company Leightons. $15 million was allegedly paid to a Dubai ‘consultant’. Yes…we consultants have a bad name in anti-corruption circles. Former Cabinet Secretary Michael Kamau failed to stop a corruption case against him proceeding. Pakistan’s military has dismissed 2 generals, 3 colonels and a brigadier for […]

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Wednesday News Wall 20 April 2016

CORRUPTION Here is a thoughtful explanation of how the Procurement Act 2015 could help prevent the sort of corruption that led to the NYS and YEF procurement scandals. While on the subject of procurement, this article discusses whether offering citizens a ‘bounty’ for unearthing corruption in government contracts could be a ‘no-lose’ situation. The US […]

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The Sixth Round of Panama Papers Coverage

In the wake of the Panama papers, the UK revenue collection agency (HMRC) is consulting on a possible corporate offence of failure to prevent the criminal facilitation of tax evasion. One immediate problem I foresee is the offence’s remoteness from the actual harm. The corporate body is not being charged as the principal offender (the […]

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Monday News Muse 18 April 2016

CORRUPTION The Machakos Governor has been temporarily rescued from arrest by the Court of Appeal. In a long running saga, the EACC recommended his prosecution, the Governor challenged this in court- and lost. The Director of Public Prosecutions then directed that a warrant of arrest against him be issued. The Governor appealed, and has now […]

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Is the President meddling in an ongoing case?

On Saturday 17 April 2016, President Uhuru Kenyatta addressed a public rally in Nakuru. Much of it was the same-old politicking, but he did touch on something that I wanted to address- the question of whether Kenya can simply stop sending people to the ICC. Here’s the excerpt from his speech:- There are many questions […]