African Painting via Markus Reinhart photography

Monday News Muse 09 May 2016


UNDER a proposed Commonwealth plan, Kenya and other countries may soon need to show that ‘meet anti-corruption standards’ in order to access loans and aid. While the part of Kenya’s budget that’s donor-funded has shrunk markedly in the last decade, it still relies on ‘partnerships’ in education, health and security. Furthermore, the Kenya government has a seemingly bottomless appetite for loans.

The Commonwealth is also planning a Commonwealth Office of Civil and Criminal Justice Reform. This will be network of judges, prosecutors, lawyers and anti-corruption agencies that will help smaller countries improve their corruption legislation and law enforcement.

The plans will be presented at a major anti-corruption summit in the UK.


ANOTHER Kenyan blogger has been arrested for his social media postings. It’s not clear what prosecutors will charge him with now that their much beloved provision of the Information and Communications Act (s.29: improper use of a telecommunications system) has been declared unconstitutional.

IN honour of the late, unlamented s.29, here’s an article about why computer crimes- in this case, in the US jurisdictions- can be difficult to legislate against.

ORGANISED crime: the death of Rico Shirazi, the son of a prominent Israeli gangster has the police over there worried that a gangland war could begin.

CROSS-BORDER crime: Kenya is becoming a conduit for stolen British luxury cars.

The record for extra-judicial killings by Kenya police is grim as a special report in The Standard illustrates (see here and here). The Independent Medical Legal Unit (IMLU) documented hundreds of killings by police in the last few years.


THIS post details recent important changes to the US’s anti-money laundering law that were apparently driven in part by the Panama papers.