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Monday News Muse 30 May 2016

CORRUPTION The Brazilian anti-corruption minister has been accused- irony of ironies- of interfering in the Petrobras anti-corruption investigation. He subsequently stepped down. The Ukrainian Party of Regions- the party of former President Victor Yanukovych- apparently spent tens of millions of dollars on political bribes, coyly labelling them in spreadsheets as ‘investments in politics’. The new […]

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Friday News Flip 27 May 2016

CORRUPTION A SENIOR Vietnamese police officer suggested that printing lower denomination bank notes would help curb corruption- though his critics point to the impracticality of the suggestion given that the largest bank note in Vietnam is worth around $22. In a similar move, the EU recently announced that it was phasing out the €500 note […]

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Dissecting The Proposed Livestock Criminal Offences

A recent proposal to amend the Kenyan Penal Code would delete s.278 (stealing stock) of that law as well as the ‘illegal possession of stock’ offence under the Stock and Produce Theft Act and replaces them with a new cattle rustling offence. It was also add a ‘theft of livestock produce’ offence and a ‘handling […]

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Monday News Muse 16 May 2016

CORRUPTION In the aftermath of the Global Anti-Corruption Summit in London, there could be a major shake-up of UK corporate criminal law. Some of the changes include:- The creation of a beneficial ownership register The creation of a new Anti-Corruption Co-ordination Centre Plans for a brand new offence of failure to prevent economic crime France’s […]

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Monday News Muse 09 May 2016

CORRUPTION 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 […]

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Wednesday News Wall 04 May 2016

CORRUPTION  KNOWING how corruption flourishes under weak oversight and leadership structures, it is singularly worrying that the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) hasn’t had a board of directors for nearly 2 years despite having a board chairman in office. EGYPT has the 2nd highest corruption level in the MENA (Middle-East and North Africa) region. According […]

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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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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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 […]