Wednesday News Wall 19 October 2016

CORRUPTION The Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, drew criticism for comments during the week that were seen as ‘feigning helplessness’ in the war against graft while deflecting blame to other organs of state. The Kenyan Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission says it is in the process of recovering Ksh.5.5 billion ($54 million in 2016) that was allegedly […]

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 […]

African Painting via Markus Reinhart photography

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]

Does Kenya permit trial in absentia?

After nearly a decade of dilly-dallying, a magistrate has finally tired of the corruption waiting game called Anglo-leasing and is attempting to put a UK based corporation- Infotalent Ltd.- on trial in absentia. The will-power and initiative shown is laudable. But does Kenyan law explicitly permit trials in absentia? This is no idle question since […]


Monday News Muse 04 April 2016

CORRUPTION For those who’ve wondered how the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) decides to take on a case such as #Chickengate’s Smith & Ouzman prosecution, here is is a useful summary from the Counsel to the SFO. The tribulations of businesses trying to avoid being tarred with the corruption of third party partners is discussed […]