After 18 months in power, the government faces some critical tests in its anti-corruption struggle
'Anti-corruption campaigns are good politics they're popular with the voters!' a smiling senior official told Africa Confidential last week. That's true only if the campaigns work: Kenyan voters are a sceptical lot. The anti-corruption credentials of President Mwai Kibaki
's government are under heavy scrutiny on two counts: holding to account those responsible for the grand corruption of the 1990s and early 2000: the fake export schemes, the land grabs, the extorters of commissions on contracts and trade; and more urgently, to stop those corrupt practices from continuing under the new order. A new cabal of business, politicians and civil servants is trying to push through lucrative deals. Procurement is big business: about half of the government's budget of over 200 billion Kenya shillings (US$2.3 bn.) is spent on it and now subject, in theory, to more stringent rules, introduced last year. Previously, procurement decisions had been devolved to individual ministries: the new rules centralise decision-making in the Treasury with decisions taken by the Permanent Secretary, subject to final assessment by the Finance Minister.
An emerging elite of business people and politicians is jockeying for influence and contracts
The business and political sands have shifted since President Mwai Kibaki took office in January 2003. Some loyal business retainers of the Daniel arap Moi era have been unceremoni...
President Museveni's third term bid is splitting the governing party he so patiently built
The desire to stay in power for a third term could prove the chink in President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni's well-maintained armour. It has divided his National Resistance Movement as ...