Press statement on amendments by the Kenya National Assembly to the Ethics and Anti Corruption Bill 2011

Nairobi, Friday, 26th August, 2011.

Last night, the fight against corruption was on trial before the Kenya National Assembly, a trial in which it was not accorded a fair hearing bearing in mind that some of the members participating in the debate have pending and ongoing investigations before the anti corruption agency. The debate on the Bill was dominated by the desire of Members of Parliament to get rid of the current Director of KACC from office. In the end, Parliament legislated against the Directorate of the KACC and not corruption. The verdict from the House was fast and furious. There was unity of purpose rarely seen in the House in passing some amendments which in our view will greatly undermine the fight against corruption. We as, stakeholders in the anti corruption and good governance sector of the society wish reiterate our commitment to the quest for a corrupt free Kenya and call for the development of a strong anti corruption agency to take this fight to the next level.

The East African, September 15, 2012 - Civil society calls for vetting of county budget funds and officials

Kenya risks losing millions of dollars in taxpayers money to mismanagement over loopholes in a proposed public finance law, experts have warned.

A group of civil society organisations have proposed amendments to Kenya’s new Public Financial Management Act, saying it should allow public participation in the budget processes.

Capital FM News, July 29, 2012 - IEBC told to cancel controversial tender

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 29 – Pressure mounted on Sunday for the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to cancel the controversial Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) system tender. Narc Kenya Chairperson Martha Karua called for fresh tendering process so that Kenyans can follow it openly.

Daily Nation, May 18 2012 - Why Kenyan election is world’s most expensive

Elections in Kenya are the most expensive in the world thanks to a high voter registration cost, administrative inefficiencies and outright theft of funds.

Estimates for the upcoming election presented by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) placing the cost at Sh36 billion translates to a cost per registered voter of Sh2,000 ($25), higher than any other on record.

FAIR Website - February 7, 2012 - FAIR member selected for AfriCOG Investigative Journalism Fellowship 2012

The Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG) congratulates Anthony Nyandiek, Production Manager at Safari Africa Radio; Jevans Miyungu, Business Writer at Standard Media Group aand Ken Opala,  Correspondent at Nation Media Group for being selected to participate in the second phase of its Investigative Journalism

Nairobi Star/All Africa Global Media via COMTEX, Oct 31, 2011 - How the Rot Came About

The brief history of Kenya football governance since Independence Kenya goes to a historic national   football election this morning, seeking to put to rest the wrangles that have seen the game deteriorate over  the past decade. Whoever wins joins a long list of people who have run the game since 1963. There have  been highs and lows over the years.

Daily Nation, October 4, 2011 - Foreign drug lords ‘thrive in Kenya’

Foreigners working with senior government officials have established international drug trafficking networks locally, a new report reveals.

The report says they operate through four networks each headed by a Nigerian and a fifth led by a Guinean, which link drug producing countries in Latin America and consumers in Europe.

The report, which also exposes human trafficking, poaching, money laundering as well as gun running activities, is set to be launched on Tuesday.

Fake diplomatic bags

Daily Nation, October 4, 2011 - Raila: Organised crime funds election campaigns

Prime Minister Raila Odinga has said criminal networks have been funding election campaigns in Kenya.
In particular, he mentioned international drug traffickers, noting that they operate “freely” in the country and used their money to influence politicians and the police.

Daily Nation, October 4 2011 - Check criminal gangs now infesting Kenya

A report launched in Nairobi on Tuesday paints a worrying picture of the extent to which international criminal networks have infiltrated all organs of government, including the Executive, Judiciary and the Legislature, as well as the police and the provincial administration.

Daily Nation, July 6 2011 - House team ‘shielded Charterhouse’

A parliamentary committee is on the spot for allegedly shielding a bank accused of tax evasion and money laundering involving billions of shillings.

In a report titled: Smouldering Evidence: The Charterhouse Bank Scandal,” the Africa Centre for Open Governance accused the Committee on Trade and Finance of pushing for the bank’s reopening instead of investigating allegations against it.

Cleared the bank