ROAD CARNAGE: WHO’S TO BLAME?
By Mercy Gachengo
The agony brought about by the endless number of road accidents is sickening. Week after week
all we get to hear from our radios or television sets is news of accidents. Death is inevitable but I
believe it should not be caused by someone’s recklessness. Road safety is still not a priority to a
section of Kenyan drivers. According to statisticsi posted on the National Transport and Safety
Authority (NTSA) website the total number of victims in the first three months of 2016 increased
by 1233 from 2699 in 2015 to 3932 in 2016. A survey carried out showed that, road accidents
cost Kenya Sh.300 billion annually. Three thousand is the average number of deaths that occur
annually and I am certain that the number can be greatly reduced only if speed and safety
regulations are followed to the letter. Are the speed regulations adhered to?
INTEGRITY CHAMPION AWARDS 2016
Nomination Deadline: 12.00PM Saturday 14th November 2016!
The United Nations’ International Anti-Corruption Day (IAC) commemorated annually on 9th
December provides government, leaders, anti-corruption agencies, civil society organizations,
private sector and citizens with an opportunity to reflect and engage in the fight against
corruption and advocate for greater transparency, accountability, integrity and better service
delivery from leaders and public institutions.
So far in 2016, high-profile corruption scandals have implicated top leadership of the Independent
Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), the Ethics & Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) as
well as the Supreme Court of Kenya. Kenyans continue to experience the negative effects of a
deepened lack of integrity in the management of public resources, increased impunity and
disregard for the rule of law.
The Integrity Champion Awards are intended to inspire hope and increase direct citizen action
and engagement in the anti-corruption struggle. The awards recognise the power of active
citizenship in disrupting corruption and demanding accountability. The Awards reinforce the need
to identify and celebrate publicly institutions, whistle blowers and ordinary citizens who have taken
action, however small, to shine the light of integrity and fight corruption in their own spaces.
2.0 Award Categories
The Integrity Champion Award 2016 will receive and evaluate entries in two categories namely
Institutions/Organisations and Individual categories. The institutional/organization category
encompasses both government and non-governmental entities in Kenya.
3.0 Entry Rules
i. One shall not self-nominate, or nominate a member of one’s family
ii. Information provided on the nominee must be independently verifiable
iii. An award shall be revoked if the information received regarding the nominee is later found to
have been fraudulent, incorrect or include a misrepresentation
iv. A decision may be made to award NO prize in any category
v. The Award Panel’s decision shall be final.
4.0 Awards Committee
The Nominations Review & Awards Committee shall comprise Mzalendo Trust, TI-Kenya, SID,
ACAC, and Inuka Kenya Ni Sisi! and their partners.
5.0 Nomination Form
5.1 Category of the nomination: Individual Institution/Organization
5.2 Full legal name of Individual or Organization/Institution being nominated:
5.3 Contacts of Nominee
Telephone: ___________________________ E-mail: _________________________________________
County: ___________________ Constituency: ______________________ Ward: _________________
Twitter handle ____________________ Facebook Page: ____________________________________
5.4 Why does the nominee qualify for this award? Spell out what distinguishes this particular
nominee from others (500 words maximum).
5.5 Explain the actions taken directly and personally by the nominee and how these
actions benefited the community and protected the Constitution of Kenya e.g. stopped
misuse/wastage of public resources, led to arrest/conviction, resulted in community action
etc. (500 words max).
5.6 Nominated by: _____________________________________________________________________
Mobile phone: _______________________ E-mail: __________________________________________
County: ___________________ Constituency: ______________________ Ward: _________________
Twitter handle ____________________ Facebook: __________________________________________
5.7 Important additional information
a.) Would publicity put the nominee at any risk? Yes No
b.) Please provide any additional information to assist in assessment of the nominee.
6.0 Submission of Nominations:
6.1 Online: This is the preferred mode of submissions. Complete a Google Form HERE to
complete and submit your nomination.
6.2 You can also download, complete and send this form as a PDF email attachment to
6.3 You can also print, complete and drop off this form at:
Transparency International-Kenya (TI-Kenya). Kindaruma Road, Off Ring
Road, Kilimani. Next to Commodore Office Suites Gate No. 713; Suite No. 4.
Society for International Development (SID) 6th Floor Timau Plaza, Argwings
IMPERIAL BANK UNDER RECEIVERSHIP!! WHAT WENT AMISS?
On October 2015, news of Imperial Bank being placed under receivership made headlines in all
Kenya media houses. This was barely months before Kenyans had recovered from similar
measures taken against Dubai Bank. It was later revealed that the drastic decision was made after
learning of fraudulent, dubious and shady transactions perpetrated by the late MD, Janmohamed.
It was revealed to the board that the late MD had been disbursing loans amounting to billions of
shillings fraudulently, to his friends and business associates. All these disbursements had been
concealed from the board of directors. The two senior bank managers alleged that the late MD
had over a number of years dictated the head of credit to advance funds to certain clients without
going through formal credit processes in line with prudential guidelines and the bank's internal
lending procedures and policies. He unilaterally forced, intimidated and threatened the CFO
(Chief Finance Officer) to use 'creative accounting' to hide what was effectively embezzled from
the bank. It was then established that there were significant differences on loans, overdrafts,
investments and deposits from what had previously been reports to the bank's board1.
After the bank was placed under receivership, it was expected that all depositors would demand
for their cash. However out of the 50,000 Imperial Bank depositors, only 10,600 have lodged
claims for compensation through Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) and Diamond Trust Bank
(DTB) to demand their cash. This has raised concerns about the true identity of the
depositors.Who are these people? Why don’t they claim? Are there ‘ghost account holders' in the
banking system? This sparks more questions than answers.The CBK should exercise its
supervisory role and oversee operations of financial institutions as mandated in the Central Bank
Corruption in Kenya requires a change of culture
‘All actors should strive to bring about a quiet revolution in public attitude towards
It is easy to feel ambivalent about Kenya. In my experience, the people are outgoing, warm
and welcoming. They exude confidence and pride. For the scholars, racial chauvinists and
friends of Africa who sometimes feel compelled to combat misguided stereotypes that the
continent and its people are helpless and hopeless, nothing could serve as a stronger counter
than witnessing ambitious, vibrant, and entrepreneurial Kenyans going about their daily lives.
Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Kenyans exhibit fortitude and persevere with
Unfortunately the same characters who make Kenya appealing make it loathsome. Corruption
in Kenya has been embraced by most citizens and hated by all. Its effects cannot be
Anyone in Kenya has experienced the Kenyan traffic jam. Drivers aggressively attempt to
circumnavigate the traffic, manoeuvring between the lanes, cutting off competing vehicles,
driving on the ‘shoulders’ and frequently even racing between oncoming vehicles in the
opposite lane- all the while cursing and condemning other drivers who resort to the same
tactics. The passengers exhort their drivers to take drastic measures to get them where they
are going as fast as possible, even as they lament the whole spectacle. All involved appear to
know that bad driving only worsens the traffic, but once others are doing it everyone feels
compelled to participate or risk being overtaken, left behind and even squashed.
While corruption is much more complex than a traffic jam, Kenyans are participants wherein
they are simultaneously the main victims and the loudest critics.
Corruption is among the vices at the apex in any society worldwide including Kenya that
continues to cause unnecessary pain and suffering to innocent citizens. Its adversities caused
a clarion call at both national, regional and international level for an immediate solution.
Among them, Kenya has resorted to policy, legal and institutional framework to curb the vice.
However, this state approach has been largely unsuccessful in its quest as corruption shifts
from benign to malignant.
Adversities have also tripled with national values & principles being trampled upon like they
don’t exist in the Constitution. In the long run, the civil, political, economic, social & cultural
status of a state and quality of life continues in tatters. This calls for an alternative and/or
complementary approach to the fight against corruption. Therefore, rather than the state
approach, could the citizen/bottom up approach be the foundation of a long term
anticorruption strategy for Kenya?
The citizen strategy acknowledges that corruption is a two tier relationship involving a giver
and recipient. The former strategy focussed on eliminating one party (the recipient) through
the established institutions, laws and policies. Therefore, the other party (the giver) who forms
the root of the equation went scot free pollinating an attitude and culture of paying for
services that should otherwise be offered for free.
In the long run, the people have adopted the culture of giving bribes as a way of life hence
promoting and sustaining corruption. This being the root of the menace, an anticorruption
strategy that seeks to neutralise the ‘giver effect’ or culture needs to be adopted. So, are there
any initiatives that can be adopted in Kenya and work? YES.
By Mwongela Mbiti
An advocate of the High Court of Kenya and
Transparency International Kenya
- The County failed to solicit for views from members of the public as key stakeholders, in the design, conceptualisation and anticipated implementation of the Urban Renewal and Redevelopment of Old Estates Plan.
- The plan threatens the right to accessible and adequate housing of the residents of Mombasa County.
- That the proposed project is a novel project being undertaken by the County Government of Mombasa whose implications runs to the tune billion shilling thus of great national and public interest.
Do you remember the hey days when sports was treated with utmost respect? I long for those days; and for those who were not yet born, worry not I will share photos. Lack of integrity and corruption are the root cause of the current fails in the sport sector.
During the August 2016 Olympics that were held in Rio de Janeiro, we heard numerous complaints from the Kenyan athletes representing our country. The chaos started off with the allegations that the Kenya Olympic Team’s Track and Field Manager, Mr. Michael Rotich was willing to bribe the doping agents in order to protect athletes from drug tests and inform them when the drug tests would be done. Mr. Rotich was caught on tape by undercover reporters. He was consequently recalled from Rio and sent back to Kenya.
“On my last day I want to know that those who remain behind will say: ‘'The man who lies here has done his duty for his country and his people’.” - Nelson Mandela
The Vision Endures.
Joseph Muiruri Githongo has passed on, but his legacy as one of Kenya’s leading anti-corruption campaigners endures. The Kenya Joe Githongo grew up in had a deep corruption problem. Corruption in Kenya was systemic and fuelled by an intangible and unspoken bargain by those in the inner sanctum of power that public coffers could be raided for personal aggrandizement—you could eat and let others eat.
Land is one of the most important comodities in Africa and worldwide. This makes the understanding of land rights and laws very important for citizens. In this issue of 'Adili', we try to make the complex field of different rights and laws more understandable and devele into the different aspects and threats of land and corruption pushing for more equal rights and accountability in Kenya.
The allegations against Mr. Philip Kinisu, Chairman of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission brings to the fore the issue of Conflict of Interest - which is at the core of Kenya’s struggle for a society that upholds ethics and integrity. While the law recognizes this challenge, the reality is that our politics and pursuit of leadership is generally motivated by the desire to access and control public resources for personal or group gain. There exists tension between the letter of the law and the values in action. The allegations against Mr. Kinisu are now being investigated by an inter-agency team. The investigation should determine whether a violation of the law has taken place or not.