Press Releases (66)
Berlin/Nairobi, 13 December 2016 – Transparency International, the global anti-corruption organisation, called today on the Somali government, donor agencies and humanitarian agencies to take critical steps to address corruption in the delivery of aid to ensure humanitarian assistance reaches those most in need in southern Somalia.
Somalia’s ongoing conflict and complex emergency have displaced millions from their homes. The country remains weakened by years of consecutive crises: famine, poor rains and harvests, drought and other natural disasters. Nearly five million people are in need of life-saving assistance and livelihood support.
Yet the delivery of aid is complicated by insecurity, conflict and corruption. Corruption risks exist across the entire humanitarian programme cycle, from head offices in Nairobi, Kenya to operations in southern Somalia, according to a new Transparency International report published today.
The report Collective resolution to enhance accountability and transparency in emergencies: southern Somalia, developed in partnership with Humanitarian Outcomes, is the first independent review of corruption in southern Somalia’s humanitarian sector. Over 120 in-depth interviews and community consultations were conducted to identify corruption risks and produce a set of recommendations on how to mitigate those risks in the future.
For immediate release
Ebola crisis: How to improve the integrity of responses to public health emergencies?
Berlin / Conakry, 30 March 2017 – Transparency International called today on the government of Guinea, donor agencies and humanitarian agencies to be more transparent in their responses to public health emergencies to ensure fair, rapid and corruption-free humanitarian aid.
In a new report focusing on the Ebola crisis in Guinea, the global anti-corruption organisation found that supporting local healthcare capacities and investing in communication with affected communities would strengthen the response of aid providers and its integrity.
The report Collective Resolution to Enhance Accountability and Transparency in Emergencies: Guinea report, developed in partnership with Groupe URD, is based on in-depth interviews with affected communities and stakeholders to identify the corruption risks that affected the humanitarian response to Ebola in Guinea. The report makes recommendations on how to mitigate those risks in the future.
The study shows that most of the goods used in the response were too specialised to be resold and were thus less prone to misappropriation. The stigma attached to the disease also significantly reduced the theft of aid. The main risks identified concerned logistics (misuse of vehicles, fuel and generators) and construction (poor design and process in calls for tenders, weak oversight of building sites), as well as risks in human resources due to the large number of staff needed as the response was quickly scaled up.
Nairobi, 25 January 2017 – Kenya has declined in rank as it continues to post a poor score in the global released today by the Transparency International movement. Kenya scored 26 on a scale of zero to 100 (with zero perceived to be highly corrupt, and 100 very clean), compared to a score of 25 in 2015. Kenya is ranked at position 145 out of 176 countries and territories included in the 6 latest edition of the CPI. Kenya’s score is below the global average of 43 and Sub Saharan Africa’s mean of 31. Kenya had a score of 25 in 2014 and 27 in 2013 and 2012. This indicates that despite the rhetoric of anti-corruption, the fundamental in the fight against corruption have not yielded significant dividend. The CPI measures the perceived levels of public sector corruption in countries and territories worldwide and is based on expert opinion.
Title: STATEMENT BY PARTICIPANTS AT THE STAKEHOLDER POLICY DIALOGUES
ON THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH AUDIT REPORT.
We, the undersigned nine organizations and associations, being representatives of
institutions drawn from the health, human rights, governance and development partners
have taken note of the recent revelations of theft, misuse and/or loss of public funds at the
Ministry of Health and the subsequent response to the report by the Cabinet Secretary, Dr.
Cleopa Mailu, EBS.
PUBLIC ACTION AGAINST MINDLESS THEFT AND WASTE OF STATE RESOURCES:
A Statement Issued by the Kenyan CSOs on November 1, 2016
Since independence, Kenyan public has been treated to a cocktail of abominable theft, plunder,
squander and waste of public resources, while the institutions tasked with the mandate to probe
and deal with the said scandals have repeatedly sanctified the same. Bailed as the most corrupt
and unaccountable administration in Kenya’s political history so far, the Jubilee regime’s 4 years
in power has been characterized by rampant, reckless and mindless looting and
misappropriation of state coffers.
The situation in the country remains so grave and dire that the official Auditor General’s report
for 2015 found that just 1% of Kenya government spending and a quarter of the entire 1.6
trillion shillings budget was properly accounted for. Current reports indicate that Kenya loses
approximately 600Billion shillings out of its annual budget of 2 trillion (close to 30%) through
wanton theft and waste. Imagine what this amount could do in supporting health care for the
poor, provision of quality basic education, clean water or employment for our youth?
Specifically, the Kenyan CSOs note with concern the following systemic and vicious failures of
the political establishments, both at the national and county levels: That as noted by John
Githongo, a prominent anti-corruption crusader, “corruption in Kenya has deepened and widened
since President Uhuru Kenyatta came to power in 2013”.
VIOLATION OF OUR NATIONAL VALUES THROUGH PROMOTION OF INTOLERANCE AND HATRED BY POLITICAL LEADERS
JOINT PRESS STATEMENT BY CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS MONITORING IMPLEMENTATION OF NATIONAL VALUES AND PRINCIPLES OF GOVERNANCE
The Constitution of Kenya (CoK) 2010 contains a number of provisions aimed at securing national unity both procedural and substantive national values and principles of governance as enshrined in Article 10. Kenya is made up of more than 42 plus tribes who call Kenya their mother country and have equal opportunities of exercising their talents towards building one nation, Kenya. The main anchors of the national values and principles of governance are the Constitution of Kenya 2010, the various Acts of Parliament including Public Service Commission Act 2012, Fair and Administrative Action Act No. 4 of 2015, Leadership and Integrity Act of 2012, Public Officers Ethics Act 2002, and other policy documents such as the Mwongozo Code of Conduct for public service in Kenya.
It is therefore with profound sadness that we witnessed the uncultured move by political leaders from North Rift region, led by Governors Jackson Mandago of Uasin Gishu County and Alex Tolgos of Elgeyo Marakwet County, to attempt to evict the newly appointed Acting Vice Chancellor of Moi University, Prof Laban Ayiro appointed as the Acting Vice Chancellor of the public institution.
It is shocking that in this age and under the current constitutional dispensation, we still have political leaders who imagine universities belong to a tribe, unaware that a university is a global institution imparting knowledge, skills, proper work ethic and attitudes with inclusive world view and harmony to all humanity. Education is one of the engines for national unity and we cannot allow divisive politics around it. Universities are universal and therefore should not be localized the way we are seeing. Any Kenyan, as long as he/she is qualified ought to feel free to offer expertise to head any institution of higher learning, notwithstanding foreigners (if they happen to be from a country external to Kenya) and none shall be denied or given such opportunity on the basis of their ethnic background. Furthermore, public universities are national institutions funded by the Kenya taxpayers and should thus reflect the face of Kenya.
Sports are all forms of usually competitive physical activity or games which through casual or organized participation, aim to use, maintain or improve physical ability and skills while providing enjoyment to participants and entertainment for spectators.
Corruption in sport has many forms. Referees and players can take bribes to fix matches. Club owners can demand kickbacks for player transfers. Companies and governments can rig bids for construction contracts. The Global Corruption Report shows that sport provides a global overview of corruption across sport and outlines recommendations from leading experts in the field on what needs to be done.
During the ongoing Olympics we have seen a number of corruption cases which need to be dealt with, for instance the £1.3million payment made by the Tokyo Olympic bid team raised questions. The existence of such cases is leading athletes, footballers and other sport participants to become slaves of condemnation by the general public.
Nairobi, Kenya - 8th of July 2015: Willie Kimani (32), a Kenyan human rights lawyer, went missing after he left a courthouse in Nairobi on 23 June 2016. A week later, his dead body was recovered from a river outside of the capital, together with the bodies of his client, Josephat Mwenda, and their taxi driver, Joseph Muiruri.
The Administration Police is suspected of abducting, torturing and murdering the three in the light of Kimani’s investigation into police abuse on behalf of his client Josephat Mwenda.
KENYA: Investigate Killings of Lawyer, Two Men
Bodies Dumped in River after Enforced Disappearance
(Nairobi, July 4, 2016) – Kenyan authorities must urgently investigate the killing las week of three men, including a human rights lawyer, and ensure that those found responsible are held to account in fair trials, 34 Kenyan and international human rights organization said today. Human rights activists will today hold demonstrations in Nairobi and other parts of Kenya to protest the heinous killings.