Will Kenya’s corruption ever end, and will its people get a break, carried by law-abiding officials and politicians? Because corruption isn’t getting any better, despite all the talk we’ve had about jailing our own parents if they stole.
Indeed, it is as if the claim at the highest levels of our society that a salary can create billionaires has given a green flag to every individual with any function to use for illicit gain.
Yet, in practical and technocratic terms, where is the way to stop it?
We were told that e-government would bring transparency and put an end to the endless deadlock with no “appreciations” for any public service. And, of course, there are public documents we can get faster now, some even without a bribe, from a replacement ID to a birth certificate.
But, after years of large-scale and ever-escalating public theft, what is the time when we are served by leaders, in politics, in public office and in business, for whom a salary suffices and their “benefit” not enough to include our taxes, school facilities, dialysis machines and energy equipment?
It is not only “those who take” who are servants of Satan, but also all those who pay illegal funds to them. Nourished by such a huge community, perhaps Kenya has its own special area in hell for all those who showed up to church every Sunday as they robbed children and diabetics from their own constituencies.
Even our banks and banking regulator owe us more respect in this regard. Money laundering is not difficult. The BBC offers graphic-laden video of a busted UK drug money laundering ring, where middle-aged women were transported on planes and taken to ambulance to buy gold, which was again flown in and sold for cash by the dozens. of bank accounts. Yet its graphics are intricate alongside the simplicity of buying herds of cattle and selling them.
However, whether in microfinance banks or overseas banks, most stolen money must enter or leave a bank in some way – even if it is withdrawn from a bank. ‘a bank in cash, someone cashes oddly.
Yet for two of our leaders, the money they parked in Jersey banks has been seized by the authorities and is now used to deliver medical equipment to our public hospitals. Would we be able to grab all of this where a source cannot be shown. Because, is it really more difficult than that, really?
Legitimate money has an easy-to-show source: whether it’s in bills, payslips, dividend payments, or asset sales where the purchase also had a source. No source, no dungeon?
The author is a development communication specialist.