Kenya: 50 top officials arrested in anti-corruption campaign

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Authorities in Kenya have arrested more than 50 top officials and executives after corruption allegations sparked widespread public anger.

Earlier this month, reports circulated online and in newspapers over the theft of more than $100m (£75m) at government agencies. Following a backlash from the general public, Kenya’s prosecutor’s office announced on Monday that all of the suspects related to police investigations will be prosecuted.

More than 50 arrested in Kenya

The suspects arrested include dozens of senior officials, the head of one agency and various members of the same family. The scandal relates to the National Youth Service (YNS), a government institution that trains young people for the workplace and connects them with projects in construction and various public services.

The agency is a key part of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s efforts to combat the high rate of unemployment among Kenya’s youth.

Prosecutors say they are investigating a series of pending invoices totalling more than 8bn Kenyan shillings (£59m), many of which appear to have been inflated. According to media reports in Kenya, the NYS spent $10m on beef over the course of one year while another invoice shows a car tyre being bought for $1m.

According to Kenya’s prosecutor’s office, charges will include abuse of office, stealing public funds and forgery.

Featured image: By Jorge Láscar – Nairobi city hall and clock tower, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15862095

About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.