Kenya’s auditor general warns corruption could engulf country

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Kenya’s auditor general says high-level corruption at every level of the government is still one of the biggest threats to the country’s economic and political landscapes.

Speaking to Reuters this week, Edward Ouko described the level of graft within the government as shocking as he warned action needs to be taken to prevent corruption from completely destroying the state’s integrity.

No graft solution under Kenyatta

When President Uhuru Kenyatta was elected as the country’s leader in 2013, it followed a campaign that promised to solve the country’s widespread corruption issues. However, the Kenyan leader has been widely criticised for failing to tackle the issue during his time as president.

Over the past five years, numerous officials have been tried over allegations of corruption but none of them have been convicted, despite continued revelations of graft from within the government emerging.

Kenya’s auditor general, Edward Ouko, who was appointed in 2011 says his audits suggest civil servants and other officials in the government are stealing billions fo Kenyan shillings every year through coordinated efforts.

He also expressed his disappointment to Reuters that his recommendations in 2014 for overhauling the current Byzantine procurement and payments system used by the government were ignored. Ouko says the system is easily tampered with, allowing officials at all levels of the government to participate in graft. The auditor general insists that reforming the payment system is central to Kenya being able to bring an end to its ongoing corruption problem.

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.