Kenya: Anatomy of corruption

In the April issue of African Business, we published an article entitled "Kenya: Anatomy of corruption". The article was an extended review of a report, entitled "Kenya from one election to the other: criminalisation of the state and political succession 1995-1997" published by the Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches International (CERI).

Although African Business has always taken an uncompromising stance against corruption, we felt the report had made sweeping accusations against key personalities in Kenya and had targeted certain ethnic and racial groups without providing supporting evidence.

We believe such generalised accusations have had a detrimental impact on the country's economy and political stability. As such, we felt duty bound not only to reveal the main thrust of the report but to also clearly point out that the grounds on which the accusations had been made were extremely flimsy.

However, after the publication of the April issue of African Business, we discovered that a key passage which was in the original text had been erroneously cut at the design stage.

We realised that the deletion of this passage might cause a degree of misunderstanding among our readers. We therefore take this opportunity to reinstate the passage in its proper place within the text so that the aim and thrust of the article in question is not distorted.

The missing passage should have appeared on page 12, following the paragraph beginning: "The CERI report cites a more recent allegation[ldots]" and ending "corned beef made out of British BSE-infected meat".

The omitted passage reads "Statements made in Parliament are privileged and can only be challenged if they are repeated outside Parliament. This does not seem to have happened. We have only the word of the authors of the report that the people so named have acted illegally. In some instances, even the names seem to have been spelt wrongly and no details whatever in terms of companies or holdings are given. From this, it would appear that the only crime these people can be deemed to have committed is to belong to the 'wrong' race or tribe. In the west, such accusations would be thrown out without a moment's hesitation. To try and make them stick in an African context is reprehensible.

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