John Githongo talks on Kenyan Corruption

John Githongo made his name as a journalist who was keen to expose corruption. Githongo says he was initially naive about Kibaki’s corruption. He knew Kibaki was a very rich man but accusations of corruption can be made against the entire political class. He calls corruption “the obsession with zeroes” first you want 10,000, then you want 100,000 and so on.

John Githongo talks to Owen Bennett-Jones this week on The Interview – March 1st.

In the Kenya of President Daniel Arap Moi, he had plenty of targets.

When Mwai Kibaki won the 2002 elections, Kenyans thought a new era had come and John Githongo accepted a job as President Kibaki’s anti-corruption czar. But when he tried to expose corruption in President Kibaki’s own government, he found it hard to make anyone listen. Two years on, no one has been brought to justice for his allegations.

So what does this say about Kenya today? And how much has corruption got to do with the country’s current troubles?

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