Global Journalist: Kenya Losing Battle With Corruption

Apr 14, 2017

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Kenya has long been one of the richest and most developed countries in Africa. 

But the country has a really big problem: corruption. Last year, the head of the country's anti-corruption commission said that one-third of the government's budget is lost to corruption.

The issue has become so large that President Uhuru Kenyatta even publicly labeled his own people as "experts at stealing and abusing each other."

Worse, the problem is fueling ethnic tension ahead of national elections in August. On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at Kenya's prospects for reversing the trend.


Joining the program:

  • Enock Sikolia, a political reporter for NTV Kenya in Nairobi
  • Michela Wrong, a journalist and author of the book "It's Our Turn to Eat: The Story of a Kenyan Whistleblower."
  • Washington Osiro, a Kenyan-born writer and businessman who wrote a series on corruption in Kenya for the Huffington Post.
  • Gabrielle Lynch, an associate professor of comparative politics who researches Kenya at the University of Warwick in the U.K.