By George Morara
Corruption in West Europe cost the economy $162 billion last year! How this happened its difficult to understand however it’s been traced to procurements…
In Africa we are used to in-your face corruption where a police officer nearly demand ‘tea’ and in public offices it’s almost acceptable to ‘buy lunch’ or ‘see me’ and sometimes people out rightly give a clear figure of the sum of money they want bribed with.
When it comes to procurements- the government just ignores all laid structures lies openly as in ‘government to government’ deals when it’s clearly ‘government to blacklisted Chinese firms’- the slice of bribe at just one go can hit several billion dollars!
How much more is lost in other deals through tribal appointments explains to huge divide between the haves and have-notes!
The richest man for example from Kisii, where I grew up- Simon Nyachae, flies around in a personal helicopter when his neighbours trek miles barefoot!
Nyachae’s family had close links with the Kenyatta family! The Kenyatta family own 25% of Kenya’s best and prime land- put together land the size of Belgium.
Kenya’s illegitimate President has so much money David Cameron becomes laughable with his Â£160, 000 annual salary! Even Tony Blair, the greediest ex-Prime minister in Britain trails miles behind Uhuru Kenyatta!
A year ago, Uhuru was rumoured to be worthy about $ 1/2billion but this would be a huge underestimate as Moi’s (former Kenyan dictator and ultimate embezzler) sons each have about Â£1billion stashed in British Banks!
Mobutu Se Seko of Zaire fleeced his country with over $50billion much of which still in Swiss banks which won’t tell nor return the stash to Congolese people – the richest poorest people on the planet!
$162 billion lost in corruption in Europe is a drop in the ocean compared to The Size of The European economy and when that’s money easily owned by no more than 5 families in Africa! Think Gabon, Angola, Kenya, Nigeria and Congo (DRC and the Republic)!
While the Europeans know exactly where our money is- mainly Zurich, Paris, London and Brussels, they won’t tell us! They are quite happy giving a few peanuts in ‘aid’ out of the interest corrupt African money earns! They also won’t mention African money corruption, beside the extortionate loans Africa is still re-paying, going back a century from colonial times! Kenya is paying some loan ‘lent’ to us in 1915 or slightly early! Nobody knows for what!
Africans must never hope that Europe or NATO will ever waste a bullet to their aid except to destroy and squander as happened in Libya! They will also sell more weapons particularly heavy weaponry and land mines to dictators ….
Corruption in Africa is such deep rooted, there’s no hope in this generation nor tee next two! Corruption is almost acceptable in Africa as homosexuality is acceptable in the west!
If Africans are ever to will to want to change anythings, they ought to borrow a leaf from the citizens of Thailand and The Ukraine. Even then, still a long way but perfectly easily achievable with a few brave warriors willing to bite the bullet!
The other alternative is to accept the status quo! For less than 10% to own 90% of the resources and the 90% of the population to scramble for the 10% remainder!