In Kenya, corruption is a lucrative business. No losses. Steal. Get a good lawyer. Go to court. Get fined. Take part of the loot to pay the fine then go enjoy the rest. Or you can just buy the judge. Why worry? The shortest way to be rich in Kenya is to steal.
An Anti-Corruption Magistrate’s Court in Nairobi fined a former Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) Senior Manager Mr. Robert Maina Ngumi two million shillings for soliciting a bribe of 15 million shillings from a businessman.
Let us put this into numbers. The guy was given 15,000,000 shillings as a bribe by a businessman. He is arrested and taken to court. The court finds him guilty and fines him 2,000,000 shillings. Who can make losses in such a business? Nobody.
Mr. Ngumi is said to have received the bribe from a businessman who owed Kenya Revenue Authority 439.9 million shillings in taxes with the promise of reducing it to 18.6 million shillings. He was convicted by Hon. Lawrence Mugambi.
Let us say Ngumi kept the 15,000,000 shillings he received as a bribe. Let us also say he used at least 1,000,000 shillings to procure legal services from the lawyers. He then takes 2,000,000 shillings to pay the court as fine. How much does he remain with? 12,000,000 shillings.
Justice for the rich, the poor can rot in jail
For years, the Judiciary in Kenya has been blamed for always going to bed with the corrupt. The scale of justice in this country leans towards whoever has the cash. The bigger the thief, the more the “justice.” It is simply justice for sale.
Each year, Kenya loses approximately one trillion shillings (1,000,000,000,000) to corruption. That is a whole third of the national budget going into the pockets of few individuals.
Our jails are fool of petty offenders such as those who were caught “loitering with an intention of committing a crime”, those caught steal chicken from a neighbor, among others. Big thieves are awarded and elevated in higher offices. The prisons were never meant for them.