Top 10 Corruption Scandals in 2016

  • Allegations of corruption in the government dominated Kenyan social and political talk in 2016.

    Here are the top 10 corruption scandals of the year:

    1. Eurobond Scandal

    This complicated multi-billion scandal has dominated talk of corruption in 2016.

    After 12 months of back and forth between the government and opposition politicians, the truth is yet to be established.

    2. NYS Scandal

    This scandal started in 2015 but it did not fade in 2016 with even more revelations being made.

    From a figure of Sh791 Million lost public money, it has now emerged that the money lost is in the billions.

    3. Rio Scandal

    The Rio Olympics was a chance for Kenyans to move away from the divisive talk and show the world our amazing athletic talent.

    Unfortunately, corruption sneaked its way in this auspicious occasion after it emerged that allowances and uniforms meant for athletes had been stolen.

    4. Afya House Scandal

    This scandal emerged in November after an interim audit report was leaked to the media. According to the audit report, over Sh3 Billion could not be accounted for in the Ministry of Health.

    The audit report unearthed massive theft of public funds through forgery, double payments, illegal budgetary overspending as well as manipulation of the Integrated Financial Management System (IFMIS).

    5. SGR Implementation Scandal

    This is another scandal that has persisted for quite a long time.

    While the project appears to be on track, corruption allegations have continued for the better part of 2016 regarding the quality of the rails, the trains, as well as the cost of the project.

    6 Youth Fund Scandal

    This scandal adds on to the long list of broken promises made to the youth after it emerged that the board of the Youth Entreprise Fund had misappropriated funds meant for the young people.

    7. Kidero’s Sh 20 Billion Scandals

    This is by far the largest scandal that hit the county governments in Kenya.

    The Auditor General’s report alleged that City Hall could not account for nearly Sh20 Billion of public money.

    8. Kilifi County Scandal

    The Kilifi County government was the subject of a negative media coverage after it emerged that they could not account for more than Sh2 Billion of public funds.

    9. Murang'a Water Project

    This is a project that caused political heat after former Prime Minister Raila Odinga alleged that the project would lead to desertification of large parts of the country.

    The Ministry of Water had to work out a quick deal with local leaders to ensure the project continued.

    10. Mombasa County Government’s Secret Banks

    The Mombasa county Government led by Governor Ali Hassan Joho was not spared from the corruption allegations.

    The Auditor General reported that the county had been operating 22 irregular bank accounts in the collection of revenues.