Tuesday, September 25, 2007

All that's wrong with political party financing

In the absence of strict legal controls, political party financing in Kenya will always retain a link to serious financial crime and money-laundering.

The phrase "money laundering" gained prominence during the Watergate Scandal when President Richard Nixon's Campaign Committee moved illicit campaign donations to Mexico and then brought the funds back through a shell corporation in Miami.

Closer home, in every election yea, Kenyans experience extraordinary generosity from their politicians. The countryside comes alive with new projects and unsolicited donations towards various courses. Is this excessive benevolence always genuine? And if so who funds it?

Read more here from Capt. Collins Wanderi Munyiri.