Kenya. A long-standing disagreement over a new constitution deepened in March, when the government resigned from the national conference where the constitution was debated. According to CountryAAH, the total population in Kenya is 53,771,307 people in 2020. The resignation took place in protest of a draft constitution under which the president’s power should be cut and partially transferred to a new post as prime minister. In June, President Mwai Kibaki conducted a government reform, in which some of those who criticized his opposition to the new constitution were given less attractive posts. In return, Kibaki took several representatives of the former KANU government party into the government.
After praising the new government’s fight against corruption for more than a year, the major donors in July expressed strong concern that the corruption was once again rooted in the country’s top management. The EU decided to withhold promised aid. The US and Japan threatened to do the same.
The British ambassador caused great disarray when he claimed that during his 19 months, the Kibaki government squandered more government resources than Daniel arap Moi’s regime did in 24 years. Since Kibaki appointed a new commission to fight corruption, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) agreed in September to release $ 35 million of a previously promised loan of just over $ 250 million that should have been paid off in May.
In August, a hundred-year contract expired as the British colonial power signed with the mass group of massagers to lease almost 1 million hectares of land. When the government rejected the massagers’ demand to get their land back, riots erupted in several places and seventy people were arrested. A shepherd who drove his animals into private land, which once belonged to his family, was shot dead by police.
HD judges call on Kenyatta to dissolve parliament
David Maraga, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, calls on President Uhuru Kenyatta to dissolve parliament, as the proportion of women members is lower than the constitution stipulates (no gender may make up more than two thirds of all members. Parliament has failed to follow the rules According to Maraga, Speaker Justin Muturi says the demand from the HD judge is not realistic.When the new constitution came into force, the chamber was given five years to comply with the rules.
Prosecutors order an investigation into embezzled corona money
Prosecutor Noordin Haji is ordering an investigation into what has happened to the $ 71 million that has disappeared as a result of “incorrect procurement”. The money would have gone to the purchase of medical equipment to combat the corona pandemic (see also August 2020). Several Kenyan businessmen have already been accused of embezzling about $ 400 million that would also have gone to the care of covid-19 patients.
Accusations of corruption against the Ministry of Health
President Uhuru Kenyatta is ordering the country’s Ministry of Health to publish all purchases of medical equipment made to combat the ongoing corona pandemic and for the data to be published online. This is after allegations that large sums that would have gone to this have been embezzled. Healthcare staff have also criticized the fact that the equipment purchased and sent to healthcare facilities around the country has been of substandard quality. Kenyatta has previously requested that the business be investigated by the country’s anti-corruption commission. The revelations made earlier this month have led to protests around Kenya and doctors at the country’s state hospitals have gone on strike.