Thursday, November 22

The fight against corruption in 4 countries

First, UK gets publicly humiliated that it's fight against corruption is pathetic, no convictions, prosecutions or investigations. Heck, forget about investigations, they give up open and shut cases of corruption such as that of BAE. Solution? Why doesn't the OECD demand documents and have a public inquiry?

Second, the World Bank defers approval of a $232million loan because of alleged corruption in infrastructure spending. This country is one of the poorest and steadily getting poorer in corruption scales. Then this kind of stuff happens. What shame! Solution? Give the money to a private company to build operate and transfer. Have open, public tendering. Publish invoices and payment slips on the web!

A kickbacks scandal last month forced Mrs Macapagal to cancel a $330m government supply contract with a Chinese telecommunications group and order a review of all Chinese government-funded projects.

Third, small signs of hope in Kenya where the Kenyan Tax Agency, a hotbed of small scale corruption, has been cleaned up a bit and its revenues have nearly doubled since 2003.

Anti-corruption activists and diplomats say hundreds of millions of shillings collected by the KRA are still being “leaked” in other parts of the administration due to high-level corruption which, they say, remains rife under the Kibaki government, even though new measures have made it more difficult.

Fourth, ex President Chirac was under formal investigation as a suspect for embezzlement of public funds when he was the Paris Mayor. VERY GOOD!, you cannot escape! throw the guilty into jail!

Four of Mr Chirac's chiefs of staff from this period are formal suspects in the investigation, which began nine years ago. In 2004 Alain Juppé, former prime minister and ex-deputy mayor of Paris, was given a suspended prison sentence for his role in the affair. The punishment was reduced on appeal.

No comments: