The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Is It True That Behind Every Great Fortune Is Great Crime?

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However, this is not really about NRKs, but about how the creation of new billionaires overnight by corrupt practices will boost our numbers on the all-important rich lists that our fabulously wealthy seem to be developing a taste for.

So we continue to let the corrupt flourish as the rest of us who question them are told off for being envious and being unpatriotic since, we are told, we know given half a chance ourselves we'd jump right in the trough and do our damnedest to be the greediest pig.

It takes me back to the story of when old Jomo Kenyatta fell out with his one-time comrade in arms Bildad Kaggia over the acquisition of wealth in a newly independent Kenya. Old Jomo made fun of his former prison mate, the only one of the Kapenguria Six who seemed to have no interest in self-enrichment and self-glorification and cared more about making life better for all Kenyans and not just the 'chosen few'.

Kaggia later hooked up with Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, who had been hounded out of the vice presidency and the ruling party Kanu, to form a socialist opposition party and at a public rally on Kaggia's turf, Jomo ridiculed his old buddy for not grabbing as many of the fruits of independence for himself.

It remains to be seen whether 2014 is the year when more corrupt fortunes are made or if the ordinary people of Kenya win out. We'll talk again about this at the same time next year.

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