Should corruption be made an economic crime?

06 Dec

It is estimated the country looses approximately 270 billion annually. A sum that the economists say is enough to fund the free primary education for an estimated 18 years. An amount that, if well utilised, could buy anti-HIV, malaria and tuberculosis drugs for 10 years.

Money that can be used to dig 135 million boreholes taking into account that one borehole would cost Sh 2 Million to dig.

Considering that the punishment of economic crime is life in prison, should corruption be classified as and economic crime? Will it reduce, if not avert, the vice? And where would the country be if the levels of corruption reduced by 60%?


Posted by on December 6, 2010 in Uncategorized


7 responses to “Should corruption be made an economic crime?

  1. grace johns

    December 6, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Corruption is an economic crime. Kindly focus on City Hall and other council offices when it comes to registration of schools and colleges.

    If a Kenyan asked you for a bribe straight to your face, you are able to sue them for soliciting a bribe. When he/she decides to solicit for a bribe indirectly by endlessly taking you in circles, you miss many business opportunities and pay monies you did not have to pay. There should be a written law to cover this shady area.

    How about impliedly or constructively demanding a bribe or illegal payments from members of the public. I consider this barbaric, backward, uncivilized and a country with these kind of personnel will definitely not see VISION 2030.


  2. Imoli ANYULA

    December 6, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    You are doing a very commendable job!!

  3. Angela

    December 6, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Absolutely. At whichever level corruption is an economic crime. A good example is when God told Saul to go and destroy the Amalekites in 1Samuel.15, sparing some fat animals in the name that they are for sacrificing to the Lord sounded a good idea but that was not what he was instructed to do, even though he destroyed the Amalekites it was disobedience. God rejected him, and anointed someone else. So the same with our leaders they give and take with the other hand, worse than anything else. It all amount to criminal acts. It becomes an economic crime by denying a deserving person the services they need, keeping resources out of reach of deserving individuals and plugging many into poverty. A more closer look is when the resources acquired illegally are invested outside the country, this at times if the values are huge forces the country to print more money and add a zero digit after the last whole number. You know what that means…the Zimbabwe style of 10,000,000 dollar note which cannot buy a kilo of sugar.


    December 7, 2010 at 11:59 am

    HI !
    GLORY BE TO GOD THE LORD of kenya for he has delivered his nation from being damped in the pit of hell because of the broken GODLY covanent that RAINBOW COALATION had made in 2002 election.

    Now one of the worest enemy left which Kenya needs to deal is corruption . and belive in the lord your only seviour as the mechanism you need to deal with this issue is not secular but spirtual . come to know that you will have an over flowing blessing from the lord ,your GOD .but deal with this worest enemy so that you could get out of a deep deomnically planted curse so that you may destin in to your blessing .


  5. Omenya

    December 9, 2010 at 10:51 am

    All the poverty, the lopsided economic growth and inequitable distribution of our natural resources that we see in Kenya is in one way or the other connected to the practices of corruption that have been carried out in Kenya since Independence because even tribalism is a form of corruption. Let Corruption therefore rightly be made an economic crime in Kenya. It is a cancer we can ill afford.

  6. Ruth Mwaura

    December 10, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    please please somebody request P. Lumumba or any other anti corruption officials to investigate the massive corruption going ons at the Kenya Music Copyright board offices in Westlands Nairobi. Talk about an economic crisis

  7. Joe Macharia

    December 26, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    There is alot of corruption being carried out by the Board of Directors of Makomboki Tea Factory. The Board forged the Authority to Deduct 5/= shillings per KG of Green leaf that is delivered by the Local Farmers. The Total amount that was Deducted in this Scam was in excess of Kshs 300,000,000 ( 300 million ! ) and the Directors have now moved to Court to sue the very farmers who are complaining of this Malpractice; i understand that some Complainants are being threatened by the Directors through proxies !



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