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How China is living a lie and is the 'world’s leading exporter of corruption' to Kenya

China has one of the most severe capital punishment for corruption with any official caught engaging in the vice summarily sentenced to death by execution.

Last year, China executed more people than the rest of the world combined, according to Amnesty International.
Under the leadership of Xi Jinping, the ruling Chinese Communist Party has launched an anticorruption campaign that has netted hundreds of thousands of officials.
playChinese President Xi Jinping (Citizen TV)

Last year, 16 senior Chinese leaders were convicted of bribery, including the nation’s former security czar Zhou Yongkang.
However, while corruption is frowned upon at home it seems the second biggest economy in the world does not mind ‘exporting it to other parts of the world’, especially developing countries.
Away from home Chinese officials are left to do as they please and can get away with anything, including corruption.
One such place where Chinese officials have in recent years turn it into their playing field and engage in high-level corruption cases without abandon and walk scot free without as much as a slap on the wrist if ever caught is Kenya, China’s third largest foreign debtor in Africa.
playChinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta at a past event. (Kenya Crazy Media)

Chinese and Israeli companies are among international contractors who regularly bribe Kenyan officials to win lucrative multi-billion shilling public infrastructure contracts, a new report by global corruption watchdog Transparency International (TI) has revealed.
TI says bribery of Kenyan officials by Chinese firms has over the years continued unabated, partly because African governments are not enforcing the existing anti-bribery laws.
While China has criminalised the bribery of foreign public officials, in line with obligations under the UN Convention against Corruption, there has been no known enforcement against foreign corrupt practices by its companies, citizens and or residents,” the TI says in the report, which seeks to assess progress of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) anti-bribery convention.
playA Chinese investor speaking Hon. Adan Mohamed, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of East African Community and Regional Development. (Business Today)

The report went further to say Chinese bribery of foreign officials has continued despite the fact that its companies and individuals have been the subject of publicly reported investigations and charges in numerous countries, including Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sri Lanka, the United States and Zambia.
"Runaway graft in public contracting is robbing taxpayers of value for money in publicly funded projects because they mostly result in poor workmanship.
This inaction has anchored corruption as the main driver of contracting systems in Kenya,” said Samuel Kimeu, the TI Kenya executive director.
Mr Kimeu added that failure to act on reported corruption cases has become a matter of great concern given the high cost of irregularly awarded contracts, adding that many of the local contracts are being awarded to proxies who then transfer them to foreign companies at a fee resulting in exaggerated costing.
playTransparency international Executive Director Samuel Kimeu. (the star)

Chinese firms have in recent years tightened their grip on cash-rich infrastructure projects in Kenya, including various roads and the multi-billion shilling Standard Gauge Railway (SGR).
On February 20th 2018, top Kenyan transport ministry officials were in the spotlight for alleged involvement in shady procurement deals with Shikun & Binui, an Israeli construction firm.
The incident attracted the attention of Israeli Police who began probing former senior managers at Shikun & Binui, on suspicion that they were involved in bribery of public officials in Kenya to win lucrative tenders.
The probe saw Israeli investigators raid the company’s offices in Kenya and freeze some of its bank accounts.
playParliamentary building, Kenya. (The New York Times)

Kenya last year enacted a law criminalising bribery and with severe penalties, including a Sh5 million fine for convicted executives and a 10-year embargo on their firms.
The law, which is modelled on the UK’s Bribery Act, seeks to punish private sector bribery, especially in their dealings with government.
However, so far no Chinese official has been arrested for engaging in corruption despite multiple Chinese companies being embroiled in contracting litigation in Kenyan courts.
playChinese and Kenyan officials pose for photos after the completion of Standard Gauge Railway Ngong Tunnel. (Twitter)

While singling out China as the ‘world’s leading exporter of corruption,’ the TI insists stringent punishment of Chinese officials implicated in graft will change the trend.
“(China) should acknowledge the influence of its companies in terms of how they conduct business in foreign markets,” the TI report says.
It remains to be seen whether the damning report will rein in corrupt Chinese firms and officials in Kenya or it will be business as usual.
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