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Structural and Institutional Challenges of Prosecuting High Profile Persons in Corruption-Related Cases in Kenya

Structural and Institutional Challenges of Prosecuting High Profile Persons in Corruption-Related Cases in Kenya
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Author(s): Terry Jeff Odhiambo (United States International University-Africa, Kenya) and Antony Wando Odek (St. Paul's University, Kenya)
Copyright: 2022
Pages: 20
Source title: Comparative Criminology Across Western and African Perspectives
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Simeon P. Sungi (United States International University-Africa, Kenya) and Nabil Ouassini (Prairie View A&M University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-2856-3.ch009

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Abstract

The history of the fight against grift in Kenya commenced with anti-corruption legislation that dates back to 1956. However, prosecuting high-profile persons accused of corruption has proven to be difficult in Kenya. The past two years alone have witnessed an increase in reports of corruption scandals documented at the national and county level as well as in government Parastatals. However, owing to the recent changes in the office of the DPP and the political goodwill, some corruption cases have been renewed and are being prosecuted. This chapter examines the political influence and corruption challenges of prosecuting high-profile persons in corruption cases in Kenya. It also examined the recent strides made in prosecuting high-end corruption cases. It analyzed possible steps that can be taken to solve these difficulties. This chapter concludes that for a long time there has been lackadaisical attention given to the prosecution of high-profile cases, but the political good in recent months has breathed fresh air into the fight.

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