I have previously expressed fear on this space that corruption is making a big-time comeback under the UhuRuto regime.
Buccaneers of Anglo-Leasing infamy have been trolling the corridors of power with renewed swagger, after having been banished to the sidelines once the scandal blew up in President Kibaki’s face.
All manner of shady wheeler-dealers offering their unique skills have been welcomed with open arms by the movers and shakers in the Jubilee government.
They have easy access to all the important offices, and it has again become the norm for investors from China, India, Europe, the United States, the Middle East and anywhere else looking entry into Kenya not to find open doors unless they go through the briefcase intermediaries.
The unconventional methods of doing business outside all known transparency and accountability mechanisms are already causing major headaches for President Uhuru Kenyatta ‘s government, as evidenced by the laptops fiasco and continuing questions over the proposed Mombasa-Nairobi-Malaba railway.
The giant Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia project will face similar problems if a group of “businessmen” recently granted audience ay State House have their way in the quest for contracts outside lawful procurement systems.
With such skulduggery taking root, it is not surprising to see the government proposing to pay billions for supposedly cancelled projects under the Anglo Leasing umbrella.
Many years have passed since the Treasury under the Kibaki regime conned Kenyans that the corrupt projects had been scrapped, government promissory notes cancelled or advance payments returned by ghost companies.
Many in the know at the time pointed out alleged refunds were just part of the cover-up, and that the government had no powers to unilaterally cancel the promissory notes dished out like confetti.
The Anglo Leasing ghost is now coming to haunt the Kenyatta government, but instead of calling in the ghost-busters, the Treasury is bending over backwards in their zeal to pay for projects long deemed as corrupt or non-existent.