John Githongo (b. 1965) is a former Kenyan journalist who investigated bribery and fraud in his home country and later, under the presidency of Mwai Kibaki, took on an official governmental position to fight corruption. Year 1965 ( MCMLXV) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. The Republic of Kenya is a country in East Africa. It is bordered by Ethiopia to the north Somalia to the northeast Tanzania to the south Journalism is the profession of writing or communicating formally employed by publications and broadcasters for the benefit of a particular Community of people Mwai Kibaki (born November 15, 1931) is the President of Kenya. Political corruption is the use of governmental powers by government officials for illegitimate private gain In 2005 he left that position, later accusing top ministers of large-scale fraud. Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar.
He studied Economics and Philosophy at the University of Wales before returning to his native Kenya. The University of Wales ( Prifysgol Cymru in Welsh) is a confederal University founded in 1893. He briefly worked as a management consultant and researcher before moving into journalism. In this role he wrote extensively for the Nairobi-based EastAfrican attacking corruption throughout Kenyan society under the Moi regime. Nairobi (naɪˈroʊbɪ is the capital and largest city of Kenya. The EastAfrican is a weekly newspaper published in Kenya by the Nation Media Group, which also publishes Kenya's national Daily Nation Daniel Toroitich arap Moi (born September 2, 1924) was the President of Kenya from 1978 until 2002
In 1998, political scientist Mutahi Ngunyi's NGO - Series for Alternative Research in East Africa (SAREAT) engaged Githongo to edit a regional political economy magazine, East African Alternatives. The magazine folded after an audit instigated by the lead donor Ford Foundation found suspected misappropriation and collusion on the part of Ngunyi, who was executive director of SAREAT and Dr Jonathan Moyo, who was the programme officer at the Ford Foundation in charge of disbursing the resources to the NGO. The Ford Foundation is a Private foundation incorporated in Michigan and based in New York City created to fund programs that were chartered in 1936 by Jonathan Nathaniel Moyo (born 12 January 1957) is a political figure in Zimbabwe. They have both been sued and the matter is still in court. It is known that the Ford Foundation has accepted Githongo's offer to be a prosecution witness in the case.
In 1999 he founded and subsequently ran the Kenyan chapter of Transparency International, a non-governmental agency devoted to fighting corruption he had already been working with for some years. Transparency International ( TI) is a leading international Non-governmental organization addressing corruption
Main article: Anglo Leasing scandal
In January 2003 he was appointed to the position of Permanent Secretary for Governance and Ethics by the incoming president Kibaki, who had been elected on an anti-corruption platform. The Anglo Leasing Scandal, also known as Anglo-fleecing is the popular name for a corruption scandal in Kenya. He resigned from his position on February 7 2005 without comment, though it was reported that he felt the government lacked commitment to ending corruption and that he had received death threats. As a result of his resignation international aid to Kenya was cut. He remains a powerful advocate against corruption.
On 22 January 2006, Githongo named Vice-President Moody Awori as one of four top politicians (with Kiraitu Murungi, former justice minister and present energy minister; finance minister David Mwiraria and former transport minister Chris Murungaru) as being involved in scams worth $600m – known as the Anglo Leasing scandal. Events 565 - Eutychius is deposed as Patriarch of Constantinople by John Scholasticus. Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. Arthur Moody Awori (born 5 December 1927) known as "Uncle Moody" was the 9th Vice President of Kenya from 25 September Kiraitu Murungi (born 1 January 1952) is a Kenyan politician He has been accused of involvement in the Anglo Leasing Scandal. David (Daudi Mwiraria (born September 3, 1938) was the Minister for Environment and Natural Resources previously Finance Minister of Kenya until December Dr Christopher Ndarathi Murungaru (born August 19, 1954 in Nyeri, Central Kenya) is a Kenyan politician a Member of Parliament for Kieni The Anglo Leasing Scandal, also known as Anglo-fleecing is the popular name for a corruption scandal in Kenya. He also claimed that President Kibaki was complicit in the affair. The scandal centred around the award of a huge contract given to Anglo-Leasing – a company that did not exist. Githongo claimed that the money raised would have funded the government's forthcoming election campaign. These allegations were denied by Awori and Murungaru and an investigation was promised.
Githongo moved to the UK to live in exile after claiming that there have been threats to his life, but is considering returning to Kenya to testify to the corruption committee. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located Exile means to be away from one's home (ie city state or country while either being explicitly refused permission to return and/or being threatened by prison or death upon return He took up a post at an Oxford college (Senior Associate Member of St Antony's College). The University of Oxford (informally "Oxford University" or simply "Oxford" located in the city of Oxford, Oxfordshire, England is the It has also been recently revealed that he taken up an additional position as a Visiting Fellow of the Ottawa-based International Development Research Centre. In an interview with Fergal Keane for the BBC's Newsnight programme on 8 February 2006, Githongo revealed what he claims is taped evidence proving that Kiraitu Murungi attempted to impede his inquiries. Fergal Patrick Keane ( Irish name: Fearghall Pádraig Ó Catháin) OBE (born January 6 1961) is an Irish writer and broadcaster For the CNN programme see NewsNight with Aaron Brown Newsnight is a British daily News analysis Events 421 - Constantius III becomes co- Emperor of the Western Roman Empire. Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. Kiraitu Murungi (born 1 January 1952) is a Kenyan politician He has been accused of involvement in the Anglo Leasing Scandal. Murungi suggested that a 30M Shilling loan to his father by a lawyer A. H. Malik had been bought by Anura Pereira, and might be forgiven in exchange for 'going slow' on the Anglo Leasing investigation. Anura Pereira is a Sri Lankan with Cypriot origins frequently mentioned in association with Corruption in Kenya. He reveals that at the end of his investigations, he came to the inescapeable conclusion that the Anglo Leasing scandal went all the way to the top, and as a consequence his life was in danger. Anglo Leasing, and many other similar deals, were rumored by some people to be back-door financing to pay for NARC's election bid in 2007. While in Britain, Githongo spent two days giving evidence to a delegation of Kenyan MPs who were investigating the scandal. Both parties were positive about the outcomes of the meetings.