Kenyan Whistleblower Book
“It’s Our Turn to Eat” by Michela Wrong is a book I’ve been carrying around w/ me for the past few months, chipping away bit by bit.
Yesterday I finally finished it, and can honestly say that it is one of the most interesting commentaries on both corruption and foreign aid that I’ve read. Although I am partial to Kenyan politics, this book is a unique look into ethnic tension, the world bank, and corruption at large. The whistleblower’s name is Joe Githongo, and you can read his actual dossier here, exposing the “Anglo-Leasing” scandal condemning a number of top-advisors and potentially the president Mwai Kibaki himself. Here is a typed version of the dossier, so you don’t have to read scanned pages.
Unfortunately many of the people implicated by this story were vindicated by what many call a compromised court in Kenya.
For those who were impacted by the post-election violence in Kenya in 2007, this text is helpful in understanding the events that led up to it. While this book supports the claim that money was stolen from Kenyan tax payers to finance PNU’s election campaign (as well as line politician’s pockets), there are documents such as this one below that exposes ODM’s strategy in the run-up to the 2007 elections.
So while some PNU supporters may have been stuffing ballot boxes and stealing money to stay in power, some ODM strategists were trying to unite ethnic groups against Kikuyus in an effort to depose the ruling party.
Hopefully “It’s Our Turn to Eat” will inspire public officials to whistleblow throughout Africa and around the world. To catch the latest whistleblowing stories around the world, check out WikiLeaks. I wrote a quick blog entry about Wikileaks here last November.