On 11 August, OCCRP reported that Kenyans are used to seeing procurement scandals in the news, stories about billions in public funds paid to ghost companies for goods and services that never materialize. But they rarely learn who is behind the schemes, or why they’re so common. Now, however, Africa Uncensored acquired a leak of 25,727 public procurement records that spanned nearly 4 years and 8 government agencies. It has identified companies linked to public officials, while seeking to understand the systemic loopholes that enable endemic fraud and embezzlement in Kenya. It says that procurement contracts are now “commonly referred to in Kenya as ‘budgeted corruption’.
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