Whats Next for the “Moi Empire” After the Kroll Report?
Kroll Report Analysis Part VI – Kenyans must brace to ‘write-off’ the mega theft
With the Moi family having been heavily implicated in the still unofficial Kroll report, its seems unlikely that any of the recommendations will be implemented by the government and all signs are already confirming this.
President Kibaki has not publicly commented on this issue but it will be interesting to hear what his opinion is on the whole matter – that touches directly and adversely on his Special Envoy to Southern Sudan. President Moi on the other hand has not commented either but his empire’s influence in both the political and economic spheres in Kenya is not something any regime in East and Central Africa can bulldoze without second thoughts.
Moi remains in good books with both the Kenyatta family and Kibaki regime, two of the most important contacts anyone can have in Kenya today. The dismissal of the report by Government spokesman and the the loud silence from the Official Leader of Opposition in Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, himself mentioned in the Kroll Report, confirms this thinking. The normally nonchalant cabinet minister Martha Karua, whose portfolio is directly linked to the report has not spoken either. Infact anyone who matters, in government and opposition have not said anything despite the fact that the amount involved is estimated at US$2billion!
That the government spokesman has called the Kroll report ‘hearsay, inaccurate and incomplete’ can be interpreted to mean that a decision not to pursue this matter further was made even before Attorney General, Amos Wako, had seen the report. Indeed, Wako – supposedly Chief Government Legal Advisor, confirmed to the media last weekend that he has never seen the report before but has read about it in the media “like every other Kenyan”. Besides, the British governments’ attempts to assist the Government of Kenya recover some of the loot were reportedly repulsed in 2004 and is now subject of a diplomatic spat between the two countries. Diplomatic critics, like the influential European Union and the US Embassy, have maintained a studious silence, probably observing diplomatic protocol.
NTV reported in its prime bulletin last night that the Kroll Report in public dormain is actually the second report, the first having been delivered to the then Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister, Kiraitu Murungi in December 2003 and it is suspected a decision not to pursue Kroll recommendation was reached then. In retrospect, most of the those individuals mentioned adversely have moved on and are either dead, or living outside Kenya or a firmly entrenched with the current regime, and any attempt to haul them in court will earn the government embarrassment it does not need a few months, possibly weeks, before the general elections.
There is a lot of speculation in the country as to whom and where the report could have leaked from. Observers are pointing fingers at Sheria House, with a British newspaper being the first to have published parts of the Kroll report. One can be sure that Kenya’s intelligence apparatus is working overtime to trace its origins and cursing themselves for not having smelt it before it exploded. Nicholas Biwott has dismissed the report terming himself a honest and hardworking businessman, while Gideon Moi has threated to sue for defamation, but this blog wonders to whom will his lawyers serve court summon papers?
At the continental level, the idea of honouring and treating with respect leaders who leave power peacefully has gained momentum and it remains to be seen whether the Kroll report will help separate the Moi name from the likes of Mobutu, Bokassa or Abacha.
The Kroll report also seriously jeopardizes Moi’s chances of attracting any nominations to global awards, including the Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership, which starts in November 2007, and that which seeks to honour former African leaders who have demonstrated excellence in leadership. The prize consists of $5m (Sh350m) spread over 10 years and $200,000 (Sh14m) annually for life thereafter. A further $200,000 per year for good causes espoused by the winner may be granted by the Foundation during the first 10 years.If allegations in the Kroll report are authentic, then former President Moi is certain to miss the honour but not the money.
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