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    Kenya: First Anglo Leasing Conviction in Kenya

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    On 5 September 2012, a Kenyan court found former home affairs permanent secretary, Sylvestor Mwaliko, guilty of abuse of office, fining him 3 million shillings (around $35,400). He will face a possible 3 year jail term if he fails to pay the fine. The conviction was the first in relation to the Anglo Leasing corruption scandal, whereby hundreds of millions of dollars were awarded by the government under state contracts to non-existent companies. Services supposedly offered by the companies ranged from naval ships and forensic laboratories – none of which ever materialised.

    Kenya's president, Mwai Kibaki, came to power in 2002 with the public aim of stamping out corruption. However, there has not been one government minister convicted of graft since he came to power: no government ministers or senior officials are facing trial over the Anglo Leasing scandal.

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