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    Kenyan President orders top officials to take lie-detector tests

    One hopes this would catch on...

    Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta is ordering top procurement officials in government offices to undergo lie-detector tests as part of a corruption crackdown following a series of scandals.



    Kenyatta's announcement Friday comes after nearly 9 billion Kenya shillings ( $90 million) vanished from the National Youth Service, a government agency that provides training opportunities for young people.
    It later emerged that the funds were allegedly stolen through fake invoices for services that were never rendered. Dozens of people have been arrested and are facing charges over the alleged theft.



    Kenyatta said people running government institutions will undergo the new tests to safeguard against "selfishness and greed."

    "All heads of procurement and accounts in government ministries, departments, agencies and parastatals will undergo fresh vetting including polygraph testing, to determine their integrity and suitability," he said.
    The tests will be concluded before the start of the next financial year, and those who fail will be suspended, he said. The government's fiscal year starts in July.

    "You will hear of other tougher actions in the days to come," Kenyatta said.

    One of Kenyatta's campaign promises when he was first elected for his first term in 2013 was to tackle corruption, but government agencies have been embroiled in several graft scandals.

    "Many fear the procurement of the lie-detectors would itself be scandalous! Corruption is in the DNA of Kenya," Mohamed Yarrow tweeted.


    Kenyatta acknowledged the rampant corruption, describing it as one of the main challenges facing the nation and urging citizens to join him in the fight.


    "While the challenge may look huge because of the way corruption has become entrenched in some of our people today, we have to declare in unison that corruption in all its forms will be diminished from our country," he said.


    One of East Africa's largest economies has had a series of corruption scandals in recent months.

    In March, Kenya's auditor general said the health ministry is missing 11 billion shillings ($108 million), a major concern for a nation that gets numerous funds from international donors.

    https://edition.cnn.com/2018/06/02/a...sts/index.html




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    "Many fear the procurement of the lie-detectors would itself be scandalous! Corruption is in the DNA of Kenya," Mohamed Yarrow tweeted.



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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    orders top officials to take lie-detector tests
    Should be applied on any politician. Then, a lot of problems (and wars) could be avoided, couldn't be?

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    I reckon that all politicians should be tested for empathy (and its lack, psychopathy).

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    Blew me away reading of racist outrage that millions in Brit aid is going to corrupt Ugandan officials. And Kenya's not that far away.

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    I'm pretty sure I read last week that some wise person suggested giving $30 billion or so to Africa to set it back on an even keel.

    They understand less about Africa than Jeff does about Thailand.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jabir View Post
    Blew me away reading of racist outrage that millions in Brit aid is going to corrupt Ugandan officials. And Kenya's not that far away.
    On the contrary, I don't see the outrage as being racist at all. Brits have a reputed penchant for basking deeply within their denial syndromes.

    Of course, those millions of Brit aid, needs to blamed on "something", as long as the news media propagandized story, doesn't dare border on the truth.
    Thus, every angry Brit, has his little distraction of a valid bitching post, eh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    Should be applied on any politician. Then, a lot of problems (and wars) could be avoided, couldn't be?
    Regardless of the imprinting source, corruption is deeply rooted, and culturally woven into the DNA fabric of all ethnicities of people, everywhere on this planet. Fyi ~ Africans, are definitely not unique, in that regard.

    Anyway, Uhuru Kenyatta is definitely spitting against the wind, with that current endeavor. Hopefully, he’ll manage to survive (in office) long enough, to successfully complete that Kilimanjaro ~

    of a mountain climbing second-term task.

    That kid has got a real set-of-balls, to be going-up against a 60-year-old, deeply entrenched political establishment. So wish him god-speed, and the very best measure of good luck. He'll definitely be needing it, eh?
    Last edited by TuskegeeBen; 03-06-2018 at 10:18 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    Should be applied on any politician. Then, a lot of problems (and wars) could be avoided, couldn't be?
    Sorry, but I definitely disagree with you, on that second sentence. People have abundantly confirmed their total inability to productively live, in a perpetual state of progressive peace.

    You can clearly see that confirming behavior, adequately displayed, right here, on the TD forum. Can you not? Anyway, cheers!

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