Aptly named majambazi.co.ke, it’s content is a step by step chronicling of the money a few individuals have robbed the Kenyan taxpayer, based on when it came to light. It lists the title of the scandal, the figure believed to have been stolen and persons involved either as the instigators, those who revealed it or those that were in charge of the dockets from which the money was allegedly stolen. It also lists the names of the President under whose tenure the money was stolen.
In a true resilient, creative and adaptive nature of most of the Kenyan schemes, some of these scandals go across the mandates of two Heads of State. The figures, when seen from this centralized point, are staggering. The sum is the first thing you encounter on the landing page.
So far, we have the infamous Goldenberg scandal, that was the brainchild of “Brother” Kamlesh Pattni, at the beginning and the theft of money from the Health Ministry that is now called the (m)Afya House scandal, where one government official is reported to have threatened a reporter with government instigated cyber intrusion of her digital assets including her mobile phone exchanges.
Goldenberg Scandal has a Wikipedia page(here), had a commission set up to investigate it (report here) and induced drama level interest and coverage from both local and international media(you can start with this piece by the Daily Nation). Some economists believe it will take Kenya three generations to recover from the scheme.
A while back, someone joked on twitter that Kenyans need an app to help them keep up with the amounts being lost to corruption. There now seems to be a new scandal being unearthed every other day.
Their wish has been granted. The website is an initiative of some Kenyans who have volunteered to map all corruption scandals. They have invited the public to contribute to the continuing effort to establish a comprehensive map and database of all the monies Kenyans have lost to individuals.