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Yearbook 2001

Kenya. According to Countryaah, Kenya's already precarious economic situation was expected to deteriorate even more after Parliament rejected a government proposal to revive the authority to fight corruption.

2001 Kenya

The Anti-Corruption Authority was appointed in 1997 but in practice lost all authority in 2000, when the Constitutional Court denied its power to prosecute. The opposition politicians who voted against the bill argued that the law was so vaguely worded that the authority should not have gained any real power.

When resolute measures against corruption were a condition that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) had set to resume lending, Parliament's decision was seen as an economic disaster for the country. The IMF immediately announced that credit of about $ 40 million would be withheld. The IMF's decision was expected to cause other lenders to freeze their payments, which in total is estimated to cause a loss of up to $ 300 million from the state budget.

Kenya's first coalition government was formed in June, when Raila Odinga, leader of the National Development Party (NDP), was appointed Minister of Energy. The NDP received another government post. Odinga was previously a sworn opponent of President Daniel arap Moi, but is believed to have expected the cooperation to strengthen his own position before the presidential election in 2002, when Moi must resign.

The well-known anthropologist and conservationist Richard Leakey left the post of Head of State Administration after less than two years. No reason for the departure was announced, but he was too eagerly believed to have tried to overcome the high-level corruption and to have acquired powerful enemies.

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