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REVEALED: How CDF-funded school bus was branded with ODM, Wiper colours

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Amina Wako, journalist and A4T grantee, has been investigating misuse of Constituency Development Funds (CDF) in Embakasi South Constituency & has found shocking revelations on how the funds meant for development of Mukuru Kwa Njenga primary school were misused.

Amina reveals that, the then CDF committee decided to purchase a bus for the school, in spite of numerous challenges being experienced like lack of pipped water, classrooms and perimeter wall.

Read the story HERE.

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The RoGGKenya Award – Call for entries

The RoGGKenya Award

RoGGKenya invites journalists working in Kenya to a competition about reporting on good governance topics.

Eligible publications are based on the information and inspiration of news or toolbox articles on RoGGkenya.org. The articles / stories / broadcast programs entered must exhibit professionalism and inclination to promote good governance as provided for by the Constitution. They should be fact-oriented, not just general opinion and entail exclusive information that the author has gathered, but not by just interviewing opinion-leaders.

All work that has been published or broadcast in Kenyan media before 31st March, 2019 can be submitted. The awards will be given in a ceremony in May 2019, Nairobi County.
Submissions in all languages used in Kenyan media will be considered, but kindly provide a synopsis in English, if your work was not published in English or Swahili.

Submission guidelines
  • Submissions will be taken online only, in the submission form via the link below.
  • With your submission, explain in detail how in the process of producing your media product the RoGGKenya.org website was useful for you.
  • Include the link or a pdf copy or an audio file or a video file with your online application and add details about the publication date as well as your personal details and what your role was in the production of the publication.

Incomplete submissions or those who do not meet the minimum requirement will not be considered.

 ENTRY CATEGORIES
  • Television
  • Radio, including live programs and prerecorded programs
  • Print and Online

In each category three prices will be awarded:
Laptop (1st price), Tablet (2nd price), Smartphone (3rd price)

Submission deadline for entries is 31stMarch, 2019. To view the application form and possible additional details visit: https://roggkenya.org/competition/

What RoGGkenya is

RoGGKenya.org is a joint project by  Article 19 Eastern Africa, Constitution and Reform Education Consortium (CRECO), Kenya Correspondents’ Association and Transparency International Kenya, supported by DW Akademie.

The website is aimed at encouraging fact-based and impartial reporting on good governance and corruption in Kenya. It points to original sources, provides reporting ideas and gives hints on how to follow-up on specific stories that are in the news.

 

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NHIF Heist: Blowing cover on how millions are swindled through fictitious private hospital claims

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A4T grantee and  KTN journalist, Brian Obuya, has published a story that he has been investigating on fraudulent claims that have cost millions of shillings at the National Hospital Insurance fund.

A report that was done by the Ethics and Anti – Corruption Commission (EACC) unveiled that NHIF subscribers were paying 5000 percent more in order to get medical attention at some of the medical facilities.

The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Mr. Noordin Haji said that, the systems have been charging more than what is required and main concerns have been noted on social responsibility problems and benefits.

Witnesses also said that, many registered medical practitioners who are involved and are part of a cartel that forges patient statements claiming to have received various treatments and procedures.

For more information, click here https://youtu.be/TExaWrJOeBI to view the story that was broadcasted at KTN.

To check your NHIF account status via your mobile phone:
Compose a new sms, Type the letters “ID”, a space, then your ID number (or passport number if applicable) e.g ID 12345678. Send to 21101. Note: Charge for this service is Kshs 10 only.

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Media Forum on Gender and Corruption

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The Action for Transparency project organised a media forum for journalists and other media practitioners on 27th November 2018 at Nairobi Safari Club Hotel. The forum was centred on discussing the intricate relation of Gender and Corruption; and how women in media can promote better representation of gender inequality in the consequences of corruption.

According to Sida’s report, Corruption and gender inequality are in many ways closely connected. Men and women are affected by corruption in different ways and are subjects and objects of different corrupt practices and behaviours. Gender inequality breeds corruption and vice versa: corruption tends to exacerbate gender inequalities. Many forms of corruption affect both women and men but given the unequal gender relations in society women are in many settings more exposed to corruption and its consequences.

Media can play an important role in promoting gender equality, however, there is widespread unbalanced gender representation in the media.  According to a Media Council of Kenya report on Gender Equality, there are fewer females than males in almost all forms of the media and where there are few women in the media; they are often portrayed in typical stereotypical ways.

31 Journalists from various media organisations participated in the forum and the panelist included: Caroline Gaita – Transparency International Kenya (TI Kenya), Marceline Nyambala – Association of Media Women of Kenya (AMWIK), Lorine Onyango – Media Council of Kenya (MCK) and Stellar Murumba – Code for Kenya (WanaData – Ke).

Amongst the issues raised were that women are vulnerable and suffer the most where corruption is most endemic and, in most cases, women are the most affected and also, the media uses their faces to highlight corruption.

According to the world economic forum report 2017, a Kenyan woman is paid Ksh.55 for every Ksh.100 paid to man for doing a similar job. Another study also shows that women are less corrupt and when you have more women as representatives then there is more development.

It was also noted that female journalists are less likely to receive bribes. This is in line with the assumption that women should always hold high standards in their places of work. A journalist (like many other journalists) shared that she is a victim of cyber-bullying and life-threatening messages on social media as she was trying to shed more light on a corruption case. She also pointed out that rarely do you find women in top levels of leadership in newsrooms and in most cases, it is through bribes such as money or sexual favours.

The panelist asked the journalists to use social media as it is a powerful tool and reaches a wider range in a short period of time. They were also challenged to take up other aspects in journalism such as stories related to human rights, crime etc. and not look at this as an only a man’s field and urged them to also shed light on stories that are targeted towards development as there are so many positive activities happening that the public is not aware about. The journalists should also strike a balance while reporting i.e. that they should always give two sides of a story and while doing so should also practice integrity and create a brand that they would want to be known for.

It was also noted that the journalists need more safe spaces/forums to talk about corruption with influencers in media, community and churches and through this, corruption will also reduce in their places of work. More trainings should also be implemented in the slum areas to raise awareness on concerns attached to corruption as the journalists are at the forefront on media empowerment.

In light of this, Media Council of Kenya organising trainings to raise awareness and teach journalists on integrity as well as get involved in reporting corruption cases.  Indeed, there is also an on-going concern on the protection and safety of the reporters and whistle-blowers, hence MCK assures that their main purpose is to promote and protect the freedom and independence of media and prescribe standards of journalists, media practitioners and media enterprises.

 

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Eye on Corruption Investigative Journalists Training

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The Eye on Corruption (EoC) project in collaboration with Action for Transparency (A4T) recently organised a two-day training for leading investigative journalists. This training was aimed at improving knowledge and building capacity on reporting on suspected corruption in Kenya. The training also connected Kenyan journalists specialised in covering corruption with journalists in Sweden as well as improve knowledge and user skills of tools to uncover corruption.

Nine journalists participated in the training, which included training on methods on investigative journalism and review of foreign aid such as use of digital tools and research databases that are easily accessible online that could help track foreign aid.

The training was mainly steered by two renowned investigative journalists, Caroline Jemsby and Nils Rosare who have been involved on large investigative reports such as the Panama papers and reports on arms smuggling into Syria.

The journalists were also given an opportunity to partner with EoC journalists in investigating various corruption cases with hope to strengthen cross-border networks and with an aim of producing high impact investigative stories, that will be published locally and in Sweden.

 

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A4T Roadshow – Eastlands

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On the 6th of October 2018, the A4T team was in Dagoretti area of Nairobi for its 2nd roadshow with an objective of  empowering citizens in this area to participate in governance processes of public funds in health and education, and to report suspected corruption through the Action for Transparency mobile App.

 

Among the team was a representation from Mtaani Radio, a community radio station based in Dagorreti, that the A4T team had partnered with in order to mobilise and publicise A4T Roadshow. The procession headed along Ngong road and made several stop-over’s around, Kaberia, Wanyee, Kikuyu Road, Ndonyo, Kawagware, and Kawagware 56. All stops were marked with dance,  entertainment and a lot of awareness building by the MC about the right of citizens to know and participate in public budgetary processes.

 

 

A4T Roadshow in Eastlands, Nairobi

 

The A4T project organised a roadshow in Eastlands area – Kamukunji – Starehe – Makadara – Buruburu – Outering road – Karibangi – Dandora and Juja Road on 24th November 2018. The roadshow’s objective was to inform and empower citizens in this area to participate in governance processes of public funds in health and education, and to report suspected corruption through the Action for Transparency mobile App.

This roadshow involved partnering with Ghetto Radio who helped in mobilisation of  participants through presenter mentions and a radio interview. Ghetto Radio is an urban radio station that is popular in Nairobi and its environs, especially amongst young people.

The caravan begun at Ngara, and then proceeded to Starehe Pumuani area and was a companied by a team of six members from Ghetto radio in their branded van. The first stop was at Majengo area near Gikomba market where many traders of second-hand clothing frequent. At this stop, the team assisted with four A4T advocates, was able to sensitise the public about the A4T project, and some of the participants were helped to download the A4T App into their mobile phones.

The procession headed to Shauri Moyo, Bama Market and Bahati area, making several stops where there was high pedestrian traffic.  During the stops, the MC briefed the people passing, over the public-address system about the roadshow, sensitising them on the importance of participating in budgetary processes and reporting corruption. It then continued to Maringo, Jericho, Makadara, Buruburu, and at Kariobangi South. Here, more people were reached and some given opportunity to speak over the public address system to share their sentiments about fighting corruption. During these stops, Ghetto Radio did live links, where it interviewed TI-Kenya Staff and advocate, which was live broadcasted in order to reach mass audience in awareness creation.

 

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Mothers ignorant of Linda Mama miss out on free delivery services

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In October 2016, the government, through the Health ministry, launched the Linda Mama, Boresha Jamii programme under the National Hospital Insurance Fund. The aim was to ensure pregnant women and infants have access to quality and affordable health services. Diana Kendi, A4T grantee, investigation highlights the lack of awareness of the program amongst mothers in Nairobi, Kajiado and Kiambu counties.

Since the introduction of the programme, county hospitals no longer receive cash for providing maternity services, but the funds to cater for the free maternity are paid through the NHIF as reimbursements for services offered or a better package for women.

Read more at The Star Newspaper.

Read more at The Star Newspaper.

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Civil Society Ranks Jubilee as the Most Corrupt Administration

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TI-Kenya’s Executive Director, Mr. Samuel Kimeu with other civil society organisations marked this years’ African Anti-Corruption Day in 11th July 2018., asking the government to remain accountable in dealing with corruption suspects, and Kenyans to remain vigilant in the fight against corruption.

Video Curtesy of NTV.

 

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Toxic sip: How safe is your bottled water?

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A4T grantee, and award winning journalists, Stellar Murumba, has published a story she has been investigating on the safety of bottled water being sold in Nairobi.

Four out of 10 samples of bottled water picked from different areas of Nairobi that were submitted for analysis at the government chemist, were found to be unfit for human consumption. The sampled water had high levels of fluoride – in excess of the World Health Organisation guideline limits of 0.3 parts per mililitre (ppm) for drinking water. They also had high levels of iron and were alkalinity.

Despite the immense health risks associated with excessive chemical components in drinking water, Kenya Bureau of Standards Corporate Communication Manager Patricia Kimanthi said that any water available in the market is compliant as per the Kenya and East Africa Community minimum and maximum standards.

Read Stellar Murumba’s article at the Daily Nation, Healthy Living, September 25, 2018. Click here for the online article.

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How media can avoid legal pitfalls in their work

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by Victor Bwire

In an effort to balance many interests — including public interest which is the most important — the media sometimes report on issues which might increase the possibility of legal suits and harassment.

An example is the ongoing exposés of corruption in the public and private sectors.

As the media intensify efforts to expose graft, impunity and misuse of public resources, harassment and intimidation of journalists — including using courts which have been issuing huge defamation awards against media houses — are on the rise.

The search for documentary evidence and facts around public interest stories, particularly those that touch on plunder of public resources, has also become increasingly perilous for journalists.

It is for that reason that journalists need allies to partner with in the search for information to enable them generate accurate stories and avoid legal pitfalls.

Journalists and media houses would greatly insulate themselves from harassment, including judicial processes, if they adhered to the provisions in the Access to Information Act which requires that they write to relevant public agencies requesting for specific information.

They can also access information on open portals such as online platforms operated by public agencies or private citizens who comment on public matters.

The access and use of a myriad of ICT platforms and information posted on open data portals by public agencies has rendered access to important information that journalists need in their investigative work much easier and less expensive.

Platforms such as public agencies websites, the Kenya Open Data Portal, Integrated Financial Management Systems and social media accounts of government departments and public officials has increased the avenues for access to information that can help in holding government to account. 

A number of players have also come up with ways to enhance the availability of information which journalists can tap into to enrich their stories with facts and depth.

Institutions like Transparency International through interventions such as the Accountability for Transparency project (A4T) have come up with tools that empower members of the public to play a role in corruption prevention and monitoring.

In addition, the project has been mentoring journalists on use of various investigative skills, ICT tools and organising trainings by experienced journalists on how to investigate and produce in-depth stories.

Kenya is among the leading countries in use of web and mobile technologies.  The country had close to 95 per cent mobile penetration as at December 2017 with an uptake of smartphones was at 44 per cent and an internet usage of close to 50 per cent of the population.

Kenyans also have high presence on social media platforms at 49 per cent of population. This signifies the high potential for using these platforms to enhance transparency and accountability with the involvement of a majority of citizens.

This article was first published at the People Daily Newspaper, you can view this an more via this LINK—The writer is the programmes officer  at the Media Council of Kenya and a journalists safety trainer —victor@mediacouncil.or.ke

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