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Former Governance and Ethics Permanent Secretary John Githongo at a past news conference. He returns to Kenya this month. Photo/FILE 

By ANTHONY KARIUKI  (email the author)

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Posted Thursday, August 14 2008 at 11:47

In Summary

  • John Githongo is set to return to Kenya this month.
  • He returns on the invitation of PM Raila Odinga and VP Kalonzo Musyoka.
  • He will address a meeting of the Kenya Human Rights Commission on 20 August.


John Githongo, a former Government official in charge of corruption, is set to return to Kenya this month.

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Mr Githongo was President Kibaki’s Permanent Secretary for Governance and Ethics and is expected in the country after a self-exile of over three years.

He left the country for fear of his life after exposing corrupt deals involving high-ranking Government officials. The saga came to be known as Anglo Leasing.

He is expected to address a meeting of the Kenya Human Rights Commission in Nairobi on 20 August.

In a statement issued in London, Mr Githongo said that he had been invited back by Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Vice President Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka.

“I have been greatly encouraged by both the Prime Minister and the Vice President,” he said, “and now believe that it is time to return home and make any contribution I can to the future of my country.

“Kenya has faced severe problems in recent months, and some of these remain. But I have complete confidence in the ability of Kenyans, at all levels, to confront and surmount them.

“I intend to speak my mind on what I feel needs to be done. I have no political affiliations. My obligations are solely to the people of Kenya – particularly the poor, the dispossessed and those in need.”

He is currently Senior Associate Member of St Antony’s College, Oxford, and Vice-President, Policy and Advocacy, of the relief, development and advocacy agency World Vision.

The Anglo Leasing-type contracts saw the stepping aside of then Internal Security minister Dr Chris Murungaru, Finance minister David Mwiraria, Justice minister Kiraitu Murungi and a presidential aide to pave way for investigations.


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