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Kenyan outrage at graft claims
John Githongo, Kenya's former top anti-corruption official, wiping his forehead during a anti-corruption meeting  in 2004
John Githongo is living in exile in Oxford in the UK
This week Kenya's former top anti-corruption official, John Githongo gave the BBC what he says is taped evidence of a government minister trying to impede a corruption inquiry.

Kenyans have since been emailing, texting and talking to the BBC News website about the corruption scandal facing their country's government.

Read some of their thoughts below and then join the debate and have your say.

Wachira Gituru, Mombasa, Kenya

At last! President Kibaki has the chance to make history. Do right or go home, now! Kenyans are watching, and we have no more time for niceties.

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Terry Dolla, 29, Street vendor, Nairobi

Terry Dolla, Nairobi street vendor
Terry hopes to be able to enjoy a fair life in her country

I'd really like for the people mentioned in the corruption allegations made by John Githongo to be investigated.

It is the common citizen, the common Kenyan that is paying for their wrongdoings.

We are the ones that are paying out for the debt owed by our leaders. It is upon the helpless person.

We have to pay such high taxes and yet the economy we get in return is poor. And if you don't pay up then you will be in for it.


People are suffering so much, economically, because most of the basic items families need like cooking oil and soap, things to get by, are so expensive. There is a big difference compared to two years ago.

The debt affects the common people. We pay out but don't get much back.

There's no money and life is a hand-to-mouth experience, there's no improvement.

The investigations must go on. Mr Githongo is trying to end the corruption and now we are positively hoping for the very best from our government.

Crying and complaining

I didn't vote President Mwai Kibaki into power and as far as I am concerned the problems that we had before have only been added to by him. We have seen no action.

A high percentage of us are crying and complaining about his leadership - he must step down and then we must go for a new election.

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Then we hope that almost everyone that did hold a position of power will be investigated - all of them.

Me, myself, I want to vote the government minister Kalonzo Musyoka into power.

He has been a member of both regimes, President Kibaki's and former president Daniel arap Moi's, so he has experience but more importantly he knows what has taken place and so will know how to make things change for the better.

As for Mr Githongo, he must stay in the UK where he can be safe and carry on with the investigations.

They must be done from that side because it is safer there - it will be easier for the truth to come out.

I really wish for the corruption in Kenya to end, for the truth to be investigated and be revealed so that Kenyans can enjoy a fair life in their country.

William Mang'unda Tanga, Tanzania

Githongo keep it up, don't be afraid. Reveal everything. God will bless you, you are a saviour of the common people.

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Godfrey, Kenyan in the US

Mr John Githongo

We can handle our own business so stop the old neo-colonial mentality please Mr Githongo.

Much as I hate to admit it, the former cabinet minister Chris Murungaru was right when he said that if Mr Githongo had anything to say, he should have said it in Kenya. Not out of Kenya.

You have done more disservice than service to your country and your methods are all wrong!

You will have a few days in the limelight Mr Githongo, but it will have no effect at the end of the day.

Collect your Oscar and then start tackling the real issues.

Beatrice, 23, professional, Nairobi

I'm so proud of John Githongo. The cat is out now. But I am extremely disappointed in my president.

We really need an army of Githongos who will continually expose this evil practice wherever they are found
Oyinkro Olobio, Port Harcourt

He has absolutely embarrassed us to the rest of the world.

And he hasn't come out with some sort of explanation yet - he simply can't face Kenyans because he knew about it, him and his key cabinet ministers!

We have been robbed of many things, our wealth, our freedom of expression. It explains why Mr Githongo is not home.

Of course I'm happy that finally we know who is who in our current government.

An elderly Kenyan man waits for the government's food aid distribution in Longonot on the Great Rift valley

It hurts so bad to know that the very people we voted into parliament do not care about Kenyans.

Especially at this time of drought in Kenya.

No wonder when non-government organisations rushed to rescue the hungry our politicians were busy diverting our attention and shouting at each other until the last minute when we had already lost hundreds of people and animals.

This has clearly helped many Kenyans especially in the rural areas to know who to probably never to listen to.

After the corrupt cabinet ministers have been prosecuted, and I do believe that the current public outcry will ensure this, Mr Githongo should come back.

And then, in 2007, we will vote him for president.

Ken (not his real name), 30, post-graduate student, Nairobi

I am not speaking for myself, believe me, I am speaking for many other people now.

There's a lot of talk - this scandal is the talk of the town.

This is the first time that we are have clear evidence of corruption in our country and what we want now is for everyone to know that the majority of the Kenyan people are sick and tired of corruption.


From the past regime to the one that is now in power, it just keeps going on.

This might sound radical but people must just demonstrate until this government comes down

We think that we must do something about this now.

It was the reason why we voted this government into power. But unfortunately they have not done what they promised to.

I feel disappointed and let down. However, this is not about Kibaki.

It is about the culture that is permeating us and we must get rid of.

From this time henceforth we, as Kenyans, must act on all corruption.


This might sound radical but people must just demonstrate until this government comes down.

Kenyan minister allegedly taped trying to block a corruption inquiry, Energy Minister Kiraitu Murungi

I want this government to topple because of this.

We must have new elections and those that win must know that they cannot turn to corrupt practises. No longer must they be allowed to get away with it.

Toppling this government is not the only solution to this problem but it will send a clear message - that there are consequences.

For too long now people have carried on corruptly because there is no fear that if caught they will lose their positions of power.

That must change. If something is done now they will not be able to continue.

Mwakwari, Mombasa, Kenya

Everyday instead of government development stories, our daily papers are full of corruption tales. If the country burns due to all the hatred, there will be no-one left to read the papers.

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