In a HARDtalk interview first broadcast on 23 January 2008, Jonathan Charles talks to John Githongo, former Kenyan corruption investigator.
It was once a haven of relative stability - a rare success story in Africa.
Now, Kenya has descended in to the sort of chaos which has often bedevilled many of its neighbours.
The cause is December's disputed re-election of president Mwai Kibaki.
African leaders continue to fly in to Nairobi to try to mediate.
So far, the violent aftermath of the vote has led to hundreds of deaths.
Can Kenya ever be democratic while corruption is rife?
John Githongo was once in charge of rooting out corruption in the Kenyan government - he's now in self-imposed exile in Britain.
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