On the Money Trail: Corruption in the news - Jan. 8

by Stella Dawson | https://twitter.com/stelladawson | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Wednesday, 8 January 2014 17:17 GMT

BEIJING – Do you want violent retribution against a corrupt Chinese official? Online gamers can do that in a video game where you use an electric prod to attack and shock corrupt Chinese bureaucrats, BBC News  reports. In publicizing the game, the state-run People's Daily says: "Corrupt officials are frightened," and it encourages readers to click the link  and “wave the electric baton and expose them" – just as President Xi Jinping in his campaign against corruption has said senior and junior officials would be exposed for graft.

 HONG KONG - When will the Chinese leadership make public its unprecedented corruption investigation of Zhou Yongkang, once one of China's most powerful leaders in charge of the massive security apparatus, the South China Morning Post asks?  So far the central government has remained silent despite the emergence on overseas Chinese websites of increasingly lurid and shocking allegations involving Zhou, his family members and his cronies, who are alleged to have opposed President Xi , it said.

NAIROBI – Kenya’s National Police Service Commission challenged senior officers at a hearing to vet their performance to explain why corruption was rampant in the service, particularly in the Traffic Department, the Standard reports. Some officers blamed poor leadership, others cited poor pay, poor enforcement of laws and lack of supervision. The commission asked Levin Mwandi of the Disaster Operations unit how he raised KSh 1.6 million ($18,000)  to buy a house in Nairobi.  Mwandi said he received a loan and sold some land, the newspaper said.

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