Constable Naftali Lagat, police officer and David Munyakei, former clerk at Central Bank – Kenya (Integrity Award)

Filed under - Whistleblowing

Received the Award on 7 October 2004

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"The Goldenberg scandal made Kenya a poorer country, financially, structurally and morally. Acts of corruption like this one owe their exposure to the courage and integrity of only a few individuals such as Lagat and Munyakei. The TI Integrity Awards recognise that – perhaps even more important than laws administered from the top – ultimately it is individuals adhering to their principles and fighting against corruption that will turn the tide in Kenya."

Gladwell Otieno, Executive Director, TI Kenya

Constable Naftali Lagat and David Munyakei from Kenya helped to expose the Goldenberg scandal, one of the largest and most complex financial scandals in Kenyan history.

Munyakei, then a clerk at the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK), noticed that a company called Goldenberg International was receiving unusually large sums of money for the alleged export of gold and diamonds. He blew the whistle on the Goldenberg scandal by providing CBK documents to opposition members of parliament. These documents revealed illegal transactions between the Central Bank and Goldenberg International. The courage to disclose these corrupt practices resulted in Munyakei's arrest, sacking, and possibly the loss of his only parent.

Constable Lagat was one of the police officers on duty at the airport one night in 1991 when a director of Goldenberg International arrived, carrying a suitcase full of gold. Constable Lagat bravely refused orders from senior officials whom he suspected of trying to cover up illegal actions. Even after he was forced to appear before the Criminal Investigations Department the Constable did not budge, refusing to give into corrupt officials as he felt that he would be breaking the rules.

Country / Territory - Kenya   
Region - Sub-Saharan Africa   
Language(s) - English   
Topic - Organised crime   |   Politics and government   |   Whistleblowing   
Tags - Central Bank of Kenya   |   Financial fraud   |   Constable Naftali Lagat   |   David Munyakei   |   Goldenberg Scandal   |   Diamonds   |   Gold   

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