Kakuma News Reflector – A Refugee Free Press

Kakuma fraud

Posted in Human Rights, Humanitarian Services, News Updates by KANERE on December 31, 2016

By KANERE’s News Desk

Five UN staff indicted for fraud are airlifted to Nairobi for investigation.  

Corruption in Kakuma has involved at least five UN staff in an investigation after a victim blew the whistle on the deal before it matured.

The five UN officials and two refugee staff were transferred to Nairobi to be investigated by UNHCR’s branch office for Kenya.

The five UN officials were from the protection, resettlement and community service unit in Kakuma’s UNHCR Sub-Office. The two refugee workers were both interpreters who are engaged by UNHCR on an incentive payment.

In accordance with United Nations policy, all services offered to refugees are free of charge including: shelter provision, refugee status determination and resettlement abroad. However, this is not the reality in every program run by UNHCR and other implementing partners in Kakuma.

Residents have complained about the rampant cases of fraud, theft of shelter material and police bribes in almost every sector of services delivered in the camp. There are at least a dozen fraud cases and rumours circulating around the communities in the camp but there has been no independent agency that could bravely come out to share the information with the media or shame the awful actions.

KANERE has approached UNHCR on the matter and the protection unit was not ready to disclose information on the scary scandal at the heart of Kakuma.

It’s often a kind of norm that the UNHCR’s response to the accusation of fraud is to send the staff involved in the scandals to different locations, or rarely to sack them from their jobs.

Nevertheless, KANERE noted that there are really great people who work hard to curb the menace of corruption within the UNHCR operation, while there are many corrupt officials who frustrate the process of investigation.

On a swift investigation KANERE learnt that some of the witnesses and informants have been transferred to Uganda by UNHCR thereby increasing the difficulty of investigating the truth.

Stay tuned for a more in-depth coverage about the fraud cases which will be covered in the subsequent edition of KANERE.

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