Kenyan citizens protest in Nairobi against government corruption





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Created Date

August 21, 2020 - 7:15pm


Contributed date

May 5, 2021 - 7:10pm

Critical Commentary

This photo was originally captioned: "A protester holds a placard during a demonstration against suspected corruption in the response of the Kenyan government to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Nairobi, Kenya, August 21, 2020. REUTERS/Baz Ratner". The article that this photo accompanied mentioned that police had teargassed protesters in Nairobi during a demonstration against alleged corruption in the procurement of protective gear meant for defence against COVID-19. (It is unclear if this photo was from the demonstration that was eventually teargassed or if this was a different demonstration). This image is interesting because these protests of corruption transpired even prior to the current public criticism of the government and the IMF for issuing new additional government loans, (which are ostensibly to help alleviate the economic burden that COVID-19 has had on citizens). Against a backdrop of already widespread public critique of corruption, what responsibilities do international lending bodies have to withhold funds from national governments whose citizens do not trust them to distribute the funds equitably?


Malalo, Humphrey. 2020. ‘Kenya Anti-Graft Agency Slams Procurement of COVID-19 Equipment’. Reuters, 24 September 2020.

Cite as

Baz Ratner and Reuters, 21 August 2020, "Kenyan citizens protest in Nairobi against government corruption", contributed by Angela Okune, Research Data Share, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 5 May 2021, accessed 21 July 2024.