Does poverty lead to Corruption?
Recall the infamous statement by Nicholas Biwott ‘I would rather die than live poor” poverty is very dehumanizing and violent and I guess that is why people like Gichuru and Biwott became who they are today THIEVES with an immense appetite of accumulation wealth by any means necessary
The biggest news in the blogosphere is the latest extradition request by Interpol for the arrest and extradition of the MD former Kenya Power and Lighting Corporation Gichuru for crimes money laundering crimes. The biggest question is where the Kenyan government will arrest Gichuru. However, I think the big story is why did a man who according to his classmate was a honest and hard working turn out to be the most corrupt company Director in the recent Kenya history. The clue lies on the level of poverty and misery that Gichuru grew up in. This past weekend I was at a party and I met Gichuru secondary school classmate who told me of how he could not believe what became of Gichuru. According to my source Gichuru grew up very poor. During his school days at Michinda in elburgon he used to walk over 20 miles every day to go school. Can you imagine walking all the way from Rongai to Elburgone every day? The reason being that Gichuru parents could not afford boarding fees for him to stay at school. According to his school mate there was unwritten rule for all teachers to let Gichuru out of school at 3 pm because his journey home was 6 hours long.
This type of poverty may have led Gichuru to want accumulate wealth so that he does not ever be poor again. The same compulsive hoarding is found in people who grew up in United States during the Great depression
To me Gichuru corruption is a natural self preservation instinct that leads a lot of people who grow up in hardships to become Compulsive Hoarders of money and food because they want to have enough incase misfortune befalls them again