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“At the 2018 conference under the title State Capture and its Aftermath hosted by the Public Affairs Research Institute, Mr John Githongo, a prominent anti-corruption activist from Kenya, described the “usual suspects” in state capture. One category of persons he singled out as responsible in furthering the state capture project was “private actors in the service industry” – the people who “design the architecture” that enable corruption by bankers, lawyers, and accountants.[i] This category of persons, he warned, are often not held to account in the same way as other actors.

His comments were a timely reminder that corruption and state capture are two-way streets. A corrupt transaction requires at least two parties – on one hand, the person seeking to improperly induce (such as a private business owner seeking a tender) and on the other, the person who is improperly induced (such as the public official who improperly favours a tendering party).” — Politicsweb brief, Facilitating Malfeasance for a Fee

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