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John Githongo on Confronting the New Authoritarianism in Africa

Venue: Paul Brest Hall, Munger Bldg 4 (55 Salvatierra Walk), Stanford main campus

Hosts: Haas Center for Public Service and Center for African Studies

Speaker: John Githongo is a journalist and former correspondent for The Economist who currently serves as chief executive officer of Inuka Kenya Ni Sisi Ltd., a Kenya-based nongovernmental organization that works with Kenyan youth to provide civic education and address societal problems. From 2003 to 2004, he served as permanent secretary for governance and ethics in the post-transition government of Kenya's third president, Mwai Kibaki. However, Githongo began to expose corruption within the administration that appointed him. Fearing for his safety, he fled Kenya and spent time in hiding in Britain. He returned to Kenya in 2008. In 2011 he was selected as one of the world's 100 most influential Africans by New African magazine and one of the world's top 100 global thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine. For more, see Stanford News.