The music at the farewell party for outgoing World Bank Kenya country representative Mukthar Diop on 29 April was keeping up the neighbours. Not normally the cause for a diplomatic row, except when one of your neighbours in the exclusive Nairobi enclave of Muthaiga is Lucy Kibaki, the first lady (and Diop’s landlord). Ms Kibaki went several times to her local police station to report a disturbance of the peace and then directly to the party in an attempt to shut off the offending racket, apparently undeterred by the presence of two of her children at the party.
The IMF and the World Bank are increasingly engaged with the challenge of addressing how tax avoidance and evasion affect developing countries, but need to address the role played by multinational enterprises and tax havens in exacerbating inequality and undermining countries’ domestic revenues.
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