“Summary of 13 Years a Slave” by Joseph Nderitu

Joseph Nderitu gave the keynote presentation at RAG Johannesburg 2019, talking with great power and humour about the need to preserve integrity in the face of corruption. The lecture drew upon the incident in April 2019 when Joseph, who was then employed as Head of RAFM at Vodacom Tanzania, was wrongly accused by the Tanzanian government of conspiring with Vodacom’s CEO and other senior managers to commit fraud.

Joseph’s story about coping with adversity and false accusations prompted an emotional response from the audience, and his analysis of the factors that lead to corruption should become an essential part of the training syllabus for all telecoms risk managers. Nothing will recreate the intensity of the talk Joseph gave, but the slides capture some of Joseph’s wit and wisdom; you can see them below.