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The fight against corruption is unstoppable and will be painful to the perpetrators, approved President Uhuru Kenyatta said Tuesday.

He said the time for rhetoric is gone and it is now time for action.

The President said the anti-graft war is not about individuals, remedy but against the vice and must target all perpetrators, including senior members of government.

In this sustainable war against vice, the President has brought all the anti-corruption agencies together and they are working in harmony “for the first time in history”.

“From the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to the Director of Public Prosecutions; from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations to the Assets Recovery Agency and Financial Reporting Centre, our anti-corruption institutions have shown unprecedented unity of action without any compromise of their constitutional independence,” said President Kenyatta.

Kenyatta has in recent months come under fire over increased levels of corruption in the country.

Kenyatta has since fired suspect corrupt officials but the vice appears so deep-rooted.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga last week piled pressure on Kenyatta to release information on the allegedly missing US$1.4 billion (KSh.140 billion) of the Eurobond monies.

Odinga said Kenyatta was the primary advocate of Eurobond, ultimately worth US$2.75 billion in 2014 but most of the monies cannot be accounted for.


But speaking today, Kenyatta said there has been progress on fighting graft and results to show on the new drive.

“More than 350 cases are in progress – and many relate to some of the highest-ranking members of Government.  This is a war against corruption, not against the small fish,” the Head of State said.

The President challenged the judiciary to do its part to ensure the war on corruption is sustained and won.

“The judiciary has committed to matching our zeal in this struggle.  It is time, now, for them to live up to that commitment,” said the President.

The Head of State spoke when he opened the United Nation Global Compact’s 17tt Anti-Corruption Working Group Meeting and International Anti-Corruption Conference at a Nairobi Hotel.

The two-day conference will discuss the role of the private sector and whistleblowers in the fight against the vice, and the illegal killing and trade of wildlife, among other issues.

The President said since the government started the new war on corruption, there have been wide consultations with the private sector, resulting in the drafting of the Bribery Bill (drafted by the private sector) and which is at the Attorney General’s office and will later be presented to the National Assembly for debate.

That partnership, said the President, has also resulted in the new code of conduct for the business  community to which the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) recently committed itself to and “ which Government is adopting as part of its regulations under our procurement law”, he said.

He asked the private sector, which has a direct stake in the success against corruption,  to hold other sectors including international friends and partners to the same code when doing business.

“That means direct, unrelenting pressure to bring tax avoidance and tax evasion to an end,” he added.

Officials say although corruption is not a peculiarly Kenyan problem , a perception created by the global media, the vice has reached levels that anger all Kenyans because the vice threatens the very foundation and trust on which the nation rests.

“Corruption threatens the trust which is at the heart of what it means to be Kenyan. That is why we are so incensed by it. That is why we must end it,” said Kenyatta.

And without that trust, he pointed out, “we have neither an effective government nor a united country.”

So deep

The President said untamed corruption had interfered with businesses operations, national examinations, availability of medicines and delivery of health care in hospitals and at worst, the radicalization of the youth.

“And if a radicalized young man can bribe his way to cross our borders, then we have reason to fear.  If these habits continue, they will destroy all trust between Kenyans, and between them and their government,” he said.

The President said Kenyans must change their attitude and nurture a new way of life which is clean of corruption.

“Another attitude is possible. There is a better way,” he said and faulted cynics who plunge themselves into the vice on grounds that Kenyans will always be corrupt and cannot change.

“Some feel that corruption will always be with us.  They think the dirt of corruption will never be wiped clean.  They plunge themselves into the muck.”

Attorney General Prof. Githu Muigai said the country is entering a critical stage in the fight against corruption adding that he met with Swiss Prosecutors this morning to drive the Anglo-leasing cases which had dragged for 11 years.

Safaricom Chief Executive Officer Bob Collymore said the firm will no longer conduct any business with companies blacklisted by the government over corruption.
Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta has received credentials from twelve incoming envoys at State House, viagra buy Nairobi with some pledging to strengthen ties with the host country with the view of promoting regional trade and security.

The envoys were the new Greece Ambassador to Kenya, viagra 60mg Konstantinos Moatsos, visit Ambassador Hadi Farajvand of Iran and United Kingdom High Commissioner Nicholas James Hailey.

Others were Ahmat Awad Sakine of Chad resident in Addis Ababa, Fafre Camara of Mali also resident in Addis Ababa, Korea’s Myong Kyong Chol resident in Kampala, Sychelles High Commissioner Joseph Nouriice resident in Addis Ababa, Osman Keh-Kamara of Sierra Leone,  Nenad Prelog of Croatia resident in Addis Ababa, Nasri Abujaish of Palestine and resident in Addis Ababa, Miss Cherry Kay Spencer of Jamaica resident in Pretoria and Bruce Rata Shepherd of New Zealand resident in Addis Ababa.

Addressing the ambassadors, President Kenyatta affirmed his Government’s commitment to working closely with them to enhance cooperation between Kenya and their respective countries.

The President said Kenya welcomed the exchange of ideas and experiences with friendly countries that would contribute to improving the lives of Kenyans.

“I am looking forward to working closely with you in not only improving relations between our countries but also for the benefit of the people of our countries,” said President Kenyatta.

Presenting his credentials, UK’s James Hailey assured that Great Britain would continue to support Kenya’s development agenda in all areas including job creation, security, promoting integrity and in harnessing the potential of new industries, infrastructure and technologies.

Mr Hailey also said Great Britain remained committed to supporting East African integration, sustainable peace in Somalia, South Sudan and the Great Lakes as well as tackling global challenges of the 21st century.

“We face the challenges of climate change and the spread of violent extremism as closed partners and as members of the Commonwealth and the International Community of nations,” the new envoy said.

New Greece Ambassador stressed the need to activate the protocol of political consultations and finalization of contractual framework in the areas of economic and tax cooperation, investment protection, agriculture and tourism.

Mr. Moatsos said the Kenyan strategy for economic development “Vision 2030” represents an opportunity for Greek companies especially in the area of construction.

Iran Ambassador said his country has many areas of interest to Kenya, particularly in medical, Agriculture, science and research, building constructions, food processing and education.

Jamaican High Commissioner, on her part, said Kenya’s contribution towards political stability in East Africa and its humanitarian efforts in Somalia and South Sudan are plausible.

Spencer said she will strive to establish a framework agreement to strengthen the cooperation between Kenya and her country in areas of sport, people-to-people contacts, trade and investment.

New Zealand High Commissioner said the long standing relationship between the two countries is shaped by the Commonwealth Bonds and assured of support in combating the scourge of violent extremism among other global security challenges.

Keh-Kamara OF Sierra Leone thanked the Kenya Government for the immense support during the Ebola outbreak. The country has since been declared Ebola-free by World Health Organisation (WHO).

Present were Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amb. Amina Mohamed and Principal Secretary, Eng. Karanja Kibicho among others.


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