Western countries threaten to sanction corrupt Kenyan ministers

FACE OF CORRUPTION: Anne Waiguru, Cabinet Secretary of Devolution is under fire

FACE OF CORRUPTION: Anne Waiguru, Cabinet Secretary of Devolution is under fire

The United States, United Kingdom and nine other nations in the West have announced intentions to execute travel bans and asset freeze on top government officials in Kenya implicated in corruption scandals.

The stern joint warning comes after 11 ambassadors and heads of diplomatic missions in Kenya met with Kenya’s Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) Thursday in the capital Nairobi and urged the government to implement its anti-corruption commitments.

Led by the US Ambassador to the East African nation, Robert  Godec, the diplomats strongly warn Kenyan government officials to refrain from corruption or risk facing sanctions.

“We do not issue visas if individuals are involved in graft or corruption,” Ambassador Godec said adding the US and countries have been concerned about corruption in Kenya for some time.

On his part, the British High Commissioner to Kenya Christian Turner, revealed the 11 partners will work together in tracking down government officials corruption related wealth wherever it might be.

Corruption in Kenya is currently in the headlines as the Cabinet Secretary in Charge of Devolution Anne Waiguru is under intense public pressure to explain the alleged disappearance of a staggering KSh791 million from the ministry’s National Youth Service (NYS) program.

Ms. Waiguru has vehemently maintained her innocence amidst calls for resignation and sacking by the president

Besides Waiguru, four other cabinet secretaries are currently suspended pending investigations into corruption scandals in which they are implicated.

Canada, Germany, US, UK, France, Holland, Sweden, Switzerland, Finland, Norway and Japan are pressing the Kenyan government to thoroughly investigate corruption cases and punish the culprits.

Representatives of these countries in Kenya have also pledged support to the country’s anti-corruption commission.