In 2019 we will freeze, recover stolen assets, Uhuru warns graft lords


In 2019 we will freeze, recover stolen assets, Uhuru warns graft lords
President Uhuru Kenyatta speaking at State House Mombasa. PHOTO| COURTESY

President Uhuru Kenyatta has once again sounded a warning to those implicated in graft that their days are numbered.

In his New Year message on Monday evening, President Kenyatta said the government will institute legal measures to freeze and recover stolen public resources.

“In 2019, my administration will enhance the work of the Asset Recovery Agency to ensure that we aggressively seek court orders to freeze and confiscate assets such as bank accounts, vehicles, and real estate,” said Kenyatta in a public address at State House, Mombasa.

He added: “Individuals charged with corruption offences will not be allowed to flaunt their ill-gotten wealth as court proceedings are ongoing.”

The Head of State said that once the suspects are convicted, the assets will be transferred to the Criminal Asset Recovery Fund, ready for use to finance development projects and programmes.

He urged all government bodies and members of the public to unite in the fight against corruption, assuring that the war against graft would be intensified in the new year.

“To win this war against corruption requires all of us to work together as a people, in appreciation of the fact that corruption is our common enemy. In this respect, I urge every Kenyan to reject bribery, and those who try and buy our favour through the use of monies gained from fraud.

“In the same spirit, all arms of government have to commit to work together against this enemy of development,” said Kenyatta.

At the same time, President Kenyatta reiterated that the new curriculum would be implemented when schools reopen on Thursday.

“When schools re-open on the 3rd of January, learners in Elementary and Grades 1 through 3 will begin learning through a dynamic competence-based curriculum. Preparations for this will be more organised in 2019, and I expect the officials charged with this noble responsibility to work harder, and communicate better as we try to build up the leaders of tomorrow,” he said.

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