Prosecute corrupt gov’t officials-UK envoy

Prosecute corrupt gov't officials-UK envoy
British High Comissioner to Kenya Nic Hailey gestures when he replaced Christian Turner for the position in 2015,he has called on Kenya's elected leaders to be firm when dealing with corruption

The UK government has now promised to support the Kenyan government in the war against graft.

Speaking to Citizen Digital, the UK ambassador to Kenya Nic Hailey promised to invest in resources which will aid in recovering stolen assets from public coffers.

Hailey challenged Kenya’s next President and all elected governors to scale up the fight against graft further insisting that government officials including political big wigs should be held accountable if found guilty.

“I think tackling corruption is the biggest thing that the Kenyan government needs to do, all the governors and government officials at every level need to tackle corruption in this country.” posed Hailey

While committing to work closely with Kenyan institutions tasked to fight corruption, the ambassador assured to give them the required training to help them deliver in their bid.

“As Kenya’s partner, we are committed to doing everything that we can, that includes training for legal cases and helping to get assets back from the UK implying that when people have stolen money through corruption. That money can be brought back and be used for the benefit of Kenyan people.” Hailey said.

At the same time the envoy urged Kenyan government to accommodate civil society participation in the country and to desist from frustrating them adding that the involvement of civil bodies in a growing democratic nation is crucial.

The High Commissioner’s statement comes ahead of Kenya’s repeat Presidential election slated for 17th October after President Kenyatta’s re-election was nullified by the Supreme Court.

Kenyatta’s first term in office was marred by a series of corruption allegations levelled against his administration.

Similarly a number of governors have also been accused of misappropriation of county funds during their first time in office.

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Story By Wahome Gitonga
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