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Uhuru pained by Anglo Leasing payments

16 May 2014, 16:19 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta is pained by the decision to pay two European companies KES 1.4 billion, making up the Anglo Leasing scandal but says the country has no choice but to.

Speaking in a state of the nation address in Nairobi Friday, the president was at pains to explain the rationale behind the country being forced to make the payments.

" We lost the cases and as much as I am pained to accept it, we as a country are in no position to default on the payments, he said.

" It is painful but I would like to tell Kenyans that the case does not end here and the government will actively pursue this cases, he added.

Despite rebuke from Kenyans over the payments and admitting that he had in the past argued against the payments and scandal at large, the president insisted that there would have to be action taken by the relevant offices once the payments are made.

" I stand by what I said in 2006 on Anglo Leasing. No doubt in my mind about what I said. We have told all the appropriate agencies to open up investigations on the Anglo Leasing scandal.

" The pressure I'm putting on the State Law Office is that they must up their game to ensure that the money paid out is recovered and that Kenya gets restitution, he added.

The payments are expected to move forward despite parliament getting set to debate the same in a couple of weeks time.

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