US threatens corrupt Kenyan officials with travel ban
10 November 2015, 15:02
Nairobi - US Ambassador to Kenya, Robert Godec has expressed concerns over the rising cases of corruption in the country and called on the state's leadership to ensure the vice ends.
Godec without mentioning names said corruption is a crisis to Jubilee government and the single major threat to the country's future.
"It is undermining the country's future. Corruption threatens Kenya's economic growth, the provision of government services, and security. It threatens the country's health care system. It must end," said the envoy.
Godec who spoke Tuesday after officiating the launch of KES 65 billion USAID funded medical commodities program in Nairobi, said all corrupt public officials must be probed and if found guilty face the full force of the law.
"The United States' position on this problem is very clear: all allegations of corruption must be investigated; and when evidence is found officials must be prosecuted and, if guilty, sent to prison regardless of their position or wealth," he said.
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"Ending corruption is first a task for leaders, but it is also the responsibility of everyone, all Kenyans. It needs concerted efforts of leaders, the civil society and all members of the public to bring it to an end," noted Godec, who added that the US, as a friend of Kenya will do all it can to help to fight graft as promised in the joint commitment issued during President Obama's historic visit.
Under the US Presidential Proclamation 7750, the United States Government reserves the right to suspend the entry into the United States of any non-American person engaged in or benefiting from public corruption.
Asked if his government is considering imposing a permanent travel ban on any Kenyan involved in corruption as per the US Presidential Proclamation 7750, Godec was non-committal.
"We will continue using the available mechanisms we have employed in the past in specific instances where we believe there is corruption. We will use the appropriate options on particular individuals where necessary," said Godec.
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