, NAIROBI, Kenya, April 4 – Western envoys have lauded President Uhuru Kenyatta’s tough action on corruption.
The envoys from the US, UK and Switzerland say the order by President Kenyatta for those implicated in corruption to step aside is a sign of good governance in the modern society.
In a joint statement, the envoys are now calling for stiffer penalties on the offenders who are found culpable.
“The High Commissioner of the United Kingdom and the Ambassadors of the United States and Switzerland, on behalf of their respective governments, welcome the recent statements and actions of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on the long-standing problem of corruption,” it stated.
Five Cabinet Secretaries are among top government officials who have stepped aside to pave way for investigations after they were implicated in a wave of corruption sweeping through various government departments.
“The recent steps of the Kenyan government, notably the charges and arrests in the Anglo Leasing scandal, send a strong signal in the fight against corruption. To win this fight, Kenya will need sustained action and follow-through, to include Independent, vigorous investigations into all reports of corruption regardless of whom they are against,” they said in a statement.
In the statement, the envoys emphasized the need for fair and speedy trials conducted in full accord with the rule of law and with equal treatment for all accused and appropriate sentences for those convicted of crimes, to include the possibility of prison terms.
They further indicated that tackling corruption will allow Kenya’s private sector to thrive, to attract further investment and to ensure that the benefits of economic growth are shared among all Kenyan citizens.
“Our governments have provided significant support and assistance to the Government of Kenya to address corruption. As committed partners, we stand with Kenya as it seeks to stop this scourge and make progress on ensuring prosperity, security, and good governance for all Kenyans,” they said.
The National Anti- Corruption Campaign Steering Committee (NACCSC) had also lauded President Kenyatta for his bold step in the fight against graft.
Chairman Arch Bishop Eliud Wabukala described the directive to all public and state officers implicated in the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission corruption list to step aside as an unprecedented move in Kenya’s history of the war against corruption.
He underscored the need for a change of attitude from all Kenyans for the war against corruption to be successful.
He further stated the need for the public to hold leaders accountable through public participation as provided in the constitution.
Senators Tuesday morning differed over the admissibility of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission confidential report presented by President Uhuru Kenyatta to Parliament last week.
In the afternoon, the National Assembly began debate on the report in addition to the President’s speech.