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Foreign Envoys Call For Action On Corruption In Kenya
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Foreign Envoys Call For Action On Corruption In Kenya

Joint Statement by the Heads of Mission in Kenya On Corruption May 30, 2018 Corruption has long undermined Kenya’s prosperity, security, and democracy.  It is, quite simply, theft from the Kenyan people.  As friends, we welcome the recent action by the Director of Public Prosecutions, working with the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, to charge officials and others in connection with reports of widespread corruption at the National Youth Service.  We also welcome President Kenyatta’s statements and actions to address the corruption scourge.  We urge that Kenya’s judiciary take swift action, consistent with the rule of law, to ensure fair trials and justice. No country is free of corruption, and many of ours have faced challenges.  There are no shortcuts to tackling the problem.  It requires strong Kenyan political leadership, a commitment to zero tolerance for corruption, and all government and law enforcement agencies working together.  When there is evidence of corruption, those responsible should be prosecuted regardless of political party, social stature, or personal connections.  Individuals or organizations found guilty of stealing should be held accountable, to include forfeiting the proceeds of their crimes.  And Kenyans need strong, reliable institutions and systems that reduce the opportunities for corruption. As partners, we stand with Kenyans in the fight against corruption.  Many of us are providing wide-ranging assistance and support in this effort and we will continue to do so.  We know Kenyans can end corruption.  The challenge is for all Kenyans to join hands, take decisive action, and make the changes that are needed.   Robert F. Godec Ambassador of the United States   Nic Hailey High Commissioner for the United Kingdom   Stefano Dejak Ambassador, European Union Delegation to Kenya   Mette Knudsen Ambassador of Denmark   Anna Jardfeldt Ambassador of Sweden   Ralf Heckner Ambassador of Switzerland   Frans Makken Ambassador of the Netherlands   Tarja Fernández Ambassador of Finland   Jutta Frasch Ambassador of Germany   Alison Chartres High Commissioner for Australia   Mauro Massoni Ambassador of Italy   Sara Hradecky High Commissioner for Canada   Pavel Rezac Ambassador of Czech Republic   Jacek Bazanski Ambassador of Poland   Frantisek Dlhopolcek Ambassador of Slovak Republic   Julia Pataki Ambassador of Romania   Vebjørn Heines Chargé d’Affaires of Norway   Lisa Doherty Chargé d’Affaires of Ireland