Joint Statement by Heads of Mission in Kenya on Corruption0
Joint Statement by Heads of Mission in Kenya on Corruption:
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
Ambassador, European Union Delegation to Kenya
Ambassador of Sweden
Ambassador of the Netherlands
Ambassador of Germany
Ambassador of Italy
Ambassador of Czech Republic
Ambassador of Slovak Republic
Chargé’ d’Affaires of Ireland
High Commissioner for the United Kingdom
Ambassador of Denmark
Ambassador of Switzerland
Ambassador of Finland
High Commissioner for Australia
High Commissioner for Canada
Ambassador of Poland
Ambassador of Romania
Chargé d’Affaires of Norway