The US Government has lauded efforts by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) in fighting corruption and has vowed to support Kenya in combating the menace.

US Ambassador to Kenya Kyle McCarter said America is impressed by the commitment displayed by the organisation in successfully investigating complex cases which have led to prosecutions of high profile individuals accused of corruption.

“Always good to see my friend @DCI_Kenya, fighting together vs thieves that are stealing the deserved prosperity the wananchi deserve. #USAMarafiki is investing in training and capacity building and blocking entry to US to #stopthesethieves. Tutafanya kazi pamoja na kushinda (we shall work together and win),” the Ambassador said on Twitter after calling on DCI Director George Kinoti at his Mazingira House office on Kiambu Road.

Throughout 2019, the DCI was credited in handling high profile cases involving billions of shillings, even hauling powerful Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich and his Principal Secretary Kamau Thugge and other officials in court. The duo have since been replaced after facing charges over the Arror and Kimwarer dams scandal in which the public lost billions in dubious tenders.

Former Treasury CS Henry Rotich (right) and his then Principal Secretary Kamau Thugge (left) when they were charged over the dams scandal in July 2019. /CFM-FILE.

McCarter told Kinoti the US will continue to support the country and specifically the DCI in the war against corruption.

And he said the US will not hesitate from barring corrupt individuals from visiting America, as a way to discourage looting of public resources.

In mid-November, Kenya’s former Attorney General and the current Busia Senator Amos Wako and his family were barred from entering the United States, over “involvement in significant corruption.”

McCarter said the US Government has been investing in training and capacity building of law enforcement officers, in a move meant to ensure their ability to detect and stop the menace is enhanced.

In June, Ambassador McCarter said Kenya has been losing a staggering Sh800 billion to corruption annually.

Ironically, the amount stolen from public coffers amount to the value of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four Agenda, according to the envoy.

“There is a big fund available that can fix all your problems. Every year, $8 billion is stolen from this country,” the envoy said. “If we can just take that fund, your problems would be solved. In Kenya, there is a choice to be made.”

The United States is one of Kenya’s key development partner, investing billions of shillings in key sectors like security, health, education, and agriculture.

Report courtesy of Capital Fm


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