11 Western countries to impose travel bans on graft suspects

By: MUCHEMI WACHIRA

Eleven Western countries have said they are willing to impose travel bans on Kenyans implicated in corruption.

The envoys said their governments are prepared to support Kenya in the fight against corruption.

“We are prepared to take further steps to support the Kenya authorities including, when permitted by law, the return of stolen assets to the Kenyan people or to impose travel restrictions on those responsible for graft.

“When evidence of corruption is found those responsible must be prosecuted, (and) if guilty, appropriately punished regardless of position or wealth,” the envoys said in a statement read by US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec.

They welcomed recent efforts by President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration to fight the vice but said the government should empower institutions fighting corruption.

They said the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission should be equipped with the tools and resources needed to counter corruption in a credible, effective and sustained manner.

The envoys from the US, the UK, Germany, France, Finland, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland were addressing journalists after visiting the EACC.

SOURCE: DAILY NATION