Kenyans in diaspora welcome war on graft

Many Kenyans in the diaspora have welcomed the raft of measures President Uhuru Kenyatta announced in an effort to stem the runaway corruption in the country.
While most took to the social media to react to President Kenyatta’s speech, others sent their messages directly to media houses.
Washington DC-based activist Peter Makanga – who has for a while been very critical of the President’s style of leadership – was among the first Kenyans to send a statement to the Nation Monday.
“On behalf of Kenyans for Kenya, USA Chapter, I wish to state that we fully support President Uhuru Kenyatta’s latest effort to rid Kenya of corruption,” the statement read.
Security threat
On Monday, President Kenyatta declared corruption a national security threat as he delivered a statement announcing a raft of measures to stem the plunder of the nation’s wealth.
The President’s address was relayed live on local televisions.
His statement was quickly greeted by a barrage of online comments, many of them from Kenyans living abroad whose remittances have reclined in the recent past with some raising concerns over the economic situation in the country.
Juliet Kananu, a resident of Birmingham, UK wrote: “At least Mr Kenyatta is no longer living in denial. If unchecked, high level corruption may very well be his waterloo.”
MaritimJ wrote the following on Instagram: “All Kenyans of goodwill must now acknowledge Uhuru’s willingness to take the ugly bull by the horns and support his efforts.”
Benefit of doubt
Njoroge John of Kennesaw, Georgia said: “The guy seems genuine. We’ve bashed him for far too long. Let us now give him a chance.”
@GraceHg was, however, a little sceptical. “We have heard those statements before. But let us give the President the benefit of doubt this time around,” she said on Twitter.
“We must see convictions and subsequent recovery of the lost billions soon. Otherwise this will just pass as another window-dressing exercise,” said Cape Town-based businessman Jonah Kasuku.
“Corruption is in the very DNA of the country and her people. Tinkering around the edges will not stem its spread,” wrote Washington Osiro on, a US based online publication.
Maggie Marika, an Atlanta-based political commentator wrote: “Those responsible for the wanton looting of public coffers must be charged and the money tracked to mitigate the loss.”