US Special Agents Now Join Corruption War in Kenya
The United States government has announced that its special agents will now be involved in fighting the rampant corruption in Kenya.
According to US Ambassador Robert Godec, highly trained detectives have been collaborating with their local counterparts in creating a special unit to focus on cross-border crimes revolving around corruption.
In his column on Saturday Nation, Godec further announced that experienced US advisors were assisting the National Police Service Commission and Independent Policing Oversight Authority in eliminating impunity within service, which has been listed as one of the departments most affected by graft.
The measures according to Godec are part of an agreement that was signed by Kenya and US governments during last year’s visit by President Barrack Obama, when more than 40 anti-corruption measures were deliberated upon.
In an attempt to end the vice in public offices, the ambassador revealed that America was helping the Kenyan government develop an ethics training curriculum that would be mandatory for all public officers.
American Chamber of Commerce, according to the envoy, had also joined in the fight with a plan to transform government procurement and contracting system which has been subject to manipulation thus aiding in spreading corruption.
Regarding graft suspects, the US government has promised that its authorities would continue to revoke their visas as a show of commitment in the war against corruption.
The statement comes a day after government Spokesman Eric Kiraithe stated that Kenya would write to the US and protest against a documentary aired on a US television, showing how much corruption was hurting Kenya