Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday vowed to sustain fight against corruption to help attract investment and tackle insecurity which have deterred investors in the country.
In a joint statement issued after a meeting with British High Commissioner Christian Turner, Swiss Ambassador Jacques Pitteloud and officials of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), Kenyatta vowed to ensure that the benefits of economic growth are shared amongst all Kenyans.
“All parties agreed on the continued importance of tackling corruption in order to attract investment, tackle insecurity, and to ensure that the benefits of economic growth are shared amongst all Kenyans,” the statement said.
The Kenyan leader warned that attempts to derail the anti- corruption campaign would not succeed. His remarks come after many Kenyans including Kenyatta criticized EACC for inaction on graft cases in the country
Kenyans have raised complaints that files whose cases had been reported to the commission were not acted upon by the secretariat that is in charge of investigations and corruption files are intentionally being delayed.
Suspended EACC chairman Mumo Matemu and Vice-chairperson Irene Keino have resigned days after the president established a tribunal to investigate them over integrity issues.
Speaking during the meeting, both the British and Swiss envoys welcomed the recent statements and actions of Kenyatta on the long- standing problem of corruption and acknowledged the recent steps of the government, notably the charges and arrests in the Anglo Leasing scandal and the moves to address the institutional capacity constraints of the EACC.
“They pledged their continued support for the President, government and EACC in these efforts, and committed to sustain vital assistance that would ensure that the perpetrators of corruption are held to account and brought to justice,” the statement said. Enditem