As strong and committed international partners of Kenya, we share the concern of Kenyans at the ongoing problem of corruption. We agree with President Kenyatta that corruption threatens the country’s economic growth, the provision of government services, and security. It deters investment and costs jobs. Corruption is undermining Kenya’s future.
Today, we met with officials of the Government of Kenya’s Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission and reiterated our support to strengthen a culture of integrity in Kenya. Broadly, we welcomed the steps President Kenyatta and the government have taken in recent months to address corruption. Commission officials outlined their efforts to address the corruption crisis and we discussed how the partners can further support these efforts.
In our discussions today, we agreed that all allegations of corruption must be investigated. When evidence of corruption is found, those responsible must be prosecuted and, if guilty, appropriately punished – regardless of position or wealth. For our part, the international partners will continue to assist with investigations that involve our citizens or cross into our jurisdictions. We are committed to taking tough and swift action when our own citizens are involved in activities that weaken the rule of law in Kenya. We are prepared to take further steps to support the Kenyan 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.
In the discussions, the international partners also urged the government to take further steps to empower the Commission and other corruption-fighting agencies with the tools and resources needed to counter the scourge of corruption in a credible, effective, and sustained manner.
Building integrity and a culture that prevents corruption must be a priority for Kenya’s leaders, but it is also the responsibility of every Kenyan. Government officials, opposition politicians, the judiciary, civil society, business, faith leaders, and citizens alike must make clear they will not tolerate corruption. And all must take appropriate action to end it. As international partners, we will work together with Kenyans to achieve this goal.
This statement has been issued by the following Heads of Mission in Kenya:
United States Ambassador Robert F. Godec
United Kingdom High Commissioner Christian Turner
Canada Chargé d’affaires Jamie Christoff
Finland Ambassador Tarja Fernández
France Ambassador Remi Marechaux
Germany Ambassador Jutta Frasch
Japan Deputy Ambassador Mikio Mori
Netherlands Deputy Head of Mission Marielle Geraedts
Norway Ambassador Victor Rønneberg
Sweden Ambassador Johan Borgstam
Switzerland Ambassador Ralf Heckner