Joint Statement by the Heads of Mission in Kenya on Corruption

Joint Statement by the Heads of Mission in Kenya

On Corruption

May 30, 2018

Corruption has long undermined Kenya’s prosperity, security, and democracy.  It is, quite simply, theft from the Kenyan people.  As friends, we welcome the recent action by the Director of Public Prosecutions, working with the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, to charge officials and others in connection with reports of widespread corruption at the National Youth Service.  We also welcome President Kenyatta’s statements and actions to address the corruption scourge.  We urge that Kenya’s judiciary take swift action, consistent with the rule of law, to ensure fair trials and justice.

No country is free of corruption, and many of ours have faced challenges.  There are no shortcuts to tackling the problem.  It requires strong Kenyan political leadership, a commitment to zero tolerance for corruption, and all government and law enforcement agencies working together.  When there is evidence of corruption, those responsible should be prosecuted regardless of political party, social stature, or personal connections.  Individuals or organizations found guilty of stealing should be held accountable, to include forfeiting the proceeds of their crimes.  And Kenyans need strong, reliable institutions and systems that reduce the opportunities for corruption.

As partners, we stand with Kenyans in the fight against corruption.  Many of us are providing wide-ranging assistance and support in this effort and we will continue to do so.  We know Kenyans can end corruption.  The challenge is for all Kenyans to join hands, take decisive action, and make the changes that are needed.

 

Robert F. Godec

Ambassador of the United States

 

Nic Hailey

High Commissioner for the United Kingdom

 

Stefano Dejak

Ambassador, European Union Delegation to Kenya

 

Mette Knudsen

Ambassador of Denmark

 

Anna Jardfeldt

Ambassador of Sweden

 

Ralf Heckner

Ambassador of Switzerland

 

Frans Makken

Ambassador of the Netherlands

 

Tarja Fernández

Ambassador of Finland

 

Jutta Frasch

Ambassador of Germany

 

Alison Chartres

High Commissioner for Australia

 

Mauro Massoni

Ambassador of Italy

 

Sara Hradecky

High Commissioner for Canada

 

Pavel Rezac

Ambassador of Czech Republic

 

Jacek Bazanski

Ambassador of Poland

 

Frantisek Dlhopolcek

Ambassador of Slovak Republic

 

Julia Pataki

Ambassador of Romania

 

Vebjørn Heines

Chargé d’Affaires of Norway

 

Lisa Doherty
Chargé d’Affaires of Ireland