Joint Statement by U.S. Ambassador Robert F. Godec, British High Commissioner Christian Turner, and Swiss Ambassador Jacques Pitteloud

The High Commissioner of the United Kingdom and the Ambassadors of the United States and Switzerland, on behalf of their respective governments, welcome the recent statements and actions of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on the long-standing problem of corruption.

The recent steps of the Kenyan government, notably the charges and arrests in the Anglo Leasing scandal, send a strong signal in the fight against corruption. To win this fight, Kenya will need sustained action and follow-through, to include:

  • Independent, vigorous investigations into all reports of corruption regardless of whom they are against;
  • Fair, speedy trials conducted in full accord with the rule of law and with equal treatment for all accused; and,
  • Appropriate sentences for those convicted of crimes, to include the possibility of prison terms.

Tackling corruption will allow Kenya’s private sector to thrive, to attract further investment and to ensure that the benefits of economic growth are shared among all Kenyan citizens.

Our governments have provided significant support and assistance to the Government of Kenya to address corruption. As committed partners, we stand with Kenya as it seeks to stop this scourge and make progress on ensuring prosperity, security, and good governance for all Kenyans.