Britain to Help Recover Looted Cash
The Nation (Nairobi)
February 18, 2006
Posted to the web February 17, 2006
Je mets en garde la France pour qu’elle évite ce genre de fantaisie. Sinon, je parlerai …. et cela fera du mal à Chirac !!! (Humour)
The British government is keen on helping Kenyan authorities trace and recove r stolen public funds stashed in its banks.
High commissioner Adam Wood said the two countries were bound by a United Nations convention, of which they are signatories, to « identify and recover assets from convicted persons. »
Britain was closely following corruption investigations by the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission (KACC), said Mr Wood.
« What’s important now are the investigations, which are remarkable, as Kenyans have found their voices, » said the envoy.
KACC investigations follow two mega corruption scandals – Goldenberg and Anglo Leasing – perpetrated by government officials in former and current regimes respectively.
Mr Wood also brushed aside accusations that former Ethics and Governance permanent secretary John Githongo was a British spy. They should not be taken seriously, he said.
Among those being questioned by KACC is former Transport minister Chris Murungaru, whom the UK banned from setting foot on its soil.
The United States followed suit by denying him visa.
In Mr Githongo’s corruption dossier, Dr Murungaru was adversely mentioned alongside former Cabinet colleagues Kiraitu Murungi and Finance minister David Mwiraria, who have since resigned to pave the way for the KACC investigation.
Dr Murungaru was yesterday taken to court by KACC for failing to declare his wealth and its source to the anti-graft watchdog.
Passports of at least 16 other prominent people in the Kanu and current regimes, including former Education minister George Saitoti , have been seized as the investigations continue.
Others include former President Moi’s sons – Gideon and Philip and former director of public prosecutions Philip Murgor.