US government agrees to help Kenya fight war on graft

The United States of America government has agreed to send to Kenya one of its best prosecutors to support the East African nation in the ongoing war against corruption.

This was subsequent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji, and Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) chief George Kinoti held talks with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) assistant director David Bowdich and US Deputy Attorney General Bruce Swartz through a three-day visit.

The Haji-led delegation toured the FBI headquartered on Tuesday, June 11, and reached Bowdich who praised the Kenyan government for the struggles it was making in fighting fraud and indicated Worthington would not hesitate to give full assistance when needed.

Swartz established America was ready to work with Kenya in fighting the corruption scourge.

US government agrees to help Kenya fight war on graft
Section of FBI HQ

“United States Justice Department is set to attach a superior US prosecutor to extend the ongoing anti-corruption efforts.
This was announced by the US deputy attorney general Bruce Swartz during a meeting with Kenyan delegation,” the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) confirmed on Wednesday evening.

The US support, Swartz showed, will not just be on fighting corruption, but also in other areas such as counter-terrorism, organized crime, drug trafficking, and human trafficking.

The new progress comes against the backdrop of high-profile cases implicating senior state officers and county bosses, some of whom are under investigation for various corruption-related allegations.

Haji had in May 2019 confirmed the investigative agencies were facing difficulties in probing and prosecuting some of the big cranks even as he warned no one would be spared in the fight.

Among the high-voltage graft probes that are ongoing are the multi-billion Arror and Kimwarer dams scandal in which several powerful cabinet secretaries were mentioned, and most recently the fake gold scam in which a sitting senator was mentioned together with other big names.

The DPP has additionally not given up the fight in Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu’s corruption case despite suffering a significant blow following a five-judge bench on May 31, 2019, threw out the case on the grounds that evidence was obtained illegally.

In the Mwilu incident, Haji went as far as appointing the Queen’s Counsel Khawar Qureshi to head the prosecution team.

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