Kenya's anti-graft body vows action on ministers

Tue Dec 14, 2010 5:12pm GMT
 

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's anti-corruption chief said on Tuesday his agency will in the next week forward the case files of four former and sitting cabinet ministers accused of graft to the attorney general, for possible prosecution.

Patrick Lumumba, the agency's head, did not name the specific ministers whose cases will be sent to the attorney general. He said the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission (KACC) was investigating the lifestyles of some high-ranking civil servants, as part of the nation's renewed war on corruption.

"The investigations into four ministers are going very well, in the next one week we should be making appropriate recommendations to the attorney general," he said.

"We want to know by what magic they (government officials) have acquired their wealth while their salaries are known," Lumumba added at the launch of the body's annual report.

At least six ministers have been suspended or stepped aside over graft allegations since President Mwai Kibaki came to power in 2002 on an anti-graft platform.

Four regained their seats after their cases never made it to court, while Foreign Affairs Minister Moses Wetangula and Higher Education Minister William Ruto remain suspended from their posts.

KENYA'S IMAGE

Analysts say corruption has tarnished the image of east Africa's biggest economy and has stifled economic growth, deterring potential investors.

Kenya ranked 154th out of 178 in Transparency International's 2010 corruption perceptions index, on a par with Central African Republic, Comoros, Congo-Brazzavile and Russsia.   Continued...

 
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