More still needs to be done in war against graft,envoys say as they pledge support in fighting the vice

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BY  JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,30TH MAY 2018-Fifteen envoys working for  different   Mission in the country  says there still remains more to be done in the war again graft .

The head of missions includes , Ambassadors Robert Godec of the United States, Nic Hailey (High Commissioner for the United Kingdom,), Stefano Dejak (European Union Delegation to Kenya), Anna Jardfeldt (Sweden), Frans Makken (Netherlands), Jutta Frasch (Germany), Mauro Massoni (Italy) Pavel Rezac (Czech Republic),  Frantisek Dlhopolcek(Slovak Republic)and Vebjørn Heines (Norway).

Others include Ambassador of Denmark Mette Knudsen, Ralf Heckner (Switzerland), Tarja Fernández (Finland) Alison Chartres (High Commissioner for Australia) Sara Hradecky (for Canada), Jacek Bazanski (Poland), Julia Pataki (Romania) and Lisa Doherty (Ireland). They have asked  the Judiciary to take swift action to ensure fair trials and justice in the recent corruption cases.

They  welcome the recent action by the Director of Public Prosecutions, working with the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, to charge officials in connection with reports of widespread corruption at the National Youth Service (NYS).

“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,” they said in a statement.

They added that where there is evidence of corruption, those responsible should be prosecuted regardless of political party, social stature, or personal connections.

“Individuals or organisations 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,” they said.

Promising   to stand together with Kenyans in the fight against corruption which they noted  has for along time  undermined Kenya’s prosperity, security, and democracy,they have urged Kenyans to unite  and take decisive action in making changes  that are  most needed.

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