No space for  hiding looted wealth in UK,Theresa may tells corrupt public officials

No space for hiding looted wealth in UK,Theresa may tells corrupt public officials

BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,30TH AUG 2018-UK prime minister Theresa May has told  public officials in Kenya who plan to loot public money through corrupt means  and hide the same in the   UK that they will not succeed.

Speaking at state house in Nairobi on Thursday,May said the same wil be brought back to Kenya.She said that at the same time  when  Kenya ad the UK also  signed an agreement to ensure proceeds of corruption and crime hidden in Britain are returned in a continued bid by President Uhuru Kenyatta to fight the vice.

The pact was signed during a meeting between President Kenyatta and UK Prime Minister Theresa May, who is on a one-day visit to Kenya.

It was the second in three months after Kenya signed another deal with Switzerland in June 2018, when Swiss president Alain Berset visited the Nairobi.

In his speech, President Kenyatta lauded the Kenyan-Britain pact to return proceeds of crime, saying it will help deter the corrupt.

“We need to make it painfully unrewarding, and expensive to get into corruption,” he said at State House, Nairobi, following bilateral talks with Mrs May.

While the Head of State could not say how much will be expected to be repatriated to Kenya following the deal, he was confident that the agreement will help in the renewed fight against corruption.

Further, the two countries also signed pacts to ensure that the duty free quota for Kenyan goods continue even after Britain leaves the European Union.

On her part, Prime Minister May announced that Britain will soon unveil a package for the African Mission in Somalia (Amisom), the peace keeping team that comprises of Kenyan soldiers maintaining peace in the war-torn country.

In the furtherance of the fight against terrorism, Mrs May said Kenyan and British soldiers will now train jointly, with the UK PM expected to witness a joint training session in Laikipia after the briefing.

The training session will be on handling improvised devices, most of which are now being used by terrorists in the region.

“UK is the largest foreign investor in Kenya and it is our ambition to be the G7’s number one investor in Africa by 2022,” Mrs May said.

“As Britain prepares to leave the EU we are committed to smooth transition and continuity in our trading relationship.”

Kenya has a favourable balance of trade with Britain with Nairobi having exported Sh38.55 billion worth of goods to the UK in 2017, the highest of the Sh125 billion it fetched from Europe, according to the 2018 Economic Survey.

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