NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Diplomats representing Kenya’s
bilateral partners on Friday pledged support towards the fight
against corruption that poses a threat to economic growth,
stability and cohesion in the east African country.
foreign envoys said in a statement issued at a national
anti-corruption summit held in Nairobi they will rally behind
home-grown initiatives to eradicate the vice in the public and
"As international partners, we are committed to supporting
Kenya’s fight against corruption.
"Achieving these goals will happen through strong political
leadership supported by zero tolerance for corruption from all
Kenyans," said the envoys.
Kenya hosted a two-day national anti-corruption conference to
deliberate on innovative strategies to stamp out embezzlement of
President Uhuru Kenyatta, his deputy, William Ruto and leader
of opposition, Raila Odinga joined hundreds of delegates to
rally the nation towards zero corruption in all spheres of
Foreign diplomats said corruption was a threat to nationhood
and realization of long-term prosperity in Kenya.
"Corruption is theft from the Kenyan people, and it has long
undermined the country’s prosperity, security and democracy.
"Until fully dealt with, corruption will undermine Kenya’s
long-term progress," said the envoys.
They hailed political goodwill that has revitalized the fight
against graft and pledged support towards targeted interventions
aimed at containing the menace.
"We reaffirm our readiness to support specific commitments
Kenyans have made in their pledges to fight corruption.
"These include establishing strong, reliable and independent
institutions that reduce opportunities for corruption and bring
perpetrators to justice," said the envoys.
They called for strengthening of investigative and
prosecutorial agencies that are key in the fight against
corruption at local and national levels.
Likewise, the envoys pledged technical assistance towards
agencies involved in tracing and recovery of stolen funds.
The envoys said they will strengthen partnership with key
stakeholders like investors lobby and civil society to raise
awareness against corruption.
Kenya gears up for Anti-Graft Summit in Nairobi