Travel ban placed on Kenya officials as corruption inquiry continues

[JURIST] Kenyan police have placed a travel ban on more than 20 officials as investigations continue into government corruption. Police told some 20 officials allegedly linked to the Goldenberg affair [BBC report], a multi-million gold and diamond scam, not to leave the country. Among those under the ban is former Education Minister George Saitoti, who resigned Monday [JURIST report] along with Energy Minister Kiraitu Murungi [official profile] in the face of the scandal. Both were implicated in a second scandal known as the Anglo Leasing affair [Wikipedia backgrounder].

Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki [official profile; BBC profile] has been accused of failing to act on the scandals, despite a campaign pledge to fight corruption in Kenya [JURIST news archive]. More than 80 MPs have called for Kibaki to fire his deputy Moody Awori for involvement in the Anglo Leasing affair, and the MPs have threatened protests if he does not. The charges have been led by exiled anti-corruption advisor John Githongo [BBC profile], who has been critical of Kibaki for failing to tackle the scandals. BBC News has more.



 

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