No way: We’ll not relent in war on graft, declares Uhuru

Thursday, August 1st, 2019 00:00 |
President Uhuru Kenyatta (right) with outgoing British High Commissioner to Kenya (left) Nic Hailey at State House, Nairobi, yesterday. Photo/PSCU

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President Uhuru Kenyatta reiterated yesterday he will not relent in the war against corruption.

The President emphasised that no effort will be spared in ensuring that the vice that has been choking the country’s economy is completely destroyed.

“We will remain focused in the fight against corruption. We hope that every institution will play its part to make this war successful,” President Kenyatta said.

Promote development

The President spoke yesterday at  State House, Nairobi when he separately bid farewell to outgoing European Union (EU) Delegation Ambassador Stefano Dejak and British High Commissioner Nic Hailey.

The President commended the two envoys for strengthening relations between Kenya and their respective jurisdictions during their tour of duty.

President Kenyatta said Kenya appreciates EU’s partnership which has promoted development adding that he looks forward to more collaboration as the country explores the blue economy as an emerging frontier for wealth and employment creation.

Strategic partner

In the meeting with Hailey, Uhuru said the UK remains one of Kenya’s biggest trade partners. “We hope to continue with the journey we began on empowering the youth through small and medium enterprises,”he said

Dejak and Hailey separately praised Presiden Uhuru  for standing firm in the war against corruption saying this will restore Kenya’s dignity and entrench its position as a thriving and progressive economy in Africa. 

“The war against corruption is restoring investors’ confidence. The EU will remain a strategic partner of Kenya not only on the economic front but in the fight against corruption as well,” Dejak said.

Hailey commended the President for the commitment he has shown in combating the vice where even senior government officials have not been spared and assured that trade between the two countries will continue to grow whether or not there is a Brexit deal.

Earlier at State House, Nairobi, the President received credentials from incoming Japanese Ambassador to Kenya Ryoichi Horie, who pledged to take the bilateral relations between the tow countries to new levels. Ambassador Horie said during his tour of duty he will work owards enhancing the close ties that have existed between his country and Kenya since 1963.

“I will devote all my energy towards strengthening the existing relationship between Kenya and Japan that is founded on our shared values and goals for the purpose of development,” Ambassador Horie told the President. 

Mutual benefit

President Uhuru welcomed the new envoy and assured of his administration’s commitment to working closely with him to boost the existing cooperation and partnership between Kenya and Japan. “Welcome to Kenya. I look forward to working with you to expand our areas of partnership for the mutual benefit of the people of Kenya and Japan,” President Kenyatta said.

President Kenyatta acknowledged Japan as one of Kenya’s key development partners whose cooperation has played a big role in the country’s development.

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