Here’s what the world thinks of Kenya’s War on Corruption, from the desk of US State Department

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Apparently Kenya’s war on corruption and impunity looks like a joke to the rest of the world, and honestly, they would not be wrong, because it is.

The United States Government has expressed doubts over the effectiveness of the fight against impunity in high ranking levels of its Kenyan counterpart.

A human rights report released on Wednesday by the US State Department reveals that there still exists rampant human rights abuses and that there lacks accountability for criminal acts in the President Uhuru Kenyatta-led government.

It further claimed that the impunity persisted despite the president’s, together with his deputy William Ruto, efforts to end the vice.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto.

Broken down, the human rights abuses carried out at various levels of government in 2018 included unlawful and politically motivated killings, harsh and life-threatening prison conditions, forced disappearances and torture.

The reports also pointed out that the Independent Policing Oversight Authority investigated numerous cases of misconduct whose capacity had only been increasing over time.

“The Kenyan government took only limited and uneven steps to address cases of alleged unlawful killings by security force members,” read the report.

Stalled dam construction works whose high government officials have been grilled over the disappearance of billions.

In corruption, the report revealed that the cases were still common but lauded the president’s efforts to tame the vice.

“President Kenyatta intensified his anti-corruption campaign launched in 2015, and the Inspector General of police continued his strong public stance against corruption among police officers,” continued the report.

The country’s Judiciary was also not saved from the wrath as the report found it quite inefficient.

This comes at a time when the country is fighting funds embezzlement including the alleged loss of Ksh21 Billion in the Arror and Kimwarer dam scandal.

Three Cabinet Secretaries (Henry Rotich of Treasury, Eugene Wamalwa of Devolution and Agriculture’s Mwangi Kiunjuri) have since been grilled over the matter.

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