RAILA ODINGA tells UHURU to fast track the recovery of assets that may have been bought from corrupt dealings by State officers

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Monday August 13, 2018 - National Super Alliance (NASA) leader, Raila Odinga, has ordered the Government of President Uhuru Kenyatta to move fast and recover assets acquired from proceeds of corruption.
In a statement he released on Sunday, Raila said it is fair to expect that the business premises that were set up on public land generated some private gain for the owners, "in the same way stolen public funds generated income in the form of bank interest and property for the suspects."

The former Premier said the Assets Recovery Agency must move with speed and ensure that the suspects, both those out on bail and the ones facing arrest, do not hide their 'ill-gotten' wealth.

"Kenyans need these monies seized and returned to finance the many gaps being experienced in the development plans,” Raila said.

"Ordinary Kenyans must not continue to bear this burden while the corrupt keep their loot,” Raila added.

Raila Odinga’s statement comes amid arrest of high profile State officers including former Nairobi Governor, Dr Evans Kidero, and National Lands Commission (NLC) chairman, Prof Mohamed Swazuri.

Here is Raila’s full statement

ALL GOVERNMENT BRANCHES, CITIZENS AND FRIENDS OF KENYA MUST STAND TO BE COUNTED IN WAR ON CORRUPTION:

In the recent couple of days, the Government of Kenya has mounted a commendable crackdown on corruption and the culture of impunity on which it rides.

This crackdown and the support by the public were unthinkable at the start of this year with Kenya torn down the middle by ethnic politics, elections and impunity until the MoU in the Building Bridges to a New Kenyan Nation happened with a very clear agenda on how to address our ages old problems.

Thanks to the bipartisan support, public lands whose recovery started then stalled under the NARC regime in 2003, has kicked off, with the grabbers denied the ethnic and political party sanctuaries they usually hide in. The political atmosphere has enabled us to look at our problems minus the usual ethnic lenses. Attempts by suspects to appeal to their ethnic bases have therefore generated near zero support.

As the crackdown continues, as it must, we need to see similar energy and speed directed at recovery of assets that were acquired from the proceeds of corruption and impunity.

It is fair to expect that the business premises that were set up on public land generated some private gain for the illegitimate owners in the same way stolen public funds generated income in the form of bank interests and property for the suspects.

The Asset Recovery Agency must move with speed and...

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