Trump administration bars Kenya’s former Attorney General, Amos Sitswila Wako, his wife and son from entering USA over corruption

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The United States on Monday announced that it was barring Kenya’s Former Attorney General Amos Sitswila Wako from entering the United States over corruption.

Wako’s wife, Flora Ngaira, and son, Julius Wako, were also designated as corrupt individuals and barred from entering the United States.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement forwarded to TODAY NEWS AFRICA USA in Washington DC that “Today’s action sends a strong signal that the United States is a valuable partner in Kenya’s fight against corruption”.

Today’s action sends a strong signal that the United States is a valuable partner in Kenya’s fight against corruption”.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

He said the “economic prosperity for all Kenyans is only possible by defeating the scourge of corruption, which also requires a functional, fair, and transparent criminal justice system.  The United States will continue to stand with all Kenyans as they strive to curb and punish corruption in Kenya”.

Pompeo added that the law requires the Secretary of State to publicly or privately designate corrupt officials and their immediate family members. 

Kenya’s Former Attorney General Amos Sitswila Wako

Read the full statement below by Secretary Pompeo

Public Designation, Due to Involvement in Significant Corruption, of Kenya’s Former Attorney General Amos Sitswila Wako

Today, the Department designates former Kenyan Attorney General Amos Sitswila Wako due to his involvement in significant corruption. 

This designation is made under Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2019 (Div. F, P.L. 116-6), as carried forward by the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2020 (Div. A, P.L. 116-59). 

Section 7031(c) provides that, in cases where the Secretary of State has credible information that officials of foreign governments have been involved in significant corruption, those individuals and their immediate family members are ineligible for entry into the United States. 

The law also requires the Secretary of State to publicly or privately designate such officials and their immediate family members. 

In addition to the designation of Mr. Wako, the Department is also publicly designating Wako’s wife, Flora Ngaira, and son, Julius Wako.

Today’s action sends a strong signal that the United States is a valuable partner in Kenya’s fight against corruption. 

Economic prosperity for all Kenyans is only possible by defeating the scourge of corruption, which also requires a functional, fair, and transparent criminal justice system.  The United States will continue to stand with all Kenyans as they strive to curb and punish corruption in Kenya.

Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Based in Washington, District of Columbia, United States of America, Simon leads a brilliant team of reporters, freelance journalists, analysts, researchers and contributors from around the world to run TODAY NEWS AFRICA as editor-in-chief. Simon Ateba's journalistic experience spans over 10 years and covers many beats, including business and investment, information technology, politics, diplomacy, human rights, science reporting and much more. Write him: simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

5 COMMENTS

  1. The Us through the secretary of state has done a commendable take in our nation to help us fight corrupt but i tell you we will celebrate Mr Wako and will even entrust him with a bigger office and roles .

  2. Wako, will now taint the credibility of bbi report yet to be released. Corruption is one issues being addressed by BBI. He needs to step a side because release of the report.

  3. Comment: itakua vyema sana endapo a2a za kisheria zitachukuliwa dhidi yake,. huyo wako aadhibiwe ndo iwe funzo pia na kwa wengine.

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