China to help Kenya in the war on corruption
Lingjun says in three years, they have recovered close to $US8 billion and almost 200 high-ranking officials have been arrested
China has pledged to support Kenya in the war on corruption.
Chinese Vice Minister of the Ministry of Supervision Wang Lingjun on Monday said if the situation is left unchecked, the country could degenerate into lawlessness. He said China will support the government to trace and recover stolen proceeds.
“We shall share our experiences in anti-corruption and provide an opportunity for you to understand the challenges in this fight that you are struggling with. All countries have challenges, but the support of the people we serve gives us the drive to ensure we strive to achieve a zero tolerance status in China,” Lingjun said.
He spoke when he led a delegation of senior Chinese government officials in paying a courtesy call on Attorney General Githu Muigai.
Kenya has reaffirmed her position in the war on corruption. “We are trying to marshal the discipline we need to confront the cartels that are trying to control the state using illegal processes and illicit proceeds,” Muigai said.
Lingjun said China put in place tough measures to address corruption. “The struggle has not been easy. We did not want to lose the support of the people who put so much faith in us. For us in China, we must tackle corruption at all levels,” he said. “Government officials had to be stopped from using public funds for their own benefit.”
He said in three years, China has managed to recover close to $US8 billion and almost 200 high-ranking officials at ministerial level have been arrested.
“China thanks the Kenyan government for its assistance in the arrest and repatriation of one of the criminals, who had sought a safe haven here,” Lingjun said.
He said the major areas the Chinese government has concentrated on during her fight against corruption are assets recovery and repatriation of suspects.