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

The Star (Kenya) - - News General - IMENDE BEN­JAMIN @Akhasakhulu

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.

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