Kenya Triggers Hunt For Ill-Gotten Wealth Stashed Abroad

Paul Kihara Kariuki, Kenya’s Attorney-General. Photo : RR

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADV) – Kenyan authorities are on a hunting spree to identify, confiscate and restitute billions of Kenyan shillings stashed abroad by mischievous politicians, sources said Sunday.

On Saturday, Kenya’s Attorney-General allegedly wrote to seven countries seeking information about bank accounts and assets in the names of Kenyan citizens who allegedly siphoned ill-gotten monies abroad, the ‘Sunday Nation’ newspaper said.

It confirmed reports that dozens of influential individuals, including prominent politicians and businessmen were holding astronomical sums of money in unnamed foreign countries.

The latest move by the government follows several previous failed attempts to recover money hidden abroad, sources reported.

Two other institutions charged with fighting graft including Kenya’s ‘Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission’ and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations are involved in the hunt.

They are all said to be cross-checking details they hold about prominent individuals and the alleged ill-gotten wealth including monies and property held abroad.

By all indications, Switzerland, the United States and the United Kingdom are the countries most susceptible to hold large sums of stolen monies in their banks and parallel institutions.

It can be recalled that the Swiss government has in the past restituted billions of dollars stolen by President Sani Abacha, late Nigerian military head of state.

© Bur-csa – A.H – Oumaima Mourtada / From our regional correspondent Tamba Jean-Matthew III – African Daily Voice (ADV)