NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta vowed on Wednesday to
continue with the fight against rampant corruption, saying his
government will spare no efforts to recover all resources stolen
Kenyatta whose government arrested more than
50 suspects linked to the 90 million U.S. dollar scandal and charged
them in court, said all resources and monies recovered will be
redirected to the original development purposes they were intended
"There will be no mercy for the thieves.
"Their days are numbered.
"They will be prosecuted and jailed," he said at a public forum
Kenyatta reaffirmed his message on corruption, saying all
culprits will be prosecuted and jailed.
His warning comes after the country’s Director of Public
Prosecution Noordin Mohamed Harji said more than 50 public officials
and over ten private sector individuals would be investigated for
their involvement in a suspected theft of 90 million dollars from
the country’s National Youth Service (NYS).
NYS is the country’s premier vocational training institute for
under-privileged youth involved in some of its flagship projects.
The organization is populated by volunteers who receive
government stipends while undergoing technical training and
assisting with government projects.
Kenyatta cautioned Kenyans to stop using tribal sentiments to
defend individuals caught in the web of corruption.
He said all corrupt Kenyans must be identified as individuals
irrespective of the tribes they came from.
"I do not want to hear anybody defending those caught in corrupt
"A thief is a thief irrespective of the tribe he/ she comes
from," said the President.
Meanwhile, eighteen Western envoys have lauded Kenya’s renewed
commitment to fight corruption and pledged to support the efforts.
The envoys from Britain, the United States, EU and Germany said
they will stand with the East African nation in its quest to deal
with the scourge and called for fair trial process.
"We urge that Kenya’s judiciary take swift action, consistent
with the rule of law, to ensure fair trials and justice.
has long undermined Kenya’s prosperity, security, and democracy,"
they said in a joint statement issued in Nairobi.
The foreign diplomats said corruption requires strong Kenyan
political leadership, a commitment to zero tolerance for corruption,
and all government and law enforcement agencies working together.
The diplomats welcomed the recent action by the Director of
Public Prosecutions, working with the Directorate of Criminal
Investigations, to charge officials and others in connection with
reports of widespread corruption at the NYS.
"We also welcome President Kenyatta’s statements and actions to
address the corruption scourge.
"When there is evidence of
corruption, those responsible should be prosecuted regardless of
political party, social stature, or personal connections," said the